About Symposium

What is a symposium?

The Ancient Greeks believed in enhancing the spread of intellectual thinking. The term originates from the social gathering of the Greek’s elite and brightest to discuss ideas and theories. Symposiums today are open forums for great thinkers to partake in the dissemination of new knowledge.

Symposium: Student Journal of Science and Math strives to exemplify this definition. The College of Science and Mathematics believes that “it’s all about our students.” Symposium aspires to fulfill COSAM’s motto by publishing outstanding, quality-centered articles written by COSAM students and selected by COSAM students.

Symposium is a student-written and student-run, open-access academic journal of science and math published at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The journal’s annual issues will promote discussion on the science topics the students of the College of Science and Mathematics (COSAM) investigate in their classes, labs, research, and senior projects.

By showcasing the exemplary work of COSAM students, Symposium aims to enhance student research experience and scientific communication within and beyond the Cal Poly community.

Become an author

Symposium encourages students to be a part of science discussion and symposium by submitting COSAM research, senior projects, and more! For more information on how to submit, visit Symposium's Submission Guidelines for Authors.


We would like to thank all the faculty members, department chairs, and dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo for supporting the creation and continuation of Symposium. We would like to specifically recognize the academic faculty advisor of Symposium, Dr. Elena Keeling, for her commitment to the success of the journal. Symposium is indebted to the endless support from Kennedy Library, and specifically to Digital Scholarship Services Librarian Marisa Ramirez and the Digital Scholarship Services department. Our thanks also goes out to our hard working and dedicated student reviewers of Symposium. Last, but not least, we would like to thank the student authors who have submitted to Symposium. Thank you for choosing to work with us. We thank all the students, faculty, and staff who have contributed in making Symposium a reality.