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Marco Allodi '08 Awarded Fulbright Grant to Conduct Research in Germany

Posted April 16, 2008
Marco Allodi, a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton College, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to Germany. His proposed project, to be conducted at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the Heinreich-Heine University in Dusseldorf with Professor Hans Betterman, will research the excited triplet state of cartenoids. Cartenoids play a major role in the photosynthetic pathway, but their triplet states are difficult to study because precise forms of spectroscopy must be employed. Intracavity absorption spectroscopy will be used to investigate triplet states in zeaxanthin, violaxanthin and fucozxanthin. 

Earlier this year Allodi was named to USA Today's 19th annual All-USA College Academic Team third team. Each February, USA Today honors 20 undergraduate academic all-stars as its All-USA College Academic Team, plus 60 students who are selected for the second and third teams and honorable mention. In 2007 he was the recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. 

A chemical physics major, Allodi conducts research with George Shields, the Winslow Professor of Chemistry at Hamilton. Allodi was first author on a paper published in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2006) "Do Hydroxyl Radical-Water Clusters, OH(H2O)n, n=1-5, Exist in the Atmosphere?". He has presented research at the Sanibel Symposium in Florida; the MERCURY conference, a national undergraduate computational chemistry conference held each year at Hamilton; and at the Hamilton chapter of Sigma Xi's poster session for student research in 2005. 

In 2007 Allodi conducted history research at Cambridge University in England, and spent a semester in Madrid in 2006, through Hamilton's Academic Year in Spain program. 

Allodi was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society in 2007. He is the recipient of a Hans H. Schambach Scholarship, awarded with admission to 10 members of the entering class based on academic promise, and has been named to the Dean's List from 2004 to 2007. 

He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for which he has served as chaplain, secretary and philanthropy chair; the College Choir; the Tae Kwon Do club; an RA for pre-freshman summer science researchers; Hamilton Christian Fellowship; Chemistry Society, and Spanish Club. After his return from Germany, Allodi plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, then conduct research and teach at the college level. 

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The program is designed to give recent college graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience. 

It offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State. The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 900 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. 

Allodi is the son of Janet and Federico Allodi of Oriskany, N.Y.


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