Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


June 16, 2006


Two Ashland students have been named Gaines Scholars.

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 14 undergraduates, including Katie Braun and Peter Frailie, as new scholars in the UK Gaines Fellowship Program.

Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of students outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, interest in public issues and desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Fellowships are awarded for tenure in the junior and senior years or the last years of a five-year program.

Braun, daughter of Deborah and Charles Braun, is a 2004 graduate of Russell High School and is a rising junior majoring in psychology.

She has been named to the dean’s list, has served as a research assistant for one of UK’s social psychology labs, is a volunteer with the Explorium and is a member of UK’s Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry and Phi Sigma Pi, a national honor fraternity.

She plans to study social psychology in graduate school with hopes of researching stereotypes and prejudices as a professor.

Frailie, son of Cora and Pete Frailie, is also a 2004 graduate of Russell High School. A a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering, he is a Singletary Scholar, a member of Residence Hall Government and has been named to the dean’s list. He serves on the Engineering Student Council and acts as an advisor to the Freshman Engineering Student Council.

He plans to pursue a job in pharmaceutical research in the future.

Gaines Fellowships carry a stipend of $2,000 in the junior year and $3,000 in the senior year. All Gaines Fellows must take a specially designed four-credit per semester seminar in the humanities during both semesters of their junior year.

Founded in 1984 by a gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education.

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