California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoWilliam Randolph Hearst Scholar
Having fled the Soviet Union due to religious persecution, David Denisov’s
family has faced many challenges. Serious medical issues, raising 10 children
on government assistance and the recent loss of his father have taken both
a financial and emotional toll. As a biological sciences major at California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, David sees his degree as a path
to a career in medicine, which would provide an opportunity for him to give
people like his family hope in challenging times.
While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, David has volunteered at a senior
living facility, assisting residents and dementia patients, is a member of the
American Medical Student Association, and has been involved in a behavioral
research study, all with the aim of enhancing his knowledge of biology and
medicine. David volunteered this summer in a clinical setting where he
shadowed medical specialists, deepening his knowledge about medicine.
David plans to pursue a career in emergency medicine due to the adaptive
nature of the field.