May 18, 2011
Danielle McNamara
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Press Release


Larry Lim, longtime MESA director at University of Southern California, was honored with the USC President’s Award for Staff Achievement.


Lim was recognized at a luncheon this month for his efforts in exposing MESA students in the Los Angeles area to math, science and engineering, with many of them continuing these studies in college. This is the first award selection for new USC President C. L. Max Nikias.


Each year USC honors an employee who “displays outstanding contributions to the enhancement of USC.” Lim was selected out of about 50 nominees.


“It is very nice to be recognized for being successful and running a strong program,” he said. “And for doing meaningful work, documenting that MESA is important and has helped so many students become successful themselves.”


Lim began his service to MESA in the 1970s when he was a physics and chemistry teacher at Belmont High School. He was a MESA advisor and part of a team of teachers that proposed starting a MESA program at USC in 1977. Lim became the MESA director at USC in 1979.


“For some 33 years Larry has served MESA and the last quarter century that service has been through his work at USC. The President’s Award is a fitting accolade for what is Larry’s professional life’s work,” said MESA Executive Director Oscar Porter.


Lim will also receive a cash prize and a short film will be made about his work.


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