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2002 Renaissance Scholars to Be Saluted

USC Renaissance Scholars – all 155 of them, recognized for accomplishments in widely varied academic program combinations – will be honored at the USC Senior and Graduate Recognition Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Bovard Auditorium.

In addition, the 17 scholars who won $10,000 Renaissance Scholar Prizes will be recognized individually at the ceremony.

To win the scholar designation, students submitted their course of study to a faculty panel, which evaluated it for breadth and depth. Students who were certified as meeting the criteria received the Renaissance Scholar honor after graduating within five years of undergraduate study with an overall grade-point average of 3.5 or better and a GPA of 3.5 or better in their major and minor course requirements.

As many as 20 Renaissance Scholars annually can be awarded the $10,000 USC Renaissance Scholar Prize at commencement. To be considered for the prize, certified Renaissance Scholars in their senior year submitted faculty recommendations and an essay.

The 2002 Renaissance Prize Winners, and their majors, are:

Maryanna Abdo, major in CNTV critical studies and minor in French and political science.

Eric Altman, major in CNTV production and comparative literature.

John Arroyo, major in public relations and minor in urban planning and development.

Carolyn Bevan, major in theater and minor in neuroscience.

Tejal Bhirud, major in Asian American studies and minor in Spanish and natural sciences.

Andrew Bulbrook, major in economics and minor in musical studies (violin performance).

Katherine FitzSimons, major in Spanish and broadcast journalism and minor in cultural anthropology.

Mahmood Ghaffary, major in computer science and political science.

Liliana Loofbourow, major in psychobiology, creative writing and music.

Susan Mackie, major in biochemistry and minor in Russian.

Thomas Meier, major in philosophy and minor in theater.

Cecilia Mo, major in mathematics and interdiciplinary studies and minor in economics.

Steven Okamoto, major in computer science and mathematics and minor in philosophy and multi-media and creative technology.

William Pao, major in political science, economics and East Asian languages and culture.

Jessica Roberts, major in political science and minor in theater and French.

Justin Warren, major in aerospace engineering and electrical engineering and minor in German and East Asian languages and cultures.

Judith Wong, major in chemistry and music.

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