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2017 Message to Participants from President, Thomas Rochon

Ithaca College offers our students tremendous opportunities to complete independent research projects and present them at the annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium. Those projects give students valuable experience in posing an important question, assembling evidence related to the question, analyzing that evidence, and communicating the results orally and in writing. Whether a student decides to pursue a future in research or any other professional field, these foundational skills are developed and honed only through practice. The Whalen Symposium offers a fascinating window into the research being completed by our students across the entire range of human endeavor and knowledge.

Thomas R. Rochon President

2017 Message to Participants from Provost & Vice President of Educational Affairs, Linda Petrosino

Mentored inquiry is an incubator for critical thinking, solving complex problems and effective communication. The 20th Whalen Academic Symposium showcases the scholarly and creative endeavors of our students and their faculty mentors that underscore these important developmental skills. Today, Ithaca College celebrates the extraordinary work of our students and faculty.

Linda Petrosino Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs

2017 Message to Participants from Whalen Symposium Steering Committee Co-Chairs Rumit Singh Kakar and Kimberly Wilkinson

It is with great pleasure that we welcome everyone to 20th Annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium. The Committee is excited to present a stimulating program full of scholarship, research, and creativity. The program includes featured keynotes, oral and poster presentations, creative performances and discussions.

The success of the symposium relies on the excellent work showcased by the students and their faculty advisors here at Ithaca College. Please join us in celebrating this day by encouraging our students as they share the knowledge and experience in their respective fields of study.

Rumit Singh Kakar and Kimberly Wilkinson

Whalen Symposium Steering Committee Co-Chairs