Published: Sept. 24, 2013

New co-directors of national/international fellowships and scholarships

Contact(s): Stephanie Cepak Honors College office: (517) 355-2326 scepak@msu.edu

Ashley Green and Kristin Janka Millar have been appointed the new co-directors of Michigan State University’s National/International Fellowships and Scholarships Office.

The NIFS office helps all interested students (graduate and undergraduate) to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the fellowship application process for more than 20 competitive awards, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Carnegie Jr. Fellows, Beinecke, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Presidential Fellows Program, Boren, Truman, Goldwater and Udall competitions.

Green serves as director and coordinator of scholarships. Janka Millar serves as director of international engagement.

“NIFS is a tremendous resource for students at Michigan State University and we are delighted to have Ashley and Kristin in their respective positions,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “The application process for these prestigious scholarships can be intense, but Ashley and Kristin are prepared to shepherd students throughout their journey.”

Prior to joining the NIFS office, Green served as program manager for the Center of Advanced Studies in International Development at MSU, assistant director of career services at Grand Valley State University and as career program manager and adjunct career instructor for the Broad College of Business at MSU.

Green is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in education administration. She obtained her master’s degree in higher education from the University of Toledo and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from MSU.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to help students achieve their goals. Applying for a prestigious award entails many elements and it is important for the student to embrace the entire process,” Green said. “The student learns so much about themselves during the application process and I am happy to be able to assist them in that personal, academic, and professional development.”

Prior to joining the NIFS office, Janka Millar served as associate director for MSU’s International Studies and Programs, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Prior to that, she served as outreach and academic coordinator for CLACS, adjunct assistant professor at Siena Heights University, instructor for the colleges of Education and Social Science at MSU, co-director of the Partnership to Prepare Global and International Educators, co-director of Linking All Types of Teachers to International Cross-cultural Education and was an elementary school teacher.

Janka Millar is co-PI for the Graduate Learning, Experiences and Outcomes project, which involves 14 CIC universities and NYU. Janka Millar serves as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Her research focuses on understanding opportunities to learn and outcomes of international professional development including Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.

Janka Millar obtained her doctorate degree in curriculum, teaching and educational policy with an emphasis in international education and professional development from MSU. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies and anthropology with specializations in international development and Latin American studies.

“I am so pleased to join the Honors College and NIFS team, and look forward to helping MSU’s undergraduate and graduate students pursue their goals and engage in meaningful ways globally,” Janka Millar said.

The NIFS office has moved to a new location on campus to Room 186 of Bessey Hall, 434 Farm Lane.

For more information, please visit the NIFS website at http://nifs.msu.edu.

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