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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.

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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.

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Fresno State 2016 Honorees and Awards

Irina Boginski

2016 Deans’ Undergraduate Medalists

Irina Boginski
College of Science and Mathematics

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.​

Bessie Yang

2016 Deans’ Graduate Medalists

Bessie Yang
College of Health and Human Services

Bessie Yang, of Fresno, completed the Master of Public Health program with a 3.92 GPA. Yang,
a first-generation graduate from Sunnyside High School, previously earned her B.S. in Public Health at Fresno State in 2012. Yang calls herself an anomaly. “I am a female, first-generation, Hmong student,” she says. “I grew up in a culture where women are not encouraged to pursue higher education.” Yang will now become the first in her family to earn a graduate degree and plans to one day pursue a Ph.D. She is passionate about studying how race, ethnicity and culture create disparities in our communities, and she investigated the cultural competency of Fresno State nursing students for her thesis. Yang works at the Fresno County Department of Public Health as a health education specialist implementing community wellness programs.