Anna Kowalok has been accepted into the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP). Kowalok is a junior from Pikeville majoring in math with a minor in Spanish.
The fellowship program seeks to develop students interested in continuing their education beyond the undergraduate level and who have chosen a career field of higher education and student affairs.
“All my teachers have been supportive and inspired me and helped me to be the person that I am both in and out of the classroom,” said Kowalok. “I hope to help students discover the person they want to become.”
As part of the yearlong program, Kowalok will be working with Sonia Smith, director of career counseling, and Justin Tyler Owens, Ph.D., dean of students, to complete a variety of projects to increase student engagement on campus.
“I want to earn my doctorate degree in higher education and someday become a dean at a university,” said Kowalok. “I look forward to job shadowing in various departments on campus to get exposure to the day-to-day processes and submerge myself into various aspects of higher education to see how everything works together.”
“This is a great success story in the making as this fellowship can connect Anna with experience, networking and opportunity in higher education and student affairs,” said Smith, who will serve as Kowalok’s mentor at UPIKE. “As a part of the program, Anna will be conducting research, talking with folks in a variety of offices across campus and presenting her findings.”
The program also includes mentorship, free membership and the ability to participate in the NASPA national conference and opportunities for a summer paid internship at a college or university and to apply for a week-long national leadership institute for development in higher education.