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.
Congratulations to the William O'Brien FYS Research Prize winners from the
Class of 2016:
First Place: Matt Dier
"Decoding DNA and the Law: Does Genomic Privacy Exist for Arrestees?"
FYS - Know Your Rights: Constitutional Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
with Diane Exoo
Second Place: Bailey O'Keeffe
"An Analysis of American Beauty"
FYS - Rebels and Outcasts: American Individualism in Film
with Kathleen Stein
Third Place: Kaitlyn Gillmor
"Programming a New Behavior for Both Robots and Humans"
FYS - History Rebooted: Alan Turing and Understanding Artificial Intelligence
with Paul Doty