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The Whalen Academic Symposium

Present your original research or creative work at our annual symposium.

Inspire students and audience members with your commitment to your topic and the depth of expertise you have developed.

Honoring past president James J. Whalen's dedication to student learning and academic research, the James J. Whalen Academic Symposium is an annual Ithaca College tradition that invites students to present their mentored research and other creative works in a professional setting. The Whalen Symposium offers students the opportunity to collaborate on research with their professors and with one another and provides a conference-like setting in which to present their work. 

Ithaca College has a long tradition of fostering student learning through collaborative research with faculty mentors, and the success of that tradition has been demonstrated repeatedly as Ithaca College students have presented their research at conferences such as the National Council on Undergraduate Research and the Eastern Colleges Science Conference. 

Each year's Whalen Symposium provides a rich sample of the wide range of student research and creativity. Enormous personal growth comes from working closely with a mentor to define and refine a research topic, gather information and evidence, and then write and present findings!

We invite you to experience the Whalen Symposium for yourself: present, volunteer, and/or attend!

"Be open to life. Do not allow conformity to wear down your aspirations. Have the courage to trust your own dreams."

James J. Whalen, President of Ithaca College, 1975–1997

Whalen Symposium Archive

Click to view the research archive from the Whalen Symposiums from past years.

female student presents her research
2022 Whalen Symposium
Experience it for yourself!
Present your research and other creative works to your peers; volunteer; and/or support your peers by attending their presentations!
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Questions about the Whalen Symposium?

Reach out to us at whalen@ithaca.edu.