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Rebecca Beadling

Levittown, PA
Chemistry and Biology

Rebecca Beading
Without the faculty mentorship I’ve received at IUP, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
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.”

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IUP is situated in the Borough of Indiana, just 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. With a population of 35,000, Indiana and its adjacent communities offer the best of small-town life: cafes and restaurants for all budgets, small shops, a mall and friendly neighbors. Students and faculty partner with local agencies on many community service projects. The area is home to the Indiana Regional Medical Center and prominent companies in energy, finance, insurance and other industries.  Green spaces in town, including Co-op Park and White’s Woods, are great places for picnics, softball and other recreation. Nearby Yellow Creek State Park is a popular place to hike, camp, fish or take in a beautiful sunset.

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Founded as Indiana Normal School in 1875, IUP is a comprehensive doctoral/research university today, offering more than 130 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs. The university enrolls 13,058 undergraduate and 2,321 graduate students; about 16 percent are minority students, and 5 percent are international. IUP faculty are well known for their dedication to teaching– some are listed in the Princeton Review’s “Top 300 Professors in the Country.” Their research in many fields gives students experience using equipment and facilities, collecting and analyzing data and presenting findings. Most of the residence halls are brand-new, built since 2006: They offer suite living and Living-Learning Communities for students with similar academic interests. The Kovalchick Complex, home of Hawks Basketball, opened in 2011 and has won a national award for university venues. A humanities academic building with state-of-the-art digital resources is under construction. Some things don’t change, though: The heart of the 350-acre campus is the Oak Grove, as it has been for 100 years. It’s the place to see and be seen while on your way to class or just hanging out.

Most Popular Programs

Criminology, psychology, biology, natural science, nursing, communications media, accounting, management, undeclared business and health and human services.

Highlighted Programs

Nursing – Each year, graduates of the bachelor’s program pass the NCLEX-RN exam at one of the highest rates in the United States—last year, 99 percent passed the exam on their first try.  Faculty are the driving force:  They bring excellence and dedication to every moment of their work with students, from classroom instruction through clinical experiences, which students begin in their sophomore year.

Accounting – The bachelor’s degree program is broad and flexible by design. Students learn financial reporting system design and analysis, managerial accounting, taxation and nonprofit accounting in courses that merge classroom experience and real-world expertise in technological settings. Many students find they can add a second major in finance, forging an extremely powerful professional resume.

Fashion Merchandising – This bachelor’s program develops a student’s eye for fashion and the bottom line. An intensive core of apparel and textile courses covers design, construction, production, distribution, merchandising and more aspects of the industry in a global context. A strong business component includes accounting, mathematics and other courses. Through a cooperative program between IUP and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, seniors can pursue additional topics. All for a lower cost than a fashion school.

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