At the 2009 commencement, the university recognized 29 seniors as USC Global Scholars. Each student spent at least ten weeks outside the U.S. as part of their undergraduate experience in their field of study and completed a capstone project and reflective essay related to the international experiences with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Of the 11 graduating scholars who were selected as prize finalists by their school, six have been nominated to receive a $10,000 prize. The six prize recipients form an exemplary group. Their names and programs are provided below.
Program: Chemical Engineering
Programs: International Relations, Cinema-Television (minor)
Programs: International Relations, Human Rights (minor)
Programs: Communication, Law & Society (minor)