Will O’Brien was a member of the Class of 2006 who was tragically killed in the summer after his first year here at St. Lawrence. Will loved his year at SLU, and thanks to the generosity of his family and their friends, we are able to fund a series of prizes for research done in spring First-Year Seminar courses.
Each year, we select three students whose research in their FYS best reflects exemplary achievement of the goals of the FYS. Those three students will receive cash awards and will have the opportunity to present their research to the campus community at the Honors Reception during Family Weekend in the fall of their sophomore year.
Congratulations to the William O'Brien FYS Research Prize winners from the
Class of 2017:
First Place: Casey L. Cabrinha
"Computers as Confidants: The Benefits vs. Ethical Standing of Artificially Intelligent Companions"
FYS - History Rebooted: Alan Turing and Understanding Artificial Intelligence
with Paul Doty
Second Place: Olivia K. White
"Civilian Heroes: How the Critique of Protagonists Impacts Reader Initiative in Graphic Novels, Narrative, and Autobiographies"
FYS - Reporter as Revolutionary: Narratives of Graphic Journalism
with Sid Sondergard
Third Place: Michael L. Lengieza
"Methylphenidate: Does It Work In Healthy Adults?"
FYS - Faster, Stronger, Smarter: Creating a Perfect Human Being
with Serge Onyper
Honorable Mention: Abigail M.W. Nissen
"Intersectionality in School Organizations"
FYS - Doc Dynasty: Great Documentaries Past and Present
with Kara McLuckie
Honorable Mention: Rebecca L. Clayman
"Thelma and Louise as a Feminist Milestone: The Regression of Women's Empowerment in Film"
FYS - Rebels and Outcasts: American Individualism in Film
with Kathleen Stein