James F. Jakobsen Award Winner Spotlights, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Conference Winners!

At the 13th Annual James F. Jakobsen Conference, the following University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Students won awards for their graduate work. Please browse their profiles and get to know winners a little better.

Adam J. Case

Adam J. Case
Home State: 
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Volunteering at the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, Hiking and Camping, Soccer
Who is your most significant mentor?: 
Research: Dr. Frederick Domann has been quintessential in the development of my thesis as well as research background. Clinical: Dr. Patch Adams has influenced my clinical base of practicing medicine
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
The time constraints of completing a thesis as well as numerous publications in a short period of time is a significant undertaking, which required many long nights and early mornings. This is a significant challenge of all graduate students, but the achievement of a PhD completely outweighs the means.
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. S.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
The University of Iowa
Free Radical & Radiation Biology
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
UI Ph. D. Graduate
Area of Specialty: 
Brief thesis project description: 
I studied the role of endogenous antioxidant enzymes and the role they play in the development of the mammalian hematopoietic system.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
Dr. Frederick Domann
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
I always had a passion for research as well as clinical medicine. The idea of bench to bedside medicine always intrigued me.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
The main reason would be my graduate advisor. My recommendation to all potential graduate students is find a mentor that fits your personality because it will determine your entire career.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I am now seeking a location to finish my clinical education, so that I may pursue my goals of clinical translational medicine.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
My education at Iowa has provided me the opportunity to earn grants, publications, and awards. These have placed me as a very competitive researcher for jobs and positions in the future.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
2007, Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Defense
Significant Honors [2]: 
2008, Young Investigator Award, Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine
Significant Honors [3]: 
2010, Travel Award, Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine
Significant Honors [4]: 
2010, Clinical Translational Research Award, Carver College of Medicine
Significant Honors [5]: 
2008, Outstanding Individual Community Service Award, Carver College of Medicine
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
The ability to observe both undergraduate as well as graduate research in areas I am not usually exposed to at The University of Iowa.