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HPU Students In American Chemical Society To Compete In Poster Session In Puerto Rico

09.23.2009

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 23, 2009 – Students in the American Chemical Society at High Point University will soon represent the school in Puerto Rico at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society thanks to a generous $3,000 donation by TransTech Pharma Inc. Chairman and CEO Dr. Adnan Mjalli.
 
Three chemistry students – Claire Poh, a senior; Laura Lee, a sophomore; and Kristina Hardy, a senior – have been accepted to present their research at the upcoming event, to be held Oct. 21-24. There, the students will compete in the undergraduate poster session against other regional research students.
 
HPU faculty members who co-authored the projects are Dr. Gray Bowman, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, who worked with Poh; Dr. Harold Goldston, assistant professor of chemistry, who worked with Lee; and Dr. Elizabeth McCorquodale, assistant professor of chemistry, who worked with Hardy.
 
“It is truly an honor to be accepted to present,” says Hardy, who serves as the American Chemical Society president at HPU. “The three of us immediately became excited at the possibility of winning first place at the competition.”
 
Mjalli, who also serves on the HPU Board of Trustees, says he is proud of the students’ efforts.
 
The students are hopeful of the competition’s outcome.
 
“Claire, Laura and I have been working diligently on our research and have presented at numerous meetings, both on and off campus,” Hardy says. “With last year being the biggest year for off-campus presentations of research in the chemistry department, we are ready to top last year’s record and hope for a victory.”
 
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 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 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. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. 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 www.highpoint.edu.
Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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