HPU Students Participate In Asheville Research Symposium


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 31, 2009 – Several High Point University students recently presented papers at the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (Big SURS), held March 27-28 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Big SURS provides an opportunity for students from Big South Conference universities to present their research, scholarship and creative activities to their conference peers and faculty.

Craig Clodfelter, a senior majoring in chemistry, presented “A Convenient Method for the Cogeneration of Deuterium Chloride and Hydrogen Chloride for the Physical Chemistry Laboratory.” His research was completed alongside fellow HPU student Joseph Kennaday and Dr. Gray Bowman, professor of chemistry.

Kennaday, a senior majoring in chemistry, presented “An Investigation of the Spectroscopic and Chromatographic Behavior of Several 2,4-Dinitrophenyl Hydrazones: A Problem in Laboratory Pedagogy.” His research was completed alongside Bowman and Dr. Elizabeth McCorquodale, assistant professor of chemistry.

Christina Hardy, a junior majoring in chemistry, presented “Separation and Quantification of Coumarin in Cinnamon by Capillary Electrophoresis.” Her research was completed alongside fellow HPU student Stephen Ako-Nai and McCorquodale.

Chelsea Betts, a junior majoring in chemistry, presented “The Synthesis of Polymeric Sponges Containing Sulfonic Acid Groups and Their Evaluation as General Acid Catalysts.” Her research was completed alongside fellow HPU student Claire Poh and Bowman.

Crystal Fesperman, a senior criminal justice major with a minor in chemistry, presented “Synthesis of 3-Oxapentanedial and the Related 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazone Derivative.” Her research was completed alongside fellow HPU student Paul Gifford and Bowman.

Other students who attended the Symposium include Nicholas Benton, Kaylyn Carpenter, Sydney Clark, Rachael Parker, Christine Pizzano, Jeremy Turkett, Chelsea White and Brandi Williamson, all sophomores majoring in chemistry at HPU.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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