Press Release for Thursday, May 3, 2007

UNF Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

University of North Florida student Natalia Klosak recently received a fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2007-2008 academic year. This award will enable her to pursue a degree in medicine and a Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Klosak, a UNF senior, is among 100 students nationwide to receive the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Award of Excellence. The Fellowship Program allocates nearly $380,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate study. Currently, 60 Fellowships of $5,000 and 40 Awards of Excellence in the amount of $2,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process is based on the applicant’s academic performance, leadership/service on campus and in the community, evidence of graduate potential, personal statement of educational perspective, purpose and objectives, and three recommendation letters that attest to the student’s performance, citizenship and character.

Klosak, 21, will be graduating from UNF tomorrow with a 3.93 GPA, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry and a minor in public health. Upon obtaining her doctorate, she hopes to be involved in medical research.

Locally, the Mandarin resident has been involved Alzheimer’s disease research at the Mayo Clinic for two years, which led to scholarly articles being published in the Journal of Molecular Generation and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Klosak, a native of Poland, has also been involved in neurology research at Mayo involving doctor-patient communication.

At UNF, she has conducted chemistry research with Dr. Stuart Chalk, associate professor of chemistry and physics, to design and implement a device to detect harmful chemicals, such as nerve agents, that could be placed in the U.S. water supply as part of a terrorist attack. This research was presented at the Florida American Chemical Society.

Klosak is president of the UNF Pre-Medical Society and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the University Scholars Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Additionally, she is also a member of the American Chemical Society and the Other Club, a dining debate society founded by Winston Churchill. She has been a Mayo Clinic volunteer since 2003 and tutors struggling high school students in science on weekends.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on nearly 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.