Fresno State Announces 2022 Undergraduate Deans Medalists

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Fresno State’s eight schools and colleges, along with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, have each selected an outstanding student to be honored as part of the 2022 Class of Undergraduate Deans’ Medal Winners.

The deans selected an undergraduate and graduate medalist based on academic excellence, community involvement, and other accomplishments. The Fresno State Graduate Deans Medalists will be announced later this week.

In mid-May, one medalist from the group below will be named the President’s Medal, the University’s highest academic honor for an undergraduate student.

This year’s medalists are:

Sumanjit Gill

Sumanjit Gill, Lyles College of Engineering

Sumanjit Gill, from Fresno, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a GPA of 3.97. Gill is a Smittcamp Family Honors College scholar who became fascinated with technology and wanted to find a university that could give her the skills needed for a career in software engineering. Lyles College of Engineering helped her gain industry skills through projects related to embedded systems and advanced digital logic design. She was an undergraduate research assistant who worked on securing and optimizing the Internet of Vehicles, an autonomous network of connected vehicles that communicate with each other. She is co-author of four publications and has presented with her research partner at conferences, symposia and research competitions. Gill was responsible for additional teaching for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and worked with his professor to facilitate weekly activity-based sessions and office hours to support his fellow students. She has also been active in student organizations including the Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. After graduation, Gill will work as a validation engineer at Intel.

Nevaeh Grubb

Nevaeh Grubb

Nevaeh Grubb, Craig School of Business

Nevaeh Grubb, from Fresno, earned her BS in Business Management with a 4.0 GPA in just three years. With a goal of graduating from college as quickly as possible, Grubb worked his way through Fresno State on the President’s List for five semesters and excelled in many of his classes. Grubb led a group project for Storyland to prepare a proposal for a new reading room attraction. Her work was so exemplary that her teammates campaigned for her to receive extra credit. When the pandemic derailed her plans to study abroad in 2020, Grubb applied for the Lyles Center Student Hatchery where she’s launching a sustainable women’s clothing brand online that sells a curated mix of vintage clothes and pieces. designed by her and sustainably made in Los Angeles. She has a summer internship with OhmConnect, an energy start-up. She hopes to buy a van in the future, convert it into a tiny house, and travel the continent collecting vintage clothes and finding different ways to pursue her passions.

Steven Hensley

Steven Hensley

Steven Hensley, College of Arts and Humanities

Steven Hensley, of Merced, earned a BA in Philosophy, Pre-Law Option and Political Science, with a GPA of 4.0. Incarcerated at 17, Hensley earned college credits while in prison and saw a flyer for Fresno State’s Project Rebound, a program to help formerly incarcerated people earn their degrees, which gave him the confidence he had. need to apply and graduate. He became a student coordinator for Bulldogs for Recovery, a health center and counseling program for students concerned with recovery from addiction; co-founded Youngsters for a Change, a nonprofit to help at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth; and is co-chairman of the Fresno County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was also recently elected to a three-year term on the ACLU of Northern California Board of Directors. Hensley wants to help incarcerated youth, those in the LGBTQ community, and those who grew up in poverty. He will attend law school at the University of California, Berkeley in August.

Noorjot Kaur

Noorjot Kaur

Noorjot Kaur, College of Social Sciences

Noorjot Kaur, of Fresno, earned her BA in history with a 4.0 GPA in three years. When her parents’ restaurant fell victim to the Great Recession in 2008, Kaur and her sisters were sent to live in India for several years. She said she had no choice but to do well in her studies in India and became one of the top five students in each of her grade levels. She continued this strong academic streak when she returned to Fresno, despite not remembering how to speak English, and graduated valedictorian summa cum laude from Bullard High School. She came to Fresno State with the goal of becoming a lawyer after attending a high school show trial. She interned at the immigration law firm Singh Ahluwalia three days a week while taking classes and working in her parents’ new restaurant. She made the President’s List for three semesters at Fresno State and was hired by the law firm to work as a legal assistant. She plans to go to law school.

Maram Kiran

Maram Kiran

Maram Kiran, College of Science and Mathematics

Maram Kiran, from Fresno, earned his BS in Biochemistry with a 4.0 GPA. Kiran knows the cultural and language barriers in healthcare having grown up in an immigrant family from Yemen. Her family’s local experiences and a visit to a pediatric clinic in Yemen inspired Kiran to pursue a medical education in order to bridge the cultural gap and address health inequities around the world. At Fresno State, Kiran, who is a Smittcamp Honors College scholar, started a student chapter of Doctors Without Borders to engage the campus community in humanitarian medical work and promote medical access. She is also a student researcher in the Chemistry Honors Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Kiran volunteered in the oncology ward at Kaiser Permanente Fresno for 10 months prior to the pandemic where she found she wanted to be an advocate for patient health while respecting and incorporating their cultural values ​​and practices.

Rebecca Moses

Rebecca Moses

Rebekah Moses, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Rebekah Moses, from Firebaugh, earned her BS in Health Sciences with a 4.0 GPA. Moïse enlisted in the army at 17 and was in a boot camp before his 18th birthday. That year, the terrorist attacks of September 11 made service to the country a priority. She served eight years as a member of the hospital corps and won several awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. After an honorable discharge, Moses started a family and raised four children. She decided it was time to go back to college when her youngest was in elementary school. She started at Fresno City College and transferred to Fresno State where she participated in the TRiO Student Support Services Veterans program. She was an intern for the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a volunteer in the children’s program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Moses will attend National University in the fall to pursue his master’s degree in public health with a major in health administration.

Karine Ortega

Karine Ortega

Karina Ortega, College of Health and Human Services

Karina Ortega, of Fresno, graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work with a 4.0 GPA. Being a child of Mexican immigrants gave Ortega a nuanced understanding of what many Central Valley families go through. In her sophomore year, she helped organize the first-ever first-generation INSPIRE conference at her alma mater, Edison High School, to promote post-secondary education to families in southwest Fresno. She has gone through many transitions and losses during the pandemic, and in the summer of 2021 and the fall semester, Ortega worked with the Association of Social Work Students, university president Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval and d other departments to organize a mental health initiative to showcase resources on Campus. Ortega has also volunteered for a voter advocacy campaign, a migrant donation campaign and led a Christmas toy drive for foster children. Ortega would like to get her master’s degree in social work from Fresno State and a student personnel services degree so she can become a school social worker.

Ivonne Pulido

Ivonne Pulido

Ivonne Pulido, Kremen School of Education and Human Development

Ivonne Pulido, from Avenal, graduated with her BA in Liberal Studies with a 4.0 GPA. Pulido dreamed of becoming a neurologist because of his childhood visits to the doctor for the treatment of a non-cancerous cyst. But a video she watched in high school with a message to reflect on what you do well changed her career path. Taught by her Mexican immigrant parents that an education is a gift, Pulido persevered in school despite times of struggle because she didn’t understand the job and her Spanish-speaking parents couldn’t help her. This experience helped Pulido realize that sharing knowledge is a powerful tool, so she decided to become a teacher. At Fresno State, she found councils and a community of students with similar histories and backgrounds in the Fresno State Educational Opportunities Program, and she is an officer of the Fresno State Student California Teachers Association. Pulido applied to the Fresno State Evening Campus Cohort for a multi-subject degree with additional clearance in math. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching or administration.

Hector Jacome-Saenz

Hector Jacome-Saenz

Héctor Jácome-Sáenz, Jordan College of Agricultural Science and Technology

Héctor Jácome-Sáenz, from Salinas, earned his BS in Plant Science with a 4.0 GPA. He was born in Salinas but grew up in Mexico in a house surrounded by cornfields and worked with his family in the fields. He earned his GED and enrolled at Hartnell College to add to his fieldworker experience. There, Jácome-Sáenz volunteered for a number of agricultural events where he was able to promote and teach agriculture to young people. He continued this volunteer work at Fresno State as an agricultural ambassador and in motivating and mentoring future farmers. He is the recruiting coordinator for the Irrigation Club and a member of the Plant Science Club. He also worked as a research assistant studying plant diseases and volunteered for a genetic engineering research project on the navel orange worm. Jácome-Sáenz works at the Kearney Ag Research and Extension Center as a lab assistant and will continue to work there after graduation. He applied for the master’s program in plant science at Fresno State and hopes to become a professor.

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