Lara Vincent Prize for Original Research

Lara Vincent Prize for Original Research

Lara Vincent during the Marine Semester at BU.
Lara Vincent during the Marine Semester at BU.
Lara Vincent during aviation training.
Lara Vincent during aviation training.
Lara Vincent skydiving.
Lara Vincent skydiving.

LT Lara Vincent, USMC, in front of her T-34 trainier.
LT Lara Vincent, USMC, in front of her T-34 trainier.

Tell Lara Vincent something couldn’t be done, and she’d figure out a way to do it. She was a skydiver, a competitive skier and motorcyclist, an ice climber, a deep-sea diver, a military pilot—and a star pupil in the Boston University Marine Program.

While studying at BU, Lara designed a research project investigating fish school formation. “Her professor said that would be great, but impossible given the amount of time and facilities she had available,” recalls her father, Lee Vincent. “She said, ‘We’ll see about that,’ and she did it. That’s what made her a legend—she took on what was impossible.”

After graduating a semester early, Lara took on the U.S. Marines, signing up to become a Cobra helicopter pilot. She was killed in a plane crash in June 1998, during her last training flight.

After her death, the BU Marine Program established the Lara Vincent Prize for Original Research, honoring the daredevil and creative thinker.

Lee and Sue are proud to keep their daughter’s memory alive by contributing to the undergraduate award every year—and have set up a bequest to continue their support.

Winners of the Lara Vincent Prize


Fall 2015: Gabrielle Hillyer (’15)
Fall 2014: Michael Kowalski (’14)
Fall 2013: Megan Feddern (’15)
Fall 2012: Victoria Pinheiro (’13)
Fall 2011: Erica Ross (’12) and Mary Kate Rogener (’13)
Fall 2010: Samantha Gifford (’11)
Fall 2009: Nicholas Keeney (’10) and Jenna Walker (’11)
Fall 2008: Hillary Braverman (’10) and Amanda Iveson (’09)
Fall 2007: Peter Stetson (’09) and Sara Edquist (’08)
Fall 2005: Jessica Fitzsimmons (’08) and Vera Pfieffer (’08)
Fall 2003: Debra Giglia (’06)
Fall 2002: Heather Marlow (’04)
Fall 2001: Michael Cermak (’02)
Fall 2000: Kara Yopak (’02)
Fall 1999: Grace Kwong (’00)
Spring 1999: Jaimie Champagne (’99)
Fall 1998: Lydia Munger (’00)