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Former MUN student named next Rhodes Scholar

James Flynn of St. John’s has been nominated 2016 Rhodes Scholar Elect from Newfoundland and Labrador.

James Flynn, Rhodes Scholar



The scholarship provides the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford, one of the top universities in the world. A former student of Memorial University, Flynn is currently pursuing an honours bachelor of arts in economics and political science at Trinity College, University of Toronto, according to a news release.

At Oxford, he plans to complete a masters’ degree in social science of the Internet, and begin doctoral studies in information, communication and social studies at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Flynn is a member of the faculty of arts and science dean’s list and was one of 10 students across Canada selected to receive the Bank of Montreal University of Toronto national scholarship for superior academic performance.

Since 2011, Flynn has held writing and editing positions with The Varsity, Canada’s largest student newspaper, where he is currently managing online editor. He has also been involved in co-ordination and mentoring roles with the SHAD program through Memorial University and serves as vice-president of communications for the University of Toronto SHAD Alumni Club. He devotes some of his time every week to tutoring and mentoring under-privileged students for Project: Universal Minds.

As a founder of the organization Code NL, Flynn has lobbied for improved computer programming education in Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to meeting with  government officials and organizing free introductory computer programming sessions, Flynn has promoted technology education through media interviews.

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for study at the University of Oxford and is considered the world's most prestigious scholarship.

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