Prize Winners Discovery Scholars

Each year, an exemplary group of ten Discovery Scholar designees is selected to receive $10,000 prizes towards graduate study or creative projects. To be considered for the Prize Competition, applicants must submit all project materials by the primary submission deadline (the Monday following Spring Break in the student’s final year at USC). Students who apply by the secondary submission deadline (the last day of classes in the Spring semester before the student’s official Commencement) are not eligible for the Prize Competition but will still be considered by their School for the Discovery Scholar honor. Click below to see the list of Prize Winners for current and previous years:

2009 Discovery Scholar Prize Winners

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.  Click here for a brief description of their Discovery Scholar project.

Name Program(s)
Natasha Azad International Relations and Economics (minor)
Hans Bernhard Jazz Studies and Music Recording (minor)
Matthew Brennan History and Cinema-Television (Critical Studies)
Samuel Gendel Music
Naira Kuzmich English and Gender Studies
Michael Leung Architecture
Jordan Olliges Aerospace Engineering
Katharine Reiner Theatre
Daniela Sherer Animation & Digital Arts
Noelle Stiles Biophysics and Neuroscience (minor)


Winners by Year2014

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