College student lauded for research

METUCHEN — A borough native was recently honored for his work regarding health sciences.

Mark Vorensky, a senior physical therapy major at Ithaca College, was named a winner in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance category of the 18th annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium.

The symposium highlights original research done by Ithaca College students in collaboration with faculty sponsors.

Vorensky won for his presentation, “Interpersonal Communication Education in a Physical Therapy Clinical Setting: Influence on Student-Patient Relationships.”

The James J. Whalen Academic Symposium provides students with the opportunity to give oral and poster presentations on their senior and honors thesis projects and independent research. It also allows students to display their original work in the arts.

Presentations are scored by a panel of judges on purpose/rationale, techniques and methods, conclusions, relevance, originality and visual appearance.