20th annual Student Symposium held April 16

Ninety students will present at the 20th annual Cornell College Student Symposium.

Students present their work to a variety of people.
Students present their work to a variety of people.

The students will present on a wide variety of topics following many, long hours of research. From studying Box Turtles in area wetlands to researching German-Americans in Iowa during World War I, this year’s presentations will have something for everyone to learn.

The Student Symposium takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Thomas Commons.

“Over the past 20 years, the Student Symposium has been a meaningful way for Cornell to honor and recognize the type of research and student work that is possible under the One Course At A Time model,” said Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning and College Librarian Paul Waelchli. “Cornell’s schedule creates close, educationally rewarding opportunities for student-faculty research. Each year, the symposium provides a showcase of the rewarding research that Cornell students have undertaken.”

The students worked with 40 faculty members across 21 departments and programs. There will be 74 total presentations, which will include 38 oral presentations, one performance, 32 printed poster presentations, and three electronic poster presentations.

Sixty-three of the 74 sessions are led by upper-class students, who will present on the culmination of their research with Cornell faculty.

“Many of these projects are the result of years of student study over multiple courses. For some of these students, Student Symposium is an opportunity to hone their research before presenting at other conferences,” Waelchli said. “For other students, it is an opportunity to share what they have learned at Cornell with their peers and faculty mentors.”

The Student Symposium has become a much-anticipated event each year for students, faculty, and the community. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Paul Waelchli at PWaelchli@cornellcollege.edu or call 319.895.4260.