The inaugural William O'Brien First-Year Research Prizes were presented
this fall, to three students whose projects for the 2003-2004 academic year
were judged to "best reflect the goals of the First-Year Seminars."
First Prize went to Kelli Holmstrom '07, of Bemidji, Minnesota, for her
project "Madness, Gender and Class: Enforcing the Binaries in Lady Audley's
Secret." Her advisor was Visiting Assistant Professor of English Sarah Gates.
Alison Eusden '07, of Hingham, Masschusetts, won Second Prize, for her project
titled "The Role of Nurses in World War II." Eusden's advisor was Professor
of Modern Languages and Literatures Joan Dargan.
"Considerations of, and Alternatives to, the Three Gorges Dam" was the title
of the Third Prize-winning project, by Kelly Goonan '07, of Liverpool, New
York. Associate Professor of History Anne Csete was her advisor. Goonan is
participating in the University's Adirondack Semester this fall, and was
not on campus to participate in the award announcements.
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 the fund.
To assess the research requirements of a particular assignment and to
meet those requirements by using library collections, electronic databases
and Web-based sources.
Each spring, the faculty and administrators of the First-Year Program will
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 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.
Posted: October 15, 2004