2017 Renaissance Prize Winners

At the 2017 commencement, the university recognized 263 seniors as Steven and Kathryn Sample USC Renaissance Scholars. Each student has completed a major and a minor, or a double major, in two disparate fields with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Each Renaissance Scholar is also eligible to enter the Renaissance Scholar Prize competition. Of the 81 graduating scholars who chose to compete, ten have been nominated to receive a $10,000 prize. The ten prize recipients form an exemplary group.


Jordan Kondo

Major: Human Biology (B.S.)
Minor: East Asian Languages and Cultures

Carnie Lewis

Major: Occupational Therapy
Minor: International Relations

Andrew Morris

Majors: Mathematics (B.A.); Cognitive Science
Minor: Spanish

Clayton Rountree

Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Minor: Business Finance

John Runburg

Majors: Physics (B.S.); Philosophy

Isabella Soehn

Majors: International Relations; Economics/Mathematics

Beau Sylvester

Major: Neuroscience (B.S.)
Minor: Political Science

Maral Tavitian

Major: Print and Digital Journalism
Minors: Human Rights; Entrepreneurship

Amanda Zhou

Major: Human Biology (B.S)
Minor: Musical Studies

Brian Zukotynski

Major: Biochemistry
Minors: Health Care Studies; Musical Studies

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