2015 Student Symposium: Saturday, April 25, 2015

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

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.