Students and Faculty Recognized for Research and Innovation

May 22nd, 2019

Students and Faculty Recognized for Research and Innovation

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 22, 2019 – Members of the High Point University community frequently conduct, publish and share research and creative works in a variety of ways. Below is a recap of research initiatives from the past month.

HPU Student Receives Innovation Achievement Award

Christian Porter, a rising sophomore and entrepreneurship major at HPU, received an Innovation Achievement Award from Clear Fuel LLC in Knoxville, Tennessee, for his work in developing packaging systems for the company. While working for Clear Fuel in the summer of 2018, Porter realized the need to accelerate production rates for filling containers of diesel exhaust fluid. This led him to play an instrumental role in developing a faster, more efficient jug-filling system. His design is being used and replicated by the company to improve production rates.

“It was great experience in fabricating, troubleshooting and implementing a new solution to meet a real business problem,” says Porter. “With the old unit, it took about 30 seconds to fill each jug, and the company couldn’t keep up with production demands. Options from outside vendors were high-cost and had three to six months lead time. It took some trial and error, but the new system cuts the time to five seconds per unit for a cost of $2,500 per machine.”


Pharmacy Student Selected for Gateway to Research Award

Rebekah Placide, an HPU Pharmacy student, has been selected to receive the Gateway to Research Award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. Placide received the $5,000 scholarship from a highly selective pool of applicants for her project, titled “Development of New Antagonist Ligands for Dopamine D4 Receptor to Treat Substance Use Disorders.”

“We are so proud of Rebekah for receiving this prestigious scholarship,” says Dr. Comfort Boateng, assistant professor in the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at HPU. “She will have the unique opportunity to participate in a faculty-mentored research project, giving her the chance to gain an understanding of research while improving her clinical skills.”




Dietary Study Conducted by HPU Published in International Journal

Students and faculty from the exercise science, physical therapy and chemistry departments at HPU have published the results of a study conducted on a potential dietary supplement that could improve recovery from exercise. The project, published in the international journal PLoS ONE, details a pilot study to determine if a novel formulation of glutathione, an antioxidant, could be effectively absorbed by the blood. HPU worked with Nanoceutical Solutions, an independent company that funded the research, to develop the supplement. HPU students Kate Storo and Haley Fair, professors Dr. Andrew Wommack, Dr. Colin Carriker and Dr. James Smoliga, and alumna Brianna Bruggeman were co-authors of the article.

“Nanoceutical Solutions sought our expertise to ethically and accurately determine whether this product can be absorbed effectively,” says Wommack, an assistant professor of chemistry at HPU. “This effort illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of modern science research at HPU and how, as faculty, we can help develop our students to engage in private business to leverage science to produce and test products.”

HPU English Students Present at Honor Society Convention

HPU English students Emily Burke, Emmi Palenbaum, Meagan Pusser, Raegan Thomas and Julia Wallace traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, to present at the annual convention for Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. Each of the students presented a scholarly paper derived from British literature, American literature and critical theory courses at HPU. They also had the opportunity to hear featured speakers, attend career and professional workshops and explore cultural offerings in the city during the convention.

“The students worked with me to develop their papers far beyond what was required in their courses,” says Dr. Matthew Carlson, assistant professor of English. “Their manuscripts were judged based on rigorous criteria by a panel of English professors from across the country to be selected for presentation. This accomplishment says a lot about the quality of the work our English students are producing.”


Students Compete at American Marketing Association Conference

Six HPU students, Daniel Troupe, Quynh Le, Sabrina Scibilia, Liesel Kreiner, Amanda Rackley and Julia Hildesheim, and Dr. Cindy Hanson, associate professor of marketing, attended the American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. Scibilia, Kreiner, Rackley and Hildesheim competed as a team in the marketplace simulation and were recognized for Top Demand in Quarter 2, Profit Exceeding $1 Million in Quarter 3, and they placed in the Top 20 overall in the competition. All students attended a variety of events, including a career fair, leadership seminars, career exploration workshops and speakers from various marketing career paths.

“The conference is a great opportunity for our students to learn about marketing and marketing careers, to compete against and network with marketing students from top universities across the U.S., and to develop their leadership skills,” says Hanson. “I was so proud of our students this year. They were fierce competitors in both the Wall Street Journal case competition and the Marketplace Simulation, and represented HPU very well in every conference event.”