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.

Hsin-I Sydney Yueh

Hsin-I Sydney Yueh
Home Country: 
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Food, travel, TV, and zumba.
Who is your most significant mentor?: 
Kristine Munoz
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
Knowing how to handle balancing research and teaching is a challenge.
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
National Taiwan University
Previous Degree [2]: 
M. A.
Degree [2] Area of Study: 
East Asian Studies
Degree [2] Institution Name: 
University of Pittsburgh
Communication Studies
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
Ph. D.
Area of Specialty: 
Gender and Communication
Brief thesis project description: 
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
Kristine Munoz
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
I am interested in working in academia.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
The program grants me teaching assistantship.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
I would like to be a professor in Communication Studies.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
I have worked with excellent professors and colleagues to finish my project.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
• T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Iowa
Significant Honors [2]: 
• Graduate Dissertation Grant, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Iowa
Significant Honors [3]: 
• Best Paper Award, The Seventeenth Annual Conference North American Taiwan Studies Association
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
Meeting other graduate students outside of my field; listening to a variety of presentations.