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Ithaca College's Annual Academic Symposium

Present your original research and creative work at the Whalen Symposium!
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Visit the official site for the 2021 Whalen Symposium. This landing page will help you navigate our conference this year.
2021 Whalen Site

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

It is extraordinary for undergraduate students to benefit from the kind of expert mentoring that IC faculty routinely provide. The James J. Whalen Academic Symposium honors past president James J. Whalen's dedication to student learning and undergraduate research. 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 symposium provides a rich sample of the wide range of undergraduate 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 your results!

"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

Click to view the research archive from last year's Whalen Symposium.