Jakobsen Memorial Conference


The 20th Annual Jakobsen Memorial Conference

will be held

March 24, 2018 at the Iowa Memorial Union

This Year's Conference Theme:

Mosaics
Inspiring Interdisciplinarity

Art by Claire Whitehurst
Artist Bio: Claire Whitehurst is an artist living and working in Iowa City, Iowa, where she is teaching and pursuing her MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa. She earned her BFA from the University of Mississippi, and a Post Baccalaureate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia, PA. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States, and abroad in France, Germany, Mexico, and Australia. She has permanent public commissioned installations in the Performing Arts Center of Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi, and in St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work explores physical and psychological relationships, and the construction of ambiguous narrative through shape, symbols, color, line, and rhythm. 



Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 conference.

Visit application and guidelines for more information.


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.

Thank you and we'll see you at the conference!

Click here for information on the 2017 conference

Check out our abstract archive from 2003-2016.