Student Finds Prescription For Success With Internship At Rutgers Pharmacy Program


HIGH POINT, N.C., June 23, 2011 – Ashley Press, a rising senior majoring in chemistry with a minor in mathematics at High Point University, is spending the summer participating in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Pharmacology Fellowship Program in Piscataway, N.J.

Press, a native of Greensboro, was the only non-Rutgers student to gain acceptance into the program, and one of only three who are not in the Rutgers Pharmacy program. During the internship, she will be working in the Toxicology Department on cancerous cells and their reaction to pesticides.

She credits her coursework at HPU for preparing her for the projects she’s involved in at the fellowship program.

“In particular, my chemistry classes have helped me with the calculations I need to dilute samples and figure out concentrations in unknown samples,” says Press.

Press says the experience has given her insight into her future career plans.

“The program has already subjected me to many techniques and technology seen in the industry so that when I do become a pharmacist, I will be keen on the next up and coming drug,” Press adds.

After graduation, Press plans to attend pharmacy school.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 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

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