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.

Katheryn Lawson

Katheryn Lawson
Home State: 
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Volunteering, fitness, gluten-free cooking, making jewelry, being outside, trying new things, and spending time with friends and family.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Thai Flavors
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
As a graduate student at Iowa, I've been challenged to learn how to combine and negotiate between my varied interests.
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
University of Iowa
Previous Degree [2]: 
B. A.
Degree [2] Area of Study: 
B.M., Music
Degree [2] Institution Name: 
University of Iowa
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
M. A.
Area of Specialty: 
Brief thesis project description: 
I plan to research the intersection(s) between war culture and child culture in WWI American music.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
(have not established this yet)
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
My role models growing up were graduate degree holders, and they always helped foster a love of learning, writing, reading, and researching from the beginning. I've always had an interest in being a college professor, and the experiences, growth, and intellectual challenges provided by graduate school are an important step toward that goal.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
I chose the University of Iowa because I was given the opportunity to teach while I gained a solid, broad base of knowledge in musicology. I knew that our program would prepare me for the real world, and for a rigorous Ph.D. program.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I plan on continuing my education, earning my Ph.D. Eventually, I plan on becoming a college professor, and a contributing member of academia. I am also interested in editing and publishing.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
My time at Iowa has provided me with a number of skills, among them teaching, researching, writing, and tutoring. My experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student at Iowa have provided me with a variety and depth of knowledge that will make me adaptable to whatever tasks may await me as a researcher, writer, and teacher.
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
I enjoyed how interdisciplinary the conference was--my panel featured speakers from a number of different departments, and it was great to hear such a diverse range of research. I also enjoyed the accomodations. I notified Stef Shuster of my food allergies, and they were kind enough to provide me an alternate lunch! It really made my day.