2018 Dean's Medalists
Selena Carbajal Undergraduate Dean's Medalist College of Social Sciences
Selena Carbajal is a first generation college student, and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She graduated with a triple major in Chicano and Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, and Psychology with a 3.97 GPA. Selena is a scholar for the Ronald E. McNair Program, California Pre-Doctoral Program, and the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Undergraduate Scholars Program. Her work bridges her three majors to examine the challenges and barriers of Latina first-generation college students in higher education. As a McNair scholar, she has conducted research to examine how Latina first-generation college students negotiate the gendered and cultural expectations of their family and their university identities. Selena's honors thesis examines how biculturalism buffers the influence of filial responsibilities on depressive symptoms for Latina college students from immigrant families. Selena will have a paid summer research experience at the University of California, Santa Cruz through the California Pre-Doctoral Program to foster the growth and direction of her empirical and theoretical trajectories. In the Fall 2018, she will begin her doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development. Her aspirations are to create lines of research that can inform higher education policies and interventions.
Savannah Nakamura Graduate Dean's Medalist College of Social Sciences
Savannah Nakamura earned her undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach, where she had the opportunity to study abroad with the CSU International Program in Florence, Italy. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English in South Korea, returned to Fresno and completed her M.A in History. She received a research fellowship through the Fresno State Graduate Net Initiative and took the opportunity to work with other graduate students to conduct research. Savannah spent a summer interning with the Special Collections Department of the Henry Madden Library and had the opportunity to research and write articles about Fresno State’s history to share with alumni. She currently works in the Graduate Writing Studio where she provides support to graduate students from all disciplines. During her research, she studied The Female Spectator, the first magazine written for women by a woman in 1744 by Eliza Haywood, a series of letters and essays directed to teaching women appropriate behavior. Savannah specifically looked at Haywood’s prescription of the study of insects and science as appropriate conversation topics for women, and she investigated Haywood’s recommendation that women moderate their attendance of public events, instead focusing their time and energy on self-improvement. She hopes to continue to work with college students.
2017 Dean's Medalists
Alexandra Gallo Undergraduate Dean's Medalist College of Social Sciences
Alexandra Gallo of Hollister, was awarded the top University honors at Fresno State.
She was chosen from a group of nine Dean's Undergraduate medalists graduated Magna
Cum Laude with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She has served at the
Ronald McDonald House and has helped facilitate after school activities for youth
in Southeast Fresno. Alexandra has exercised her passion for service and civic engagement
with her involvement as President of the League of Women Voters Student Unit and service
as Senator of Undergraduate and Graduate Affairs for Associated Students, Incorporated.
Alexandra has held leadership positions in the Panhellenic Council and in Delta Zeta.
As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she conducted research of voter identification laws
and presented her research at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference.
As a Maddy Institute Legislative Scholar, Alex interned under Congressman Jim Costa
who she will continue to intern for in the summer 2017 and will then represent Fresno
State as a student ambassador on a tour of China. Alexandra hopes to pursue a career
Katy Hogue Graduate Dean's Medalist College of Social Sciences
Katy Hogue of Fresno, obtained her Masters in History. Her research examines the cultural development of the 19th Century American West in an attempt to mitigate the myth of the frontier. She was a Graduate Teaching Assistant and presented at the 2015 and 2016 History Graduate Student Association Symposium, and the 2016 Graduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium. Katy also accepted a series of internships at the Fresno Historical Society where she created an exhibit about the J.R. McDonald paddle boat. Passionate about public history, Katy is currently the Collections Manager at the Fresno Historical Society where she works to make the historical records and manuscripts available to the public.
Outstanding Student Reception 2017