Fresno State’s eight schools and colleges, along with the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, each selected an outstanding student to honor as part of the class of 2022 Undergraduate Deans’ Medalists.
The deans selected an undergraduate and graduate medalist based on academic excellence, community involvement and other achievements. Fresno State’s Graduate Deans’ Medalists will be announced later this week.
In mid-May, one medalist from the group below will be announced as the President’s Undergraduate Medalist, the University’s top academic honor for an undergraduate student.
This year’s undergraduate deans’ medalists are:
Sumanjit Gill, Lyles College of Engineering
Sumanjit Gill, of Fresno, earned her B.S. in computer engineering with a 3.97 GPA. 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 for a career in software engineering. The Lyles College of Engineering helped her learn 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 one another. She co-authored four publications and presented with her research partner at conferences, symposiums and research competitions. Gill was a Supplemental Instruction leader for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and worked with her professor to facilitate weekly activity-based sessions and office hours to support her fellow students. She was also active in student organizations including Society of Women Engineers, the 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, Craig School of Business
Nevaeh Grubb, of Fresno, earned her B.S. in business management with a 4.0 GPA in only three years. With her sights set on finishing college as quickly as she could, Grubb successfully made her way through Fresno State on the President’s List for five semesters and excelled in many of her courses. 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 be awarded extra credit. When the pandemic derailed her study abroad plans in 2020, Grubb applied for the Lyles Center Student Hatchery where she is launching an online women’s sustainable clothing brand that sells a curated mix of vintage clothes and pieces designed by her and made sustainably in Los Angeles. She has a summer internship with OhmConnect, an energy start-up company. She hopes to buy a cargo van in the future, convert it into a tiny home and travel the continent collecting vintage clothing and finding different ways to pursue her passions.
Steven Hensley, College of Arts and Humanities
Steven Hensley, of Merced, earned a B.A. in philosophy, pre-law option, and political science, with a 4.0 GPA. Incarcerated at age 17, Hensley earned college credit while in prison and saw a flyer for Fresno State’s Project Rebound, a program to help formerly incarcerated individuals earn their degrees, which gave him the confidence he needed to apply and earn his degree. He became a student coordinator for Bulldogs for Recovery, a student health and counseling center program concerned with recovery from addiction; co-founded Youngsters for a Change, a nonprofit to help at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth; and serves as co-chair of the Fresno County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was also recently elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the ACLU of Northern California. Hensley wants to help incarcerated youth, those in the LGBTQ community and those who grew up in poverty. He will attend the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in August.
Noorjot Kaur, College of Social Sciences
Noorjot Kaur, of Fresno, earned her B.A. 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 academically in India and rose to be one of the top five students in each of her grade levels. She continued that strong academic streak when she returned to Fresno, despite not remembering how to speak English, and graduated summa cum laude valedictorian from Bullard High School. She came to Fresno State with the goal of becoming a lawyer after watching a mock trial in high school. She interned at Singh Ahluwalia Immigration Law Firm three days a week while attending classes and working in her parents’ new restaurant. She made the President’s List for three semesters while at Fresno State and was hired by the law firm to work as a legal assistant. She plans to attend law school.
Maram Kiran, College of Science and Mathematic