Eight Chemists Receive Prestigious Graduate Fellowships – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Eight Chemists Receive Prestigious Graduate Fellowships

HWS graduates will attend Duke, Ohio State and other universities

(April 25, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–With their time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges coming to an end, eight chemistry and biochemistry majors have accepted graduate fellowship offers from Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the University of California-Irvine, the University of California-Los Angeles and Ohio State University. Each graduate will receive full tuition waivers and generous graduate assistantships to support his or her work toward the doctorate.

Caterina CaiazzaCaterina (Cathy) Caiazza '05 will attend Duke University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. This past summer, Caiazza interned at General Motors, where she researched hydrogen fuel cells. In 2003, Caiazza worked as an intern for NASA's Johnson Space Center through The Lunar and Planetary Science Institute (LPSI). She has presented work before the Institute and the Geological Society of America. She was most recently honored as a 2004 Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist and has previously been named a 2004 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for her academic achievement in chemistry.

Caiazza, the daughter of Vincenzo and Mirta Caiazza from Rochester, N.Y., has been an active member of the HWS community, serving on the Day of Service Planning Committee and acting as an Orientation Leader for the past two years. She is also a member of Hai Timiai honor society, the Koshare dance organization and the Senior Gift Committee. Caizza is a recipient of the Richard Abbe ’92 and Michael Gantcher ’92 Scholarship.

Hilda CastilloHilda Castillo '05 will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. Castillo has completed more than three years of undergraduate research at HWS in the laboratory of Professor Carol Parish, investigating the conformational flexibility of HIV protease inhibitor drugs and the quantum mechanical behavior of enediyne anti-cancer drugs. Castillo has presented the results of her work widely, including a peer-reviewed publication in the “Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM” and at regional and national scientific meetings such as two national American Chemical Society conferences. As an undergraduate, Castillo received the Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Xerox Technical Minority Fellowship and the American Chemical Society Scholar award. She was also a 2004 and 2003 National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research fellow and a 2003 ACS-PRF Summer Research Fellow.

Castillo, of New York City, is the daughter of Alex and Felix Castillo and the recipient of several HWS awards such as the First Year Chemistry Achievement Award, the Robert A. Huff Scholarship and the Professor Pim Larson Kovach Award. She is a member of the Colleges' chemistry club and volunteers on and off campus for several organizations that aid breast cancer research and children with disabilities. She was recently inducted into the Sigma Xi research honor society. Castillo is a recipient of the Drs. Lynn ’20 and James ’51 Rumbold Memorial Scholarship.

Angela DannAngela Dann '05 will attend Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. Dann is currently completing her honors project in chemistry titled “Inorganic Molecular Wire Candidates: Synthesis and Characterization” under the supervision of Professor Christine de Denus. Her research is focused on the synthesis of new materials that may be used in future electronic devices. Dann has presented her work at two American Chemical Society meetings and at the annual Summer Science Research symposium held on campus. She has been a recipient of a 2002 Merck/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Summer Research Fellowship, as well as a 2003 Patchett Summer Research Fellowship. This past summer she received a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates in Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, at IBM laboratories, Calif. Dann is a recipient of the Lois Bampton Scholarship.

In addition to her scientific contributions, Dann is a midfielder for the William Smith Heron's field hockey team, a volunteer for the Geneva Community Lunch Program, a member of the chemistry club and a student affiliate of the American Chemical Society. She has also consistently made the Dean's list. She is the daughter of James and Shari Dann, of Marathon, N.Y.

Nicolette GuthrieNicolette Guthrie '05 will attend the University of Michigan to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. At HWS, Guthrie was a chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration and an environmental studies minor. She has done research for the past two years at the Colleges in the laboratory of Professor Erin Pelkey. Her research in organic chemistry involved developing a new synthesis of 3,4-diaryl 3-pyrrolin-2-ones, potential anti-inflammatory agents. She successfully completed the synthesis of a Vioxx analog containing a 3-pyrrolin-2-one structure. She presented her work in August 2004 at the national American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia. The daughter of Ronald and Jean Guthrie of Durham, N.H., Guthrie was recently elected to the Sigma Xi research honor society and she is the current president of the chemistry club. Guthrie is a recipient of the Dr. John and Margaret Owen Endowed Scholarship.

Clarence RolleClarence Rolle '05 will attend Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry. Rolle is a chemistry major with a minor in mathematics and environmental studies. He has worked in the research lab of Professor Christine de Denus looking at the way electrons are transferred in materials that may be used in electronic devices. He is a member of the HWS chemistry club, and a student affiliate of the American Chemical Society. In 2003, he was the recipient of a Provost Summer Research Fellowship, and in 2004, he was the recipient of a UNCF Summer Research Fellowship. He has presented his research at an American Chemical Society national meeting. He is the son of Clarence and Carolyn Rolle, from Freeport, Bahamas.

Greg SandAfter graduation, Greg Sand '05 will pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His independent research has spanned one year in the laboratory of Justin Miller, where he studied methods for the construction of peptides and peptidic natural products. Sand was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and received the Phi Beta Kappa book prize in 2003. He has held a Herman Goldman Foundation Scholarship for three years. Among Sand's numerous awards are the Chemical Rubber Company First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award, the Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry and the Eaton-Cross Prize for Achievement in Biology and Chemistry. He is the son of Edward and Maureen Sand, from Tonawanda, N.Y.

Max ZimmerleyMaxwell Zimmerley '05 will attend the University of California-Irvine to pursue a Ph.D. in physical or environmental chemistry. He will graduate from Hobart in May with an A.C.S. certified B.S. degree in chemistry and with a minor in environmental science. Zimmerley completed more than two years of undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Carol Pa