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.

Daniel Faltesek

Daniel Faltesek
Hometown: 
Plymouth
Home State: 
Minnesota
Home Country: 
United States
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
My family
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Donnelly's
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
I had to relearn study skills after time away from school
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Communication Studies
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
Concordia College
Department: 
Communication Studies
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
Ph. D.
Area of Specialty: 
Media Studies
Brief thesis project description: 
I work on the digital transition in American television.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
Tim Havens
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
I was interested in working with emerging media.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
Iowa has a fantastic program in Communication Studies and specialists in my area of study.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I would like to work as a professor, or if not that I would be interested in running a television network.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
I have learned skills and made connections that will enrich my research for years to come.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
The Douglas Ehninger Teaching Award
Significant Honors [2]: 
The Samuel L. Becker Award for Research in Media Studies
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
2011
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
Meeting other graduate students in diverse fields with similar interests.

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