Biology Major Gets Scientific Research Experience Through Summer Internship

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. Sept. 20, 2011 – Adam Frock, a senior majoring in biology at High Point University, recently completed an 11-week summer research training program in biological sciences at the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, Fla.

Frock, a native of Clairborne, Md., was selected by the Whitney Lab’s faculty to be one of only eight participants in their Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the Whitney Lab’s REU program is to provide science students with a realistic experience conducting original scientific research.

During his internship, Frock applied state-of-the-art approaches to study the biochemistry of the digestive system of mosquito larvae. Frock was mentored by Dr. Paul Linser, professor of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Florida.

In addition to conducting original research, Frock participated in career development workshops focusing on scientific ethics and communication, and he visited with graduate departments on the Gainesville campus of the University of Florida to gain insights on how to apply for graduate school. He also participated in field trips to Florida’s diverse aquatic facilities. The culminating event of Frock’s summer experience was an Undergraduate Research Symposium during which he and his fellow REU interns described the results of their summer research in oral and poster presentations.

Following graduation, Frock will pursue graduate studies for a career in basic biological research.

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. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 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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