The winners of the 2006 O'Brien Research Prizes, with their faculty
mentors. From left, front, General Biology Specialist Carol Budd,
Professor of Anthropology Ali Pomponio, Eden Mohammed '09 and Rebecca LaPier '09.
Back, Kai Cameron-Gilsey '09, Professor of English Sidney Sondergard and
Associate Dean of the First Year Steven Horwitz. (Photo by Lindsay Muetterties)
The Third Annual William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes have been awarded to
three students whose projects for the 2005-2006 academic year were judged to
"best reflect the goals of the First-Year Seminars."
First prize of $250 went to Rebecca LaPier '09, of West Chazy, NY, for
"Hong Kong Cinema's Recipe For a Heroine: Inconsistencies in the Feminine
Representation." Her First-Year Seminar was taught by Professor of English
Kai Cameron-Gilsey '09, of Rockport, MA, was awarded second prize, $100,
for "An American Family Dinner," a monologue and group performance in the
First-Year Seminar taught by Associate Professor of Performance and Communication
Arts Rebecca Daniels.
The $50 third prize went to Eden Mohammed '09, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for
"African Orphan Care in the Post-AIDS Era," in a seminar taught by General
Biology Specialist Carol Budd and Professor of Anthropology Ali Pomponio.
All three will give presentations of their work at Family Weekend.
The William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes were created in honor of O'Brien,
a member of the Class of 2006 who was killed in an accident the summer after his
first year at St. Lawrence. His family and friends created a fund in his memory,
specifically to benefit the First-Year Program and students participating
in the program. The research prizes and the First-Year Cup are supported by
Each spring, the faculty and administrators of the First-Year Program select
three students whose research in their First-Year Seminar best reflects the
goals of the seminar. Those three students receive cash awards and present
their research to the campus community upon their return to campus in the
fall of their sophomore year. Students are nominated by their seminar
advisors, and submissions are judged on their "creativity, originality,
the quality of their written or oral presentation and, especially, their
ability to meet the research goals of the First-Year Seminar," which are:
- To assess the research requirements of a particular assignment and to meet
those requirements by using library collections, electronic databases and
- To be able to choose amongst these sources to determine which are most
appropriate for a particular assignment.
- To assess and represent the complexity of a particular line of inquiry
and to enter responsibly into the conversation about the issues it raises.
More information: First-Year Program
Research Opportunities at St. Lawrence
Posted: September 21, 2006