About Discovery Scholars

Our aim is to bolster academic achievement among our talented students, while nurturing the intellectual breadth and flexibility our students will need in this rapidly changing century.
-C.L. Max Nikias

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The Discovery Scholar distinction honors students who excel in the classroom while demonstrating the ability to create exceptional new scholarship or artistic works. Like sailors on an unexplored sea, Discovery Scholars blaze new paths, rather than simply following the course charted by others.

About Discovery Scholars

Each year hundreds of undergraduate students at USC conduct original research in the humanities, the physical and life sciences, the social sciences, and the professions. Other students create outstanding original works of art, architectural designs, and musical compositions, or achieve high standards in artistic performance.
To recognize students who excel in the classroom and display the ability to create exceptional new scholarship or artistic works, the University has established the USC Discovery Scholars distinction.

How to become a Discovery ScholarStudents have the opportunity to earn the Discovery Scholar distinction in every major concentration offered at the University. The objective is to honor creativity wherever it is found, in fields ranging from biochemistry to art history, from mechanical engineering to theater, and from political science to cinematic arts. All USC undergraduates are encouraged to pursue this honor.