The Dean's Medal honors the top graduating student earning an undergraduate or a graduate degree from one of the departments within the College of Health and Human Services.
Congratulations to our 2015 Dean's Medalist recipients!
Nathan P. Lee, Department of Kinesiology
He completed an M.A. in Kinesiology, Sport Psychology Option, with a 4.0 GPA. As a professional equestrian, he has taken special interest in studying and further understanding the psychobiological dynamics of equestrian performance. For his master’s thesis, he investigated the relationships between mindful self-compassion and pre-competition, facilitative state-anxiety among NCAA women’s equestrian athletes. Because of the study’s magnitude and contributions, he is submitting a manuscript for publication to the Journal of Sport Behavior. His thesis has been nominated for the College of Health and Human Services’ Outstanding Thesis Award. He also received a Graduate Student Research and Creative Activities Support Award for the 2014-15 academic year. A career goal of his is to teach at the university level in the subject areas of psychobiology and the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, and questioning athletes. He is an active member of the Sport Psychology Club at Fresno State and recently was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He plans to complete a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. Read Nathan's personal story here.
Marine Vardanyan, Department of Public Health
She completed a B.S. in Health Science, Community Health Option, with a 3.97 GPA. Born in post-Soviet Armenia, she encountered numerous obstacles in adapting to life in the United States, but used those obstacles as opportunities for growth. She was selected for the College of Health and Human Services’ Honors Scholars Program in Collaborative Leadership in 2014. She served as editor and writer for Armenian student newspaper Hye Sharzhoom, which sparked her decision to minor in Mass Communication and Journalism. She was heavily involved with USU Productions as a coordinator and helped organize “Just Roll With It: An Evening with the Walk and Roll Foundation,” an organization dedicated to raising awareness of spinal cord injuries. She also regularly volunteers her time to host the KFSR radio show, Hye Oozh. In addition, she completed an internship in Armenia at Civil Net News Agency as a writer, translator and researcher. She volunteered more than 300 hours at Community Regional Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Burn Unit and others. Her goal is to attend graduate school and study epidemiology or occupational therapy. Read Marine's personal story here.