Jakobsen Memorial Conference

The 21st Annual Jakobsen Memorial Conference

will be held

March 30, 2019 at the Iowa Memorial Union

This Year's Conference Theme:

Building Competent and Conversant Thinkers

The Jakobsen Conference provides University of Iowa graduate and professional students with an opportunity for professional development and presenting research in a welcoming, interdisciplinary environment.

Why present research at Jakobsen? Good question. Here's why:

  • All graduate and professional student presentations are accepted. If you're new to presenting research, Jakobsen provides an outstanding opportunity to practice presenting research in a non-threatening environment. If you're more experienced, get feedback from students and professors in other disciplines while aiming to win the conference's cash awards.
  • Jakobsen offers cash awards for the best judged papers in each paper category.
  • Jakobsen allows students to present papers already accepted and/or presented at other conferences. Our aim is to highlight the outstanding work of Iowa graduate students.
  • Judged papers can receive feedback from judges, giving you suggestions on how to take your conference paper to the next step. 

Interested in presenting? Submit your paper here. All papers must be submitted by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

This year's conference theme is Developments, highlighting the many intellectual developments happening with graduate student work across the university. In honor of this theme, the 2019 Jakobsen Conference is excited to host a morning of professional development panels ranging from building conferencing skills to navigating job markets after graduation. More details about these panels will be announced soon. 

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.

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!


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