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For any general questions or concerns about Symposium, please email .

For specific inquiries about the mission of the journal, Editorial Board, content qualifications, or policies, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Editorial Board

Executive Editors


Jenna Vacca, Kinesiology, Senior
Symposium is an academic journal for students by students. It connects like-minded individuals and faculty by sharing research while promoting a sense of pride for their college. With Symposium, students can further develop and explore their interests in the areas of Math and Science.”


Tyler Scott, Biology, Senior
“CP Symposium is crucial to displaying and highlighting the incredible research being conducted by our students. It really serves to showcase the whole picture, not only the discoveries being made, but the incredible process by which those results are made possible.”


Raadhika Arun Shah, Biology, Junior
“I am excited to be part of Symposium! I think the journal will be a great resource for students and will be a fantastic addition to the College of Science and Mathematics. I cannot wait to see all of the student work and effort in the journal.”


Malamatenia Bwely Wilson, English, Senior
“This is an academic journal created and run by students from Cal Poly, for the purpose of giving proper credit to other Cal Poly Students, whose hard work, dedication, and intelligence deserve notice and appreciation. This is the reason why Symposium has my full support, and why I’m glad I’m able to be a part of the team that shapes it.”




Naba Maryam Ahmed, Journalism, Junior
"Learn by Doing is what sets us apart at Cal Poly. I am excited to be on an interdisciplinary team that exhibits the motto of Learn by Doing by showcasing COSAM students' hard work and dedication.”

Faculty Advisors


Dr. Chris Kitts, Professor of Biology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Review Board

Reviewers for the Spring 2016 Issue

Elsie Washburn, Biology
Tristan Nibbe, Physics
Simone Mangini, Biology
Isaac Gomez, Kinesiology
Avity Norman, Graduate
Michelle Huang, Biology

Interested in gaining experience as a Symposium editor? Review Editor positions are available to talented and dedicated students who have an interest in reading and selecting scientific material that will be published in Symposium. Reviewers should feel comfortable evaluating science topics and providing clear and constructive critique. From this experience, reviewers will gain a stronger understanding of the peer-review process in addition to becoming more confident in approaching scientific articles and more aware of the projects COSAM students are pursuing.

Symposium gives Review Editor priority to COSAM majors, however special exceptions are considered by the jurisdiction of the Editorial Board.

Prospective reviewers may contact the editors at to share their qualifications and special areas of interest.