Academic Honors and Fellowships Spring 2016 Newsletter
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USC Academic Honors and Fellowships is committed to educating the USC community about university awards and nationally competitive fellowships, and mentoring motivated students and recent alumni in their pursuit of these opportunities. We advise Trustee, Presidential, Mork and Stamps Scholars on scholarship benefits and policies, and guide the Trojan Scholar Society (TSS) student organization in the promotion of a vibrant Scholar community.

USC Celebrates Two 2016 Marshall Scholars!

USC senior Moriah Mulroe '16 (left) and USC alumna Anu Ramachandran '13 (right) were two of the students selected as 2016 Marshall Scholars.
The prestigious Marshall Scholarships fund up to 40 scholars each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth.  In 2016, 32 Marshall Scholars were selected and two are USC Trojans!

Senior Moriah Mulroe â€™16 is pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biochemistry and Geological Sciences. From a pool of nearly 50,000 applicants to USC, Moriah was selected as one of only nineteen USC Mork Family Scholars, USC's highest merit scholarship.  Moriah is a skilled scientific researcher and has been selected to receive multiple research fellowships during her undergraduate career.  She was named Biology Sutdent of the Year and has been a Research Fellow for USC WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) for the last three years.  Moriah is also very involved with her local community, serving in a local homeless shelter every weekend.  Moriah will spend a year exploring interdisciplinary approaches to studying water resources issues at Queen Mary University of London and a second year studying Geochemistry.  In the future, Moriah sees herself working for the government in the area of natural disaster management or for a non-governmental organization.

Alumna Anu Ramachandran '13 graduated from USC with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Neuroscience and Philosophy.  While at USC, Anu was involved with the Thematic Option program, founded USC's chapter of GlobeMed, an organization that pairs students with grassroots NGOs around the world, and a member of the USC Helenes.  Anu was awarded the Steven & Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar and Global Scholar honor distinctions upon graduation, and named one of only ten Global Scholar Prize Winners in 2013.  Now, in her third year of medical school at Johns Hopkins University, Anu has served as director of the student-run Refugee Health Partners organization which works with the International Rescue Committee of Baltimore to aid newly arrived refugees with chronic an complex medical issues.  Anu will spend a year in the UK at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she plans to conduct research in the Public Health in Humanitarian Crisis Group.  Ultimately, Anu hopes to supplement her clinical background with a bigger picture of advocacy research.

USC also recognizes the achievements of senior Georgia Soares and alumnus Travis Glynn ’13, both Marshall Scholarship finalists within the top 15 percent of nearly 1,000 applicants this year. Originally from Brazil, Soares is majoring in English with a focus on creative writing. She plans to pursue graduate study and a career contributing to Brazilian literature. Glynn, a Truman Scholar and Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, graduated from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and now works as a special advisor at the U.S. Department of State.
Read more about our 2016 Marshall Scholars.

USC’s 1st Annual Research and Fellowships Week: November 2 – 6, 2015

Academic Honors and Fellowships hosted USC’s 1st Annual Research and
Fellowships week this fall.  The week invited interested students to learn more about undergraduate research at USC and find out how fellowship opportunities like the Fulbright Grant or Boren Award can fund future graduate study or research abroad. Seven interactive workshop sessions and presenter panels were offered to help answer student questions and encourage students to apply.  More than 150 Trojans joined in the week’s events.  Participants heard from fellow Trojans, USC Faculty, and Foundation Representatives about how research and competitive fellowships can complement one another and help enhance their undergraduate and professional career.

Wish you could have attended?  You can still participate by watching the recorded sessions of each event.  Here is a glimpse at our schedule:

Personal and Professional Development Sessions

Research and Fellowships 101

Faculty Reflections on Research and Fellowships

Personal Narrative Interactive Session

Fellowship Information Sessions

Boren Awards Information Session 
Coro Fellows Information Session
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session
Rotary Global Grant Information Session

See you next fall for another great week of events, including an entire track for graduate students!

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant News & Updates

USC Fulbright Applicant Statistics for 2016-2017
We have put together a timeline that begins in February to guide you through your Fulbright application journey!  Adherence to this timeline is strongly recommended in order to submit a compelling application in Fall 2016.
Fulbright Recipients in the News!

Fabulous Fulbrights: Trojan Scholars Gain a Global Outlook
USC Fulbrighters and merit scholars Maria Fish, Nicholas Kosturos and Vivian Yan have been featured in December’s issue of Trojan Family Magazine. 

Poetry and the aftermath of war in Africa  
Back in Ivory Coast, USC Dornsife doctoral candidate and Fulbright fellow Todd Fredson returns to the region that kindles his creativity.

Todd Fredson, upper right, with Sarah Vap, their three sons and family friend Boli Dje Bi Tra Simon, left. Photo courtesy of Todd Fredson.


Congratulations Spring 2016 Gilman
International Scholarship Recipients! 

The Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program awards scholarships
to U.S. undergraduate study abroad students who are receiving
Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.
The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad
and the countries and regions where they go. 

In Spring 2016, 11 USC students were awarded a Gilman Scholarship! 

Spring 2016 USC Gilman Scholarship Recipients

Nicky Ciprian,  Major: Cinematic Arts Critical Studies, Country: Czech Republic

Rachel Essel, Major: Economics and Russian, Country: Russia

Erik Estrada, Major: Public Relations, Country: United Kingdom

Stephanie Jean, Major: Psychology,  Country: Ireland

Jessica Magana-Sandoval, Major: American Studies and Ethnicity, Country: Brazil

Jennifer Orozco, Major: American Studies and Ethnicity (Chicano/Latino Studies), Country: South Africa

Christian Pagan, Major: Theatre, Country: United Kingdom

Jannet Park,  Major: Public Relations, Country: United Kingdom

James Toh, Major: Health and Humanity, Country: South Africa

Nadia Triestanto, Major: Economics, Country: South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan

Lucy Zhang, Major: Communication, Country: Brazil

Fall and Summer 2016 Gilman Scholarship Deadlines! 
The Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and the full academic year Gilman Scholarship Deadline is March 1, 2016!
For more Gilman information visit the
Academic Honors and Fellowships website and/or Gilman website!

Interested in applying for a Gilman scholarship?
Contact AHF for scholarship application advising!

USC Scholar Distinction News

Each year the University of Southern California recognizes graduating seniors with three distinct commencement honors reflecting signature achievements of the Trojan undergraduate experience. The distinctions are as follows:
USC Discovery Scholars
  • Salutes outstanding original research or artistic creativity
  • Available to students in all majors
USC Global Scholars
  • Salutes the completion of significant academic or service experience outside the US
  • Available to students in all majors
USC Renaissance Scholars
  • Salutes student academic programs that combine “breadth with depth”
  • Requires completion of a major and minor or a double-major in two or more widely separated field
Scholars are eligible to compete for one of ten $10,000 prizes in each category for use toward post-graduate study.  All three distinctions require a 3.5 GPA at the time of graduation.

In May 2015, over 300 seniors graduated with one or more of these distinctions. Deadlines for Fall 2015 and May 2016 graduating seniors are fast approaching:

February 1, 2016: Intent to Submit Due for all three USC Scholar Distinctions
February 12, 2016: Prize Competition Submission Deadline for Renaissance and Global Scholar Distinctions
March 21, 2016: Prize Competition Submission Deadline for Discovery Scholar Distinction
April 25, 2016: Deadline to apply for Renaissance, Global and Discovery Scholar Distinction *honor only*

Interested students are encouraged to engage in these signature experiences throughout the course of their undergraduate career.  To learn more about these distinctions visit the USC Scholar Distinctions website

Congratulations to the Spring African Student Fund Recipients!

Congratulations to Sonja Blough, Gabrielle Cohen, Brittany Fleck, and Maria Pascenica- recipients of the Spring 2016 Africa Student Fund Award! These student will be heading to Africa during the Spring Semester for various opportunities including conducting research, study abroad, and community service. 

Are you interested in traveling to Africa? Check out the African Student Fund. Summer and Fall Africa Fund applications open February 1, 2016! 

Trojan Scholar Society Soars!

Trojan Scholar Society Executive Board 2015-2016
The Trojan Scholars Society (TSS) had a productive fall semester. They hosted 18 professional, social, and philanthropic events for the USC merit scholar community (Mork, Stamp, Trustee, and Presidential scholarship recipients). Events included a Halloween blood drive with the American Red Cross; collaboration with the USC Brittingham Social Enterprise lab to host a lunch and learn lecture by Social Entrepreneur and founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises and Elizabeth Scarps, which was featured in the Daily Trojan; and a night out at the Disney Concert Hall to see the world famous Gustavo Dudamel conduct the LA Philharmonic.
Additionally, 50 merit scholar volunteers gave back to the community through weekly mentorship visits to two local elementary schools. This is an ongoing project hosted by the service arm of the organization, Scholars Leading Scholars, which will continue throughout the school year.

The TSS professional opportunities team marketed their online idea forum, Scholar Connection which generated 10 idea submissions. This online platform allows scholars to share ideas, collaborate on projects with other students with different talents, and to receive mentorship and networking opportunities through the Trojan Scholars Society.

Finally, TSS was a co-sponsor of USC’s 1st Annual Research and Fellowships Week, which hosted over 150 students at seven different events. See the earlier story in this newsletter for more details. 

Visit the Trojan Scholars Society website to learn about upcoming events!

Mork Scholar Welcome Luncheon

   USC’s entering class of Mork Family Scholars kicked off the school year with a luncheon hosted by John and Julie Mork during Trojan Family Weekend. 
USC is proud to welcome these talented students to the Trojan Family!

Stamps Scholar Fall Highlights

Stamps Scholars Executive Board
with USC President Nikias 
Stamps Scholars enjoying a day at the California Science Center
The USC Stamps Scholars reconnected at the start of the term with a “Shake Break” at Ground Zero Performance Café. During this event the scholars were able to meet the incoming Stamps freshmen, reconnect with their classmates, and make plans for group potluck dinners, tailgates, and other recreational activities that they attended throughout the semester.
In September, the Stamps scholars were also invited to a special tea with the University President, Dr. Nikias. During the tea they enjoyed getting to know the President, who shared his insights about leadership.

Last but not least, in October the USC Stamps scholars hosted fellow Stamps from Southern California for a regional get-together. The students met at the California Science Center where they saw the space shuttle Endeavor and toured the other science exhibits. They also returned to campus to give the visiting scholars a tour of USC, and have some milkshakes - which has become a USC Stamps tradition! 
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