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March 21, 2008

Jakobsen Conference will showcase graduate student work March 28-29

University of Iowa graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines will showcase their work to the community Saturday, March 29 at the Blank Honors Center on the UI campus during the 10th annual Jakobsen Graduate Conference, which takes place March 28-29.

Co-sponsored by the Graduate College and the Graduate Student Senate, the free, public event gives UI graduate students experience presenting their research in a conference-like atmosphere without having to leave home. The conference is the capstone event of Graduate Student Recognition Week, which runs March 24-28.

A record number of graduate students -- more than 130 -- will share their work through poster sessions, presentations, videos and performances. The conference features work by graduate students the humanities, social sciences, education, biological and life sciences, math, physical sciences and engineering.

"The Graduate College is thrilled that the 10th annual Jakobsen Conference will highlight the outstanding research, scholarship and creativity of a record number of students across many disciplines," said Graduate College Dean John Keller. "As demonstrated by our graduate award recipients, Drs. Michael Chasar and Michael Koenigs and Mr. Timothy Flanagan, our students' work is among the best in the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to discover the contributions our graduate students make to the academic community."

The Jakobsen Conference kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28 in Room W10 of the Pappajohn Business Building with refreshments, followed by opening remarks by UI President Sally Mason. D.C. Spriesterspach, dean of the Graduate College from 1965-1989 and UI vice president emeritus for educational development and research, will speak on "The Way It Was: 60 Years of Graduate Excellence at The University of Iowa." The audience will also hear from Michael Koenigs, who earned his doctorate in neuroscience from the UI in 2006 and won the Spriestersbach Prize for his outstanding dissertation in 2007.

The evening will conclude with two presentations by UI graduate students, "A Certain Frission," a digital video by Christopher Renaud, and "Trigger," excerpts from a full-length play by Jennifer Fawcett.

Graduate student research will be featured at the Blank Honors Center from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Humanities and fine arts work will be displayed in Rooms 114 and 214, and along the Fourth Floor Wall; biological and health sciences work in Room 134; math, physical sciences and engineering work in Room 140; and social science and education work in Room 234.

At 11 a.m. March 29, UI Associate Provost Susan Johnson will discuss "Factors Associated with Success as a New Faculty Member," in the South Commons on the third floor of the Blank Honors Center.

The conference concludes the evening of March 29 with a reception, awards ceremony, and two presentations by UI graduate students -- "Abby," a video presentation by Deon Kay, and "Daydreams," a video presentation by Megan Berner -- beginning at 5 p.m. at the Levitt Center.

A complete conference schedule and more information about the graduate students' research are available at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tim Paschkewitz, Graduate Student Senate, 319-335-1994,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,