HPU Students Attend Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 18, 2010 ? Several students from High Point University gave oral presentations and poster presentations at the third Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (Big SURS), hosted by Radford University.

The 12 students who attended were Keith Brinsfield, Michelle Hardy, Tiffany Byerly, Catherine Hendricks, Colin McGuire, Elizabeth Messina, Mark Montazer, Rachael Parker, Christine Pizzano, Aaron Robinson, Benjamin Tutterow and Andrew Tzavarus; advisers who attended were Gray Bowman, Chris Fowler, Harold Goldston, Elizabeth McCorquodale, Roger Shore, Aaron Titus and James Trammell.

While there, the students presented research in chemistry, communication, computer science and physics.

Presentations included:

“AESOP: The After-school Experiential Science Outreach Program at High Point University,” by Michelle Hardy and Tiffany Byerly.

“Modeled Physiological Iron Extraction measured by CE,” by Keith Brinsfield.

“The Office…of Admissions,” by Andrew Tzavaras.

“A Classical Force Exchange Simulation,” by Colin McGuire.

“High-Resolution Data Visualization Using Rocks Clusters,” by Aaron Robinson.

“Accounting for Non-Constant Thrust in a Model Rocket Simulator,” by Elizabeth Messina.

“Simulating Exoplanets and Radial Velocity Curves,” by Mark Montazer.

“Regeneration of Cellulose Film Containing Bromophenol Blue from 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Acetate,” by Rachael Parker.

“The Synthesis of Iron Chelating Agents using Cuprophane Film and Psyllium Powder,” by Christine Pizzano.

“An Alternative Numerical Technique for Calculating Radial Component of Net Force on an Object,” by Catherine Hendricks.

“The binding of biotinylated liposomes to avidin-modified surfaces: A didactic demonstration of the use of protein-ligand interactions in liposomal targeting applications,” by Benjamin Tutterow.

“Though HPU’s student contingent was mostly science students, it’s important to note that of the more than 100 oral and poster presentations, the majority of non-poster presentations were outside of the physical and life sciences,” says Dr. Aaron Titus, associate professor of physics. “This included numerous presentations from the humanities, social sciences, and visual/performing arts. ? Big SURS is not just for the sciences ? it’s for everyone. It is my goal to increase representation from humanities, communication, business and social sciences.”

Titus says next year, Big SURS will be held at Virginia Military Institute.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring 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 http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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