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  • Academic Excellence

  • Academic Excellence

  • Morgan Glasser working in a science lab

    Junior biology major Morgan Glasser will spend her summer doing research at internationally known cancer center MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Glasser’s research is funded through the Kopchick Summer Fellowship program, which provides the opportunity for an IUP student to participate in research at MD Anderson each summer.

    Access to deep and innovative academic experiences prepare future leaders to be ready for what they’ll face immediately after graduation and decades beyond. Knowledge and know how that students hone as part of their major coursework and the softs skills they pick up in liberal education classes—public speaking, critical thinking, cultural context, and effective writing and communication—ensure today’s students are ready for tomorrow’s challenges.

    In addition to a new science complex, named for benefactors John Kopchick ’72, M’75 and Char Labay Kopchick ‘73 and that will support cross-disciplinary teaching, learning, and research in the rapidly changing science fields, campaign priorities include the following:

    • A new simulation patient theater to improve upon IUP’s current nursing simulation laboratories.

    • A modernized facility for the Academy of Culinary Arts, which will not only better accommodate IUP’s highly successful culinary program but also help to revitalize downtown Punxsutawney.

    • The interdisciplinary program in Public Health, which responds to the needs of the region in the face of the opioid crisis, childhood obesity epidemic, and continued generational poverty.

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