TSS is thrilled to share our Featured Scholars. We want to showcase our amazing peers, the achievements they've made, and highlight how they embody the true spirit of a Trojan and a Scholar.


ruby au • mork scholar • class of 2016

Ruby Au, a Mork Scholar and Trojan Scholars Society alumna, moved to Kenya after graduation to launch Lumen, a social enterprise with a mission to create a financially sustainable model for providing computer education in rural communities. To achieve that goal, she and her team have structured the curriculum around data collection for external organizations.


Ruby has created a video featuring the Lumen story to raise awareness of their work in Kenya. After concluding a successful pilot program in December 2016, Lumen is now crowdfunding to set up their first permanent “Lumen Labs” in Muhuru Bay and Mtito Andei, Kenya. You can support the venture by contributing to the crowdfund, or learn more by visiting their website.

Sophie wix • presidential scholar • class of 2017

Sophie is majoring in Health and Human Sciences and minoring in Natural Science. She spent the summer abroad in the UK as part of the Pembroke-King’s Programme, which offers students to take courses and experience life as a Cambridge student. As part of her program Sophie will be conducting independent research for a dissertation on nutrition and cancer prevention. She recently won the PKP Blog Competition in which she reflects on her experience abroad. Her entry has been highlighted on the program’s blog. You can follow all of Sophie’s adventures on sophieexplorescambridge.wordpress.com.


Lizzy is a Biological Sciences major with a minor in Medical Anthropology and hopes to eventually become a trauma surgeon, driven by her passion for creating more accessible emergency care in traditionally medically under-served communities in LA. She is a TSS Social committee member and spends her free time volunteering at the Natural History Museum and being involved in the Science Outreach program at the local elementary school. Lizzy has participated in researching human male mate-guarding strategies as a function of female ovulatory status and plans to continue research in biology during her time at USC.