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Janine Flores

Biology Major Receives International Fellowship to Study in Germany

Building upon a record of undergraduate success, Janine Flores ’12C has been awarded a competitive international fellowship to participate in the 2012-2013 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long, federally-funded program for study and work in Germany

“I’m so excited to receive this fellowship — it’s a great way to finish my undergraduate studies,” said Janine, a biology major and first-generation college student from Jamaica, Queens. “International study is very important at St. John’s. Germany is a hub of science and technology, so this is a chance for a broader perspective on my studies.”

Out of more than 500 applicants, only 75 candidates received the fellowships. The award was conceived by members of the United States Congress and the German Parliament (Bundestag). Financial support for the program is authorized under the Fulbright-Hays Act through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a division of the U.S. Department of State.

Receiving the fellowship is Janine’s latest achievement. This year, she won a contest to serve as “the face of St. John’s” in a feature in the June/July metropolitan issue of Seventeen magazine. She was chosen from more than 180 students who participated. In 2010, she was among the first students named Obama Scholars. Funded by a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, the awards are given to outstanding Latino students nationwide.

As a member of St. John’s McNair Scholars Program, which prepares underrepresented students for graduate study, Janine has combined her interests in medical research and service through volunteer work locally and internationally. She has participated in the University’s Guatemala and Panama Service Plunges and assisted at a rural hospital in Ecuador. Closer to home, Janine has tutored underprivileged students at a local Bronx high school.

Her research interests and strong record of academic achievement have enabled Janine to secure an internship at Columbia University, where she studies the effects of parental nurturing on premature babies. Based on her work there, she has been asked to present a research paper on Columbia’s Family Nurture Intervention Program at the national conference of McNair Scholars to be held this summer at the University of Puerto Rico.

Janine appreciates the way St. John’s faculty have mentored her. “I’m very grateful that my professors took such interest in me,” she said. “They’ve been incredibly supportive in helping me to shape my professional goals and reinforce my interest in serving those in need.”

St. John’s helps students who are interested in international scholarship programs through the University’s Graduate Admissions Assistance Program (GAAP)