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Manchester graduate selected for Johns Hopkins research program

Alex FigueroaRecent Manchester University graduate Alexis Figueroa has accepted an offer for one of just eight spots in the post-baccalaureate research program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. 

Figueroa has a degree in chemistry and a minor in biology.  The research program at Johns Hopkins is for those who are pursuing advanced biomedical-related degrees in fields such as medicine or dentistry. 

"My career goal is to be in a position that allows me some time to perform clinical care and some time to pursue research," he said. He chose this program to enhance his candidacy for medical or doctoral degree programs.

At Johns Hopkins, he will be matched with a research mentor while receiving stipend benefits, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prep and career development assistance.

The East Chicago native has had many rich experiences during his time at Manchester. He participated in two summer research internships, one at Miami University and the other at the University of Kentucky. 

On campus, he held executive board positions in Hispanos Unidos, the American Chemical Society and the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. He also worked on campus as a writing consultant and student health assistant.  

The May 2018 graduate was honored with the Luminescence Award, the highest award a Manchester student can receive from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This award is given to the student who demonstrates the highest moral and ethical character along with high academic achievement and community involvement.

Figueroa twice went to Nicaragua with the Manchester University Medical Practicum, a faculty-guided January session trip that teams students with health care professionals to serve in remote villages.

About Manchester

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., is a northeast Indiana leader in health science education. It offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics, a Master of Athletic Training a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy and a four-year dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics.  Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu . 

Press release prepared with assistance by Tiffany Byers, an intern in the Office of Strategic Communications.

August 2018