Student Spends Summer Researching at Cornell University

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 27, 2011 – Mary Funke, a rising junior at High Point University majoring in chemistry with a minor in math, is spending the summer conducting research as part of unique internship at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Funke, who was chosen among 800 applicants, is one of just 28 students nationwide selected to participate in the Center for Material Research REU Internship program. Other students interning come from Princeton University, the University of California at Berkley, as well as Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During the 10-week internship, Funke will conduct research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She will be studying the transistor interface to DNA and associated surface electrochemistry. At the conclusion, she will write a summary and give a presentation on what she learned during the experience.

“As a chemistry major, I was unsure about having a research project in an unfamiliar subject. However, with High Point’s education and my previous research, I have the foundation that I need to succeed,” says Funke. “I’m looking forward to returning to High Point and sharing my knowledge as well as my experiences with my peers and professors.”

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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Pam Haynes

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