2017 Student Symposium: Saturday, April 22, 2017


Deadline March 13, 2017

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, 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 13th

Use the submission form to provide the required information and abstract (250 - 300 words). Prior to doing so, discuss your ideas with your faculty sponsor.  

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

Student Symposium 2016 Schedule

Full Schedule with Abstracts (PDF)

Forward from Dean R. Joseph Dieker:

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 90 students, working with 40 faculty members across 21 different departments and programs. There will be 38 oral presentations, 1 performance, 32 printed poster presentations, and 3 electronic poster presentations.

The following pages present the schedule for the 2016 Student Symposium at Cornell College, along with the abstracts of the oral, performance, and poster presentations to be featured on this day.
In addition to recognizing student research, the organization of the Student Symposium also celebrates the liberal arts. Psychology is paired with International Relations. Philosophy presents with Environmental Studies. Biology is paired with Theatre. At Cornell College, students draw meaning and gain a richer sense of knowledge through the connections made across disciplines and subjects. Today is a day to celebrate this breadth of knowledge.

This year’s symposium was coordinated by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the faculty of the Student Symposium committee: John Gruber-Miller (Classics), Kirilka Stavreva (English), and Emily Walsh (Geology). The logistics and technical aspects of the symposium were handled by Brooke Bergantzel, Greg Cotton, Laura Farmer, Amy Gullen, Jessica Johanningmeier, Kristin Reimann, Gabriella Torres, Paul Waelchli, Ellen Wrede, 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