2013 Medalists

Arturo Gasga is the 2013 President’s Medalist

College of Science and Mathematics

Arturo GasgaArturo Gasga, of Fresno, completed a B.A. in Chemistry with a 3.72 GPA. Coming to the United States from a poor neighborhood in Mexico at the age of 15, he is a scribe at the emergency room at St. Agnes Medical Center and a chemistry tutor for the Health Careers Opportunity Program. For the past two years, he worked with Dr. Melissa Golden on the organic synthesis of BMAA, a compound that may be involved with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s disease”) and Alzheimer’s disease. For this work, Gasga won an award from the American Chemical Society at the SACNAS symposium and he presented at the national American Chemical Society meeting. Gasga has served as a volunteer screener for clinical research trials at UCSF-Fresno/Community Regional Medical Center and tutored high school students in chemistry. His goal is to become a physician and return to the Central Valley to care for underserved people in the Latino community as a bilingual primary care doctor.

Jennifer Zenovich is the 2013 University Graduate Medalist

College of Arts and Humanities

Jennifer ZenovichJennifer Zenovich, of Fresno, completed an M.A. in Communication with a 4.0 GPA. She earned a Fulbright research grant during the course of her graduate studies, which enabled her to complete a thesis focusing on an ethnographic study of academic women in Montenegro. She also worked on an oral history project about a local feminist/activist and an ethnographic study conducted at a homeless shelter for refugees in London. Zenovich is the recipient of several research grants, including a Woodrow Wilson International Center Scholars Award. She participated in several regional, national, and international conferences and is the co-author of a paper under review for publication in Text and Performance Quarterly. In the area of service, Zenovich served as president of the Communication Graduate Student Association. She also volunteered for a number of organizations, including Crisis Homeless Center, River Tree Fresno, Fresno Mayoral Campaign and Community Garden. Additionally, she worked as a teaching associate in the Department of Communication. She was admitted to a number of prestigious Ph.D. programs and is currently selecting where she will pursue further study.


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