Fredon student chosen as college Justice Research Fellow

FREDON. The Kittatinny Regional High School graduate is majoring in finance and economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Fredon /
| 15 Dec 2022 | 02:35

A Fredon woman studying at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), has been selected to be one of the inaugural Justice Research Fellows at the college’s Administration and Leadership Studies Research and Training Center.

Angelique Alcantara, a junior majoring in finance and economics, is a 2014 graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School.

She is a dean’s list student and a member of the IUP National Society of Leadership and Success. She also received the Robert J. Stonebraker Scholarship for Economics and the Economics Department Enhancement Fund.

She was nominated based on outstanding academic performance.

The Justice Research Fellowship will allow Alcantara to participate in “real life” practical mini-research projects with IUP faculty during the winter break and the spring semester.

She will be immersed in activities of faculty currently positioned at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in Harrisburg. Justice Research Fellows also will receive funds to travel to attend training and experiential learning opportunities.

The Justice Research Fellowship program is supported through an IUP Council of Chairs and Office of the President Strategic Plan Grant.

Christian Vaccaro, director of the Administration and Leadership Studies Research and Training Center, said the experience will have multiple beneficiaries.

“Not only will it provide research experience to serve the public good, but it also develops a talent pipeline of our best and brightest from IUP to Pennsylvania state public agencies,” he said. “Everyone wins in that equation.”

Describing the student nominees who interviewed for the fellowship, Rob Orth, IUP-Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency principal investigator at the center, said, “All showed a clear passion to learn, assist and someday be a change agent in the system. I wish we had the resources and time to extend the opportunity to all nominees.”

In future semesters, the center hopes to work with other IUP departments to extend eligible majors for the fellowship and develop a standing “for credit” clinical opportunity.