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Symposium at Ithaca College Highlights Undergraduate Research

ITHACA, NY — The 15th annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 11, highlighting original research and creative works done by Ithaca College students in collaboration with faculty sponsors. Named for the college’s sixth president, the symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center. The public is invited to attend.

The annual event provides students with the opportunity to give oral and poster presentations on their senior and honors thesis projects and independent research, and to present their original creative work in the arts, including writing, music, theater and film. More than 300 students and 84 faculty sponsors will be represented in this year’s symposium.

A sampling of presentation titles demonstrates the eclectic nature of student research:

  • An Evaluation of the City of Ithaca Ordinance to Regulate Outdoor Smoking
  • Air Travel Demand for Regional Airports
  • The Cultural Construction of American Beauty
  • Three Strikes Laws & Habitual Offenders
  • The Sound of Silence: Effects of Music on Reading Comprehension
  • Infant Control of a Robotic Mobility Device with a Joystick
  • International Property Rights and Their Impact on Malaria Treatment Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • An Ethnoarchaeological Spatial Analysis of Wegmans
  • Following in Their Footsteps? The Influences of Parental Marital Status on College Dating Relationships

The symposium celebrates the tradition of student and faculty collaboration in research and creative activity at Ithaca College and the continuing support that the late President Emeritus Whalen provided for this work during his presidency from 1975 to 1997. It was not held in 2011, as the college instead hosted the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

The symposium schedule can be found at