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 2022

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. This year, we have also selected one honorable mention and they will also present their research at the Honors Reception. Click here to view this year's schedule.

Congratulations to the William O'Brien FYS Research Prize winners from the
Class of 2022:

First Place: Tina L. Luchetta
     "Is the hijab dangerous? Thinking about Islam, Gender, and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East"
     FYS - “Is Hijab Dangerous: Thinking about Gender and Sexuality in the Contemporary Islamic World"
              with Howard Eissenstat

Second Place: Skylar M. Bergeron
     "Rebellion Through Peace: War News Radio & Its Commitment to Peace Journalism"
     FYS - Grassroots Media for the Next Generation
              with John Collins

Third Place: Lauren S. Nakamura
     "What is a Zoo?: The Changing Function of Wild Animal Captivity and American Values"
     FYS - Animals in U.S. History
              with Donna Alvah

Honorable Mention:  Stefan M. Dragićević
     The Life and History of Yugo Car
     FYS - Everyday Artifacts: Exploring History through Family
              with Nicole Roche