Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumnae Return to Speak to Students

Posted on 10/24/2016 1:25:45 PM

Three alumnae from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are returning to IUP on November 7, 2016, to speak to students on graduate school and employment opportunities.

Rebecca Beadling ’14 (Biology, Chemistry), Ashleigh Craig ’14 (Applied Mathematics, Economics), and Sarah (Raneri) Papa MS’11 (Applied Mathematics) are all former recipients of S-COAM Scholarships. They return to IUP to share their experiences with current students. Beadling and Craig will give concurrent presentations from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.

Beadling, who is currently a PhD student in geosciences at the University of Arizona, will speak on “Using Climate Models to Understand the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and its Role in Earth’s Climate” in the HUB Allegheny room.

Craig, who is currently in the MS program in Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University, will speak on “Optimizing your STEM Degree” in the HUB Monongahela Room. She will address questions such as “should you go to grad school or get a job?” and “where can you work and where should you look for a job?”

Craig notes that the job search in STEM fields can often be quite difficult because the job title does not always explicitly state “mathematician” or “scientist.” However, in today’s world of big data, STEM majors are needed now more than ever to develop analytics. So, where is this big data, and where can STEM majors work? Craig will share her internship experiences providing examples of how STEM majors can apply their knowledge to positions in industry and government. Additionally, she will share her experience as a graduate student at Clemson University, including her research in bi-objective facility location problems with interaction.

At 3:30 p.m., Beadling, Craig, and Papa (lead business analyst, UPMC Health Plan) will lead a panel discussion for students concerning careers and graduate school. The panel discussion will take place in the HUB Susquehanna Room.

Attendance vouchers will be supplied to students if instructors wish to encourage attendance.

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