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. Click here to view this year's schedule.
Congratulations to the William O'Brien FYS Research Prize winners from the
Class of 2020:
First Place: Torri R. Lonergan
"25 Cents a Day: The Consequences of International Charity"
FYS - Geographies of Globalization
with Madeleine Wong
Second Place: Ryan P. Young
"America Must Do More: What the United States Should Do to Resolve the Syrian Refugee Crisis"
FYS - Through the "Golden Door": Immigration to the United States, Past and Present
with Donna Alvah
Third Place [shared]: Kelly R. Mullally, Shelby D. Hetherington, Deven K. Redden
"Male Initiators of Sex In Unplanned Sexual Encounters"
FYS - Change Agents
with Adedipupo King
Honorable Mention: Jamie T. Paragallo
"Sesame Street's Urban Representation"
FYS - How to Get to Sesame Street: Kids’ TV and Culture
with Sarah Barber
Honorable Mention: Laura M. Kleist
"A Survey of Overturned Trees: The Impact of Wind Direction and Tree Age on Windthrow"
FYS - The Wonder of Winterland: Our Relationship to Winter
with Karl McKnight
Honorable Mention: Victoria M. O'Heir
"A Label for Social Change: "HeForShe""
FYS - Speak Up: Rhetoric and Public Speaking
with Allison Rowland