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April 14, 2004

UI Graduate Students Win Research Presentation Awards

Five University of Iowa graduate students were named the top presenters among more than 100 students whose research and creative work was showcased at the 6th annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Forum March 26 and 27 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The forum, co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate College, gives graduate students an opportunity to hone their research presentation skills in a conference-like setting without incurring travel expenses.

Faculty juries selected top presenters in each of five divisions: Fine and Performing Arts, Biological and Health Sciences, Humanities, Math, Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Social sciences and Education. More than 100 people attended the presentations and performances over the course of the forum.

"Sharing research with your peers and the community is a vital aspect of graduate education. The Jakobsen Forum provides the University of Iowa graduate students just such a venue to present their work and insights," said John Keller, dean of the Graduate College. "The Graduate Student Senate did a tremendous job in making this year's event another great success. Their efforts truly enhance the quality of the graduate student experience here at the UI."

Through the support of the Graduate College, winners in each division received awards totaling $6,000. The winning entries in each division are:

Fine and Performing Arts: Malinda Theisman, Painting, "Things are not as they seem"

Biological and Health Sciences: Elisa Na, Psychology, "The role of the nucleus accumbens in enhanced salt appetite"

Humanities: Kurt Rahmlow, Art History, "A temple in which living pillars sometimes emit confused words: Edward Steichen's The Pond Moonrise (1904) and the Symbolist Aesthetic"

Social Sciences and Education: Kimberly Nylen, Psychology, "Expectations about Parenthood"

Math, Physical and Engineering Sciences: Sarah Vigmostad, Biomedical Engineering, "Hemodynamics in Stented Human Coronary Arteries with Implications to Restenosis"

In 2001, the Graduate Student Senate renamed the Graduate Forum in honor of James F. Jakobsen, associate dean emeritus of the Graduate College. The Senate wanted to celebrate his long-standing commitment to the group and to graduate student education. Jakobsen served as associate dean from 1968 until his retirement in 1998.

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