Rebecca Beadling traveled to Stanford University last year to attend the Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference along with her mentor, chemistry professor Charles Lake. She presented a research poster on her neutron diffraction study to determine the atomic structure of sodium-zinc-cobalt silicate. Although an undergraduate, she won the Chung Soo Yoo Award for graduate-level research.
“I didn't realize I had a talent for chemistry, but Professor Lake said he believed I would excel. I participated in his crystallography research project, and ended up winning an award for graduate-level work!”
With the encouragement of her professor, Beadling, a biology education major, gained a strong passion for chemistry, enjoying its many challenges. She joined Dr. Lake’s research project, even though, she said, “I had no knowledge of these areas, but I learned fast.”
She travelled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where she had the opportunity to use the Spallation Neutron Source to collect data.
After winning the award at Stanford, Beadling was invited to present her research at the annual conference of the American Crystallographic Association in Hawaii.
“Professor Lake has pushed me to work my hardest and learn to problem-solve and carry out work independently. Without the faculty mentorship I’ve received at IUP, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”