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Doctoral student recognized with summer fellowship

Thursday, January 17, 2019


ChojnackiRebekah Chojnacki, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was recently recognized with a Graduate Archer Fellowship. She will spend the summer of 2019 living in the nation’s capital and learning about the federal government and public service.

The program was established in 2010 by The University of Texas System with the goal of bringing graduate and medical students who are interested in policy and politics to Washington D.C. This immersive program involves a diverse group of organizations including the U.S. Department of Education, the White House and Congress. Graduate Archer Fellows earn nine hours of in-residence credit for the experience and take classes focused on the policy-making process from UT System faculty members.

“My current career goal is to eventually run a prestigious fellowships and scholarships office at university,” said Chojnacki, “so securing a prestigious fellowship myself seemed like logical preparation for my current long-term goals.”

“Rebekah is one of those rare students who dedicates herself to her work and shows a passion for learning,” wrote Dr. Barbara Tobolowski in her letter recommending Chojnacki for the program. “It is her enthusiasm and academic excellence that make her an ideal candidate for the fellowship.”

“Rebekah is an outstanding student and represents the best of the Mav Spirit!” said Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty, Dean of the College of Education. “She is dedicated to academic excellence and is a shining example of what can be accomplished with hard work and a positive attitude. As an Archer Award recipient, I know that Rebekah will be an excellent ambassador for UTA as she completes her fellowship in Washington. We are so proud of her achievements!”