“Undergraduate student-mentored research provides [students] with a platform to discover,” said Linda Petrosino, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and the closing speaker at the symposium. “It moves them from passive learning to engaged active learning. It brings to life the theory, the principles, and concepts that they are exposed to in the classroom, lab, clinic, field, studio, and virtual spaces.”
Many students hoped that their research will serve as a springboard to further educational opportunities.
“I want to go graduate school to be a chiropractor,” said exercise science major Michael Snowden ’23. “Getting to conduct research was great. This experience can help me if I want to attend and present at medical conferences in the future, so I view it as a learning experience.”
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Melanie Stein spent much of the day attending presentations and speaking with students.
“I always look forward to the Whalen Symposium, which showcases and celebrates the impressive research projects our students conduct, guided by our dedicated and talented faculty,” she said. “The breadth of these projects, which come from students in programs across the college, serves as a tangible demonstration of the value Ithaca College places on experiential learning as part of our students’ educational experience. Through this research, students gain a deep understanding of a problem, often a real-world problem, and contribute directly to the construction of knowledge in their chosen field of research.”