June 22, 2016 at 10:15am
Dane Lisser

Millikin graduate earns Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Adam FalaszRecent Millikin University graduate Adam Falasz '16 has been awarded a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship for graduate or professional study during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards the fellowships to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study, with selection based on academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation and career goals.

While attending Millikin, Falasz was a Presidential Scholar majoring in chemistry and biology. Currently, Falasz is a full-time dental student with Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU/SDM).

"The Phi Kappa Phi fellowship is a substantial award," Falasz said. "I will be putting the Fellowship toward some of the fees associated with the first year of dental school, specifically, to purchase all instruments I will need for the duration of my schooling. This includes the tools all dentists use, which is exciting for me to delve into. In relation, purchasing the instrumentation, rather than renting, means I will have items to take into my first job as a dentist."

From Bloomington, Ill., Falasz decided to attend Millikin University because of its strong Pre-Professional program and proximity to his hometown. Falasz became involved with programs such as Student Senate. He worked as a tutor and teaching assistant in the departments of chemistry and biology. He also oversaw the Honors Living-Learning Community in Dolson Hall as a resident assistant.

"Millikin's Pre-Professional program helped me attain acceptance to four outstanding dental schools," Falasz said. "The program at Millikin helped me meet a group of highly intelligent individuals who wanted to devote their lives to helping others through medicine."

Falasz noted, "I am incredibly anxious for the next phase of my education and will utilize all of the knowledge I attained in my undergraduate experiences. I hope to be as involved at SIU/SDM as I was at Millikin and plan on getting the most out of each experience while also having an enjoyable experience with my new classmates."

Falasz credits Millikin University for helping him prepare for dental school and the Dental Admissions Test.

"As a chemistry and biology double major, I took a wide array of classes that helped me understand how processes work both inside and outside of the body," Falasz said. "Due to the fact that Millikin is a small school, I got to know my professors on a very personal level and they were able to write meaningful letters of recommendation to the dental schools where I applied. I built leadership skills as the president of Newman Catholic Community, the student representative to the Board of Trustees, and as a resident assistant."

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards 51 Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.