Gaskins Given Charles E. and Sue K. Young Undergraduate Student Award Scholarship

Feb. 1, 2003

Nicole Gaskins, a junior sprinter on the UCLA women's track and field team, has been awarded the Charles E. and Sue K. Young Undergraduate Student Award Scholarship. It is presented by the UCLA College of Letters and Science to 'undergraduates who have achieved distinction in their studies, demonstrate research potential and are active in the University.'

Gaskins, from Rancho Cucamonga/Diamond Bar HS, is also an undergraduate research scholar who has received the Wasserman Scholarship, supporting Gaskins' current study entitled 'A Study of the Speaking Fundamental Frequency Characteristics and Perceived Characteristics of Black and White Women.' Gaskins conducted the research last year and her paper (A Study of the Speaking Fundamental Frequency Characteristics of Black and White Women) was accepted to be presented at the Berkeley Linguistic Societe's annual meeting and it will then be published.

Gaskins is one of UCLA's top student-athlete scholars. A communications study major, last spring she had a cumulative grade point average of 3.813 and the highest gpa on the Bruin women's track & field team (the ninth-best gpa among UCLA women athletes).

In track, for the last two seasons, Gaskins has been an alternate on UCLA's relays at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At the 2002 Pac-10 meet, she ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (fifth-place, 46.53) and also qualified in the 400m hurdles (with a personal-best 1:00.24).

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