Jakobsen Memorial Conference 2017 (Archived)

The 19th Annual Jakobsen Memorial Conference

was held

March 25, 2017 at the Iowa Memorial Union

Theme: Trends and Transformations

Click here for the 2017 Conference Program!


Congratulations to the 2017 Jakobsen Winners!

Biological and Health Sciences

  1. Wisam Al Bakri
  2. Ernane Souza
  3. Stephanie Alberico

Gender, Women's, Sexuality Studies

  1. Heidi Renee Aijala
  2. Mayela Zambrano
  3. Michelle Colpean


  1. Kate Nesbit
  2. David Redmond
  3. Patrick Bigsby

Math, Physical Sciences, Engineering

  1. Johanna Uthoff
  2. Kirsten Stoner
  3. Ashini Jayasinghe

Social Sciences & Education

  1. Volha Kananovich
  2. Arianna Rigon
  3. Zoraida Oyola Rebaza

Oral presentation abstracts: Session 1 || Session 2 || Session 3
Poster session abstracts: Poster Session


Art by Abbey Blake. Artist Bio


The James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference was established in 1998 (known at that time as the Jakobsen Forum) and is an event unique to the University of Iowa. Thanks to generous contributions from the Jakobsen family, the Graduate College, and local businesses, the Graduate Student Senate is once again able to provide this exciting opportunity for graduate students to present their research.

Held each Spring semester, the Jakobsen Conference provides a well-attended public forum for oral and poster presentations. The Jakobsen committee has experienced yearly growth in Conference participation and attendance, and we anticipate the same trend for the future.

Browse the pages on the left for more detailed conference information. The conference committee welcomes any questions or concerns you may have.

Click here for last year's program

See a list of last year's winners: here

Check out our abstract archive from 2003-2016.