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Jeremy Tanner Nominated as One of 10 Renaissance Scholar Prize Recipients
April 19, 2011 • by News at Marshall

At the 2011 commencement, the university will recognize 329 seniors as USC Renaissance Scholars. Students meriting this academic honor have completed studies in at least two disparate fields (a major and a minor, or a double major) and earned a GPA of 3.5 or better. This year 103 Renaissance Scholars entered the competition for the Renaissance Scholar Prize, which offers $10,000 for graduate studies. Only 10 scholars were nominated as prize recipients. Among them is Jeremy Tanner, a neuroscience major with minors in natural sciences and business.

"I’m greatly honored and excited about this," Tanner said. "That’s one of the reasons I came to USC: to study different fields."

Tanner says his neuroscience major has prepared him for medical school, which he plans to enter in the fall. Meanwhile, "the business minor gave me the skills and tools I would have to use — networking, presentations, communication, business management— if I were to have a doctor’s office or direct a clinic," he says.

Tanner had hoped to double major in neuroscience and business, but could not work out both with the credit hours required. He did take an introductory entrepreneurship class outside of the business minor requirements in the Marshall School. "I was interested in how to turn an idea into an actual business or project," he says. "Ideally, I’d like to direct an Alzheimer’s clinic."

David Glasgow, the university’s director of undergraduate programs who is responsible for administering the Renaissance Scholars program, says that Tanner and the other nine Renaissance Scholar Prize winners clearly distinguished themselves from the other candidates. "The faculty panel was very impressed with Jeremy's excellent academic record, faculty recommendations and the extent to which his programs of study represent the type of breadth with depth that we encourage at USC," Glasgow said.

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