History of the Symposium
The Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research was first held in 1998 as a forum for showcasing excellence in student research at North Central College. Each year, the Symposium has drawn an increasing number of student presenters while maintaining high standards for performance. In addition to providing the scholarly works featured at the Symposium, students have also been involved in helping to organize and promote the Symposium, primarily through the involvement of student organizations such as Tri Beta and Psi Chi.
The Symposium is named for Dr. Joseph Rall, M.D., Ph.D., North Central Class of 1940. Dr. Joseph Rall has been involved in the Symposium since its inception and has played a critical role in attracting Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scholars to speak to Symposium attendees. Dr. Rall has won numerous awards and honors from the medical and scientific communities. He retired as deputy director of intramural research at the National Institutes on Health -- the highest civil service position at the NIH -- and has been described as America's foremost authority on the thyroid.
Joseph (Ed) Rall, M.D., Ph.D., former deputy director of intramural research at NIH
A member of the National Academy of Science and a leading authority on the thyroid, Ed Rall’s most important role at the National Institutes of Health was to make all the decisions for major funding of scientific research. A passionate but tough researcher not afraid to set high standards, he has catalyzed undergraduate research at North Central, his alma mater, by sponsoring the competitive Rall Symposium, so students across the curriculum can present their work for their peers, teachers, parents ... and leading researchers who keynote the Symposium.