Take Home $3 Million

SMU students Sam Khurana, Francis Goldschmid and Charles Taylor were the victors Monday night in the final episode of NBC's reality show, Treasure Hunters.

Known as "The Geniuses," they won $3 million by solving the contest's final clue — FSKEY — and opening the vault before the Southie Boys and Air Force could figure it out.

See "The Geniuses" win.

The three SMU students have near-perfect SAT scores, multiple majors and high GPAs. Tell us what you thought of the finale.

Interview on Channel 7

An SMU interview with The Geniuses is being broadcast on campus and Park Cities Channel 7 at the following times:
    MWF - 10:25 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
    TTh - 12:25 p.m., 5 p.m.


Posted 22 August 2006 | Matthew Meltzer (Charles' roommate)

The energy was building as people arrived at my apartment for our finale-watching party. As the final episode of Treasure Hunters began, my eyes were glued to the screen. Due to the excitement building up and continuing throughout the night, I am having to watch the show for the 3rd time to bring y’all an accurate recap (thank God for Tivo). More

Posted 11 August 2006 | Ida Khobahy (Francis' girlfriend)

Wow, I can't believe the Geniuses have made it to the final three. I couldn't be more proud of them. I am so happy with the way the show has turned out. . . More

Posted 10 August 2006 | Gale Goldshmid (Francis' mother)

You have played the game with dignity, respect, charm, pride, self-respect, and with great teamwork! We are all extremely proud of all three of you. More

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“Charles majored in electrical engineering, biology, math and physics at SMU, so he is adept at looking for intellectual treasures in different disciplines within the university. With such training and experience, I have never had any doubts about his success as an NBC Treasure Hunter.”
Panos Papamichalis, chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering

'The Geniuses' back at SMU
See the interview.

In the News

KXAS-TV, Ch. 5  

Reality TV winners return to SMU
— The Dallas Morning News (08/23/06)

A win to 'Treasure'
— The Paris (TX) News (08/22/06)

SMU students win it all
— The Daily Campus (08/22/06)

SMU trio wins big 'Treasure'
— The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (08/22/06)

SMU team snags $3M 'Treasure'
— The Dallas Morning News (08/22/06)

The Thrill of the Hunt
  — The Paris (TX) News (08/20/06)

Meet the Geniuses