Female student presenting poster at I.S. symposium

Senior Research Symposium

A Celebration of Independent Study

Each year, the College of Wooster cancels classes on a Friday in April to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. The college itself becomes a classroom as hundreds of senior share the projects they have developed during the academic year. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to visit campus that day and listen to presentations, view art exhibits, ask questions about research posters, and explore the work of the senior class. If you will be joining us from off-campus please complete the online registration form.

The schedule for 2016 will be posted the week before the Symposium.

Download the full 2015 Program (.pdf). 


Celebrate and share the results of your I.S. experience with the greater college community. Showcase your research findings, long poem, theatrical production, musical composition, or visual art. You can choose to present a short formal paper, do a demonstration or reading, do a digital presentation, or create a poster. Applications are due by 8 a.m. April 5th. 

First-Years, Sophomores, & Juniors

First-years, sophomores, and juniors can learn more about senior I.S. accomplishments and generate ideas for their own I.S. projects. This unique, all-day event allows students to extend the classroom across departments and the campus as they experience the impressive breadth of projects that constitute the College’s capstone program.

COW Community

For more than 60 years, every Wooster graduate has had the experience of creating something genuinely valuable through Independent Study (I.S.), our nationally recognized year-long project that allows seniors to immerse themselves in an idea they are passionate about. We hope that you will join our seniors in this all-day event, featuring performances, presentations, research posters, and exhibits of senior work.


The Senior Research Symposium is supported by the Henry J. Copeland Fund for Independent Study.