Bloomsburg University Names Winner of Philosophy Outstanding Senior Award

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Date: May 4, 2020

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Bloomsburg University Names Winner of Philosophy Outstanding Senior Award

BLOOMSBURG—The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Department of Philosophy has named Keira Frazier the 2020 winner of the Carlough Award for the outstanding graduating senior.

The award, presented annually for over a quarter century, is named for William Carlough, former chair of the BU philosophy department. The winner of the award is based on a vote of all philosophy faculty, a student’s GPA in philosophy and overall GPA as well as the faculty’s judgement of the student’s achievements and ability. Frazier will attend Penn State Law School in University Park on a full scholarship.

“I have always had a passion for helping others, and I hope to succeed in the field of public interest and public policy,” said Frazier. “After taking a course in contemporary moral problems with Dr. Bassam Romaya, I was exposed to major issues in our justice system. I specifically want to focus on reforming the way our society handles criminal justice and look towards a more restorative procedure for nonviolent criminals.”

“It’s kind of embarrassing, but I didn’t even start thinking about law school as an option until this past September,” Frazier continued. “I wasn’t all in about it until October, after the Diehl Center for Law School Preparation sponsored a trip to the NYC Law School Forum. I took the LSAT in January, put in my applications in March, and chose Penn State the first week of April, so it was definitely a different kind of time crunch.”

Frazier counts numerous faculty members as influencers during time at BU.

“Starting with Dr. (Steven) Hales, who I’ve had numerous classes with, as well as Dr. (Wendy) Lee, Dr. Romaya as well as my adviser, Dr. Kurt Smith, have all helped me with my confidence, passion and decision-making. I couldn’t be where I am today without their help.”