2016 Student Symposium: Saturday, April 16, 2015


Deadline March 7, 2016


On Saturday, April 16, 2016, Cornell College and Center for Teaching & Learning will sponsor an all-college Student Symposium to provide a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work to the college community.

Students with interesting ideas, creative projects, research results, or noteworthy off–campus experiences are encouraged to participate. 

Formats: Participants choose from four types of presentations:

  1. a fifteen minute oral presentation followed by discussion.
  2. poster presentation which involves displaying your work on or in front of a 4’ x 6’ bulletin board, and answering questions from viewers.
  3. an electronic poster presentation involves the same format of a poster presentation and is projected rather than printed.
  4. a short musical or theatrical performance followed by a critical analysis of the performance or work.

Authorship:  Papers, posters, or performance/lectures may be the work of one person or part of a larger collaborative effort.  However, student authors are limited to two presentations.

Content:  You may wish to report on experiments, review research on a particular topic, present reflections on off-campus learning (volunteer work or internships), revise and expand a successful paper from a class, present results from a junior or senior project, and so forth.  The possibilities are almost limitless. Click here for Guidelines and Examples of previous symposium sessions.  

Sponsorship:  Ask a faculty member to sponsor your work and help you prepare for the symposium. Together, you and your faculty sponsor will decide if your ideas are appropriate for a presentation.

Deadline:  March 7th

Use the submission form (https://cornellcollege.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6ePBCqu76uOamRn) to provide the required information and abstract (250 - 300 words). Prior to doing so, discuss your ideas with your faculty sponsor.  This is a firm deadline.

IRB:  Research that involves work with human subjects must receive prior approval from the IRB (Institutional Research Board).

Student Symposium at Cornell College

The Cornell College Student Symposium provides a venue in which students may present their scholarly and creative work. Initiated in 1997, the symposium encourages wide community participation and attendance. It has become an annual event and an important part of the Cornell experience.

Each student participant works closely with a faculty sponsor in choosing, preparing and presenting her/his work. The projects, many initiated by students, generally take several months to prepare. Presentations may be in oral, poster or performance/lecture format. 

Student Symposium 2015 Schedule

Forward from Dean R. Joseph Dieker:

The following pages present the schedule for the 19th annual Student Symposium at Cornell College, along with the abstracts of the oral, performance, and poster presentations to be featured on this day. The Student Symposium serves as a venue for some of our most engaged and accomplished students to share their work with the broader campus community and others. It demonstrates the remarkable range of interests pursued in and beyond the classroom at Cornell. This year features 108 students, working with 38 faculty members across 23 different departments and programs. There will be 34 oral presentations, 2 performances, and 33 poster presentations. Each of these is listed on the detailed schedule on the following pages.

The organization of the Student Symposium celebrates the liberal arts. At Cornell College, students draw meaning and gain a richer sense of knowledge through the connections made across disciplines and subjects. Sociology is paired with English. Psychology presents with the Classics. Biology is paired with Theatre. The Student Symposium committee worked throughout the opening months of 2015 to connect presentations in meaningful ways. If at first a session seems disjointed, take time and listen. Let the students of Cornell College stimulate the intellectual curiosity within each audience.

This year’s symposium was coordinated by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the faculty of the Student Symposium committee: Carol Lacy-Salazar (Spanish), Aparna Thomas (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Politics), and Emily Walsh (Geology). The logistics and technical aspects of the symposium were handled by Brooke Bergantzel, Greg Cotton, Shawn Doyle, Laura Farmer, Amy Gullen, Jessica Johanningmeier, Jennifer Rouse, Kristin Reimann, Paul Waelchli, Meghan Yamanishi, and Matt Zhorne. I offer my heartfelt thanks to them, and to the faculty members serving as session moderators, for their contributions to this project.

I invite you to participate in what promises to be a thought-provoking, exhilarating, and reflective day in our intellectual, creative, and community life.

R. Joseph Dieker, Dean of the College