William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes | St. Lawrence University First-Year Program

William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes

Winners from the Class of 2020

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