In the photo above, from left, Kathleen Stein, Erin Miller '10,
Joanna Fassett '10, Amelia Bell '10 and Cathy Crosby-Currie.
The Fourth Annual William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes have been
awarded to three students whose projects for the 2006-2007 academic year
were judged to "best reflect the goals of the First-Year Seminars."
First prize of $250 went to Joanna Fassett, of Adams Center, NY, for her paper entitled,
"Buddism: Holistic Medicine from a Holistic Philosophy"; her instructor
was Professor of Anthropology Ali Pomponio, on sabbatical this year,
having been awarded a Fulbright grant for study in Italy.
Erin Miller, East Aurora, NY, won second prize, $100, for her paper entitled, "The
Evolution of the American Teenager in Film"; her instructor was
Visiting Instructor in Fine Arts Kathleen Stein.
The $50 third prize went to Amelia Bell, of Portland, OR, for her paper entitled,
"Cruel and Unusual Punishment: An Analysis of Corporal Punishment
in Public Schools"; her instructor was Associate Professor of Psychology
and Associate Dean of the First Year Cathy Crosby-Currie.
All three gave presentations of their work at Family Weekend.
The William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes were created in honor of O'Brien,
a member of the Class of 2006 who was killed in an accident the summer after his
first year at St. Lawrence. His family and friends created a fund in his memory,
specifically to benefit the First-Year Program and students participating
in the program. The research prizes and the First-Year Cup are supported by
Each spring, the faculty and administrators of the First-Year Program select
three students whose research in their First-Year Seminar best reflects the
goals of the seminar. Those three students receive cash awards and present
their research to the campus community upon their return to campus in the
fall of their sophomore year. Students are nominated by their seminar
advisors, and submissions are judged on their "creativity, originality,
the quality of their written or oral presentation and, especially, their
ability to meet the research goals of the First-Year Seminar," which are:
- To assess the research requirements of a particular assignment and to meet
those requirements by using library collections, electronic databases and
- To be able to choose amongst these sources to determine which are most
appropriate for a particular assignment.
- To assess and represent the complexity of a particular line of inquiry
and to enter responsibly into the conversation about the issues it raises.
More information: First-Year Program
Research Opportunities at St. Lawrence
Posted: October 4, 2007