William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes

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 2018:

First Place: Kaelyn L. Kohlasch
     "Role of Genetics in Athletic Performance"
     FYS - Growing Up Einstein: The Science of Genius
              with Serge Onyper

Second Place: Alexander Andrews
     "Unhappiness Inc."
     FYS - How To Like It: Depictions of Happiness in the Modern World
              with Josh Exoo

Third Place: Marla J. Davidson
     "The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Green Roofs"
     FYS - New Urbanism: The Walkable Smart Growth Solution?
              with Matt McCluskey

Honorable Mention:  Alexandra C. Mackenzie
     "Us and Them: Challenging Extremism in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing"
     FYS - Rebels and Outcasts: American Individualism in Film
              with Kathleen Stein

Honorable Mention: Grace G. King
     "Made in Bangladesh"
     FYS - Global Capital and Geographies of Dislocation
              with Madeleine Wong