Applications Open Online for 2018 Whalen Symposium!


whalensymThe online submission process for faculty sponsors and students to submit an abstract for the 21st Annual James J. Whalen Symposium is now open.  Honors students can receive Scholarly Engagement points for presenting at the Symposium.

STUDENTS: Interested in participating?

  • Develop your presentation skills.
  • Include your presentation on your resume and graduate application.
  • Win a gift certificate to the Ithaca College Bookstore if yours is an award-winning presentation.

Submit the online submission form or contact your faculty collaborator to have them fill out the form.

FACULTY: Have your student submit their abstract.

Once the form(s) is/are submitted, you and your student(s) will receive an e-mail detailing next steps.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018. It is the premier academic event at Ithaca College and features student presentations on research and creative works that are developed in collaboration with faculty.

Please contact Karen Walls at (607) 274-3113 or should you have any questions.

IC Honors FYI: Whalen Symposium Information Session

Join us this Thursday, Oct. 20 from 12:10 – 1:00pm in Textor 102 for an information session regarding the 20th annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium.

This annual symposium offers Ithaca College students and faculty the opportunity for to showcase their work. This includes those of you who are  working on a thesis project, conducting independent research, or developing some other form or original creative work in the field of music, theater, film, or two- and three-dimensional art. Maybe there’s a project or a paper for a class that you’d like to expand upon. Maybe there’s a feature you’ve written for a journalism class.

This information session is for interested those faculty and students who have questions or need more information regarding participation in the James J. Whalen Academic  Symposium.

Pizza and soda will be provided at the meeting for lunch

The James J. Whalen Academic  Symposium will take place on April 13, 2017.

The session will introduce students and faculty to the Symposium, the application process, the abstract guidelines, and presentation options.  Please follow the link to sign up:

Register Here

The online submission process for faculty sponsors to submit student presenter names will be open starting Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and close on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

For more information, go to the Whalen Symposium website at :





IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ryan Bianconi ’17

This week’s Student Spotlight features Ryan Bianconi, a member of the senior class hailing from just up the road in Scipio, NY. An accomplished student of mathematics, Ryan presented his research on The Mean Median Sequence in the Ithaca College JJ Whalen Symposium last April. A week later, he presented at Colgate University for the 75th annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America Seaway Section on his research into Infinite Series Without Calculus. Ryan is a member of the National Mathematics Honors Society, the Oracle Society, and Phi Kappa Phi. Despite such scholastic achievement, those that know Ryan acknowledge him as a man of kindness and humility, and value him as a friend. Learn more about Ryan below!

13001081_1713301472216946_5358161456876540671_n(Ryan with his advisor, Professor Osman Yurekli from the Math Department)

Favorite part about IC:
The people: be it in the Honors program, or in the mathematics department, I have found that they are a lot of wonderful people here at Ithaca College.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
American Breakdown (with Dr. Hugh Egan): The course presented a fascinating portrait of mental instability through American literature. At the time, I had never had any class like it. Even now, two years later, it stands out as one of the most unique classes I have taken.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Going to Mathfest: The school of Humanities and Sciences co-funded my trip to Mathfest in Columbus, Ohio this summer where I was able to present some of my mathematical research on integral transforms and take in various presentations by other mathematicians.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.