At the 2009 commencement, the university has recognized 57 seniors as USC Discovery Scholars. Each student has completed a culminating project in their field of study with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Of the 27 graduating scholars who were selected as prize finalists by their school, ten have been nominated to receive a Discovery Scholar prize. The ten prize recipients form an exemplary group. Their names and programs are provided below as well as a brief description of their Discovery Scholar project.

Natasha Azad

Programs: International Relations, Economics (minor)

Hans Bernhard

Programs: Jazz Studies, Music Recording (minor)

Matthew Brennan

Programs: History, Cinema-Television (Critical Studies)

Samuel Gendel

Program: Music

Naira Kuzmich

Programs: English, Gender Studies

Michael Leung

Program: Architecture

Jordan Olliges

Program: Aerospace Engineering

Katharine Reiner

Program: Theatre

Daniela Sherer

Program: Animation & Digital Arts

Noelle Stiles

Programs: Biophysics, Neuroscience (minor)


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