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 2019:
First Place: Nicole J. Kubishta
"The Agency of Goddesses in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Ovid’s Metamorphoses"
FYS - Gods, Heroes, Monsters: Myth and Pop Culture
with Sarah Barber
Second Place: Germaine E. Garcia
"Cat Country: The Downward Spiral of a Civilization"
FYS - For the Greater Good: Satire and Dystopian Fiction
with Rebecca Jewell
Third Place: Cait E. O'Connor
FYS - Human Rights: History, Remembrance, Repair
with Joseph Kling
Honorable Mention: Louise Nielsen
"How the Lost Village Became Lost"
FYS - Geographies of Globalization
with Madeleine Wong
Honorable Mention: Abigail W. Smith
"Obama's Victory Speech of 2008: A Critical Analysis"
FYS - Speak Up: Rhetoric and Public Speaking
with Allison Rowland