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.
Programs: International Relations, Economics (minor)
Programs: Jazz Studies, Music Recording (minor)
Programs: History, Cinema-Television (Critical Studies)
Programs: English, Gender Studies
Program: Aerospace Engineering
Program: Animation & Digital Arts
Programs: Biophysics, Neuroscience (minor)