Award-winning Manchester University graduate Alexis Figueroa, an East Chicago native, has accepted an offer for one of just eight spots in the post-baccalaureate research program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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

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

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

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