Young Alumnus of the Year

The Young Alumnus Awards, which began in 2011, recognize graduates under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to society or within their respective profes​sions, and whose accomplishments and careers reflect favorably upon the college district or one of the three colleges.

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​Riverside City College Young Alumnus of the Year:​

  Matt Shea
2016
Renzo Corzano, Ph.D.
Class of 2005
Med student at New York Medical College

Medical school may not have been Renzo’s first choice coming out of high school, but the young Riverside City College alumnus says it was a choice determined by history and fate.

Born in Peru, encouraged by a loving grandfather, supported by his mother and father, and pushed by a burning desire for learning, Renzo chose science at an early age.

Once at RCC, that interest grew, fostered by his interaction with professors. He transferred to UC Riverside, where he completed his master’s degree and fine-tuned his research instincts. After UCR, came City of Hope, where he pursued a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine.

It was at City of Hope that Renzo changed directions. Recharged by his interaction with patients and inspired by seeing research results affect real lives, he decided to attend medical school after completing his doctorate degree at City of Hope.

At New York Medical College, Renzo achieved notable success in the classroom and a reputation as an advocate for patient care. As president of LGBT Advocacy in Medicine, he sought to educate his classmates about the special health care needs of the LGBT community through outreach and educational panels. In his role as president of the Medical Student Research Forum, he and colleagues coordinated an annual conference for medical students to share their research, and became a mentor to classmates.
 
Renzo sees a clear path ahead once he graduates and completes his residency requirements. He feels a strong attraction to public health issues, and is destined for a career in oncology, infectious diseases or psychosomatic medicine. As a Ph.D. /M.D., he plans to combine medical practice with research work, matching a desire to serve with a penchant for scientific exploration.​

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