The Health Careers Opportunity Program is a partnership between the University of California, San Francisco Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research and California State University Fresno (Fresno State) to provide support to disadvantaged Fresno State students committed to becoming competitive applicants to health professional schools.
Selected students engage in a structured program of academic enrichment and social support, preparing them for admission into health professional school. The ultimate goal is for these individuals to become healthcare professionals that will practice in the Central Valley, providing care to the medically underserved.
Fresno State 2016 Honorees and Awards
2016 Deans’ Undergraduate Medalists
Irina Boginski completed a B.S. in Biochemistry with a 3.97 GPA. She moved to the U.S. from Ukraine with her family in 2001 to escape an unstable economy. In the U.S. her family was forced to find new careers, learn a new language and adapt to a new culture. Boginski excelled, graduating from Duncan Polytechnical High School in Fresno. “I absorbed education like a sponge,” she says, “not because my parents told me that I would become a decent individual in society, but because I thought it was fun.” At Fresno State, Boginski got involved in research to modulate a protein that could be beneficial in discovering therapy for Alzheimer’s disease. She also tutored other students in chemistry and calculus, volunteered time at the neonatal pharmacy at Community Regional Medical Center and found time to marry her best friend. She leads a creative team ministry at her church and, with her husband, recently co-founded a web design business. Next up, Boginski plans to pursue graduate school and continue her Alzheimer’s research. She hopes to one day teach at Fresno State.
2016 Deans’ Graduate Medalists
Bessie Yang, of Fresno, completed the Master of Public Health program with a 3.92 GPA. Yang,