Jakobsen Conference - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each poster presenter will be provided with a corked board and push-pins. The Poster boards are 4' H x 6' W (48" H x 72" W). There is no size requirement for your poster, but please keep the board dimensions in mind when printing.
  • Yes. There is no copyright put on any materials submitted for the Jakobsen Conference. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to reward excellent graduate work at The University of Iowa, to provide a non-threatening environment to share ideas with fellow students, and to provide an experience to better prepare graduate students for professional presentations.
  • Yes, but only one can be eligible to be judged. Please CLEARLY indicate which submission you wanted judged.
  • If you choose to have your submission judged, it will be judged prior to the conference by three faculty judges. We will make every attempt to route your anonymous submission to at least one judge in your area. Fellow graduate students will have the opportunity to provide you with feedback on your presentation on the day of the conference. All scores will be transformed into z-scores to minimize any potential bias between judges and to make the scores as fair and meaningful as possible without asking each judge to read every submission in their division (we would never get them to volunteer their time again!).
  • No, the electronic papers are not returned to you. However, the score sheets that the judges fill out have sections for comments. The score sheets contain comment sections for each scoring section. We encourage faculty to write comments as they review submissions. The comments are separated from the scores and returned to the students after the Conference. The papers are not returned per se, but you will get any comments from judges back.
  • Yes, we have a few examples that are available for download. We have asked previous 1st place Division winners to provide us with a copy of what they submitted. The files are meant for your information only and are only to be used as a guide.
  • If you enjoy the conference as much as the organizers, you can help us out by telling your friends and family. While only University of Iowa Graduate Students are allowed to submit and present at the conference, we encourage active participation by undergraduates, parents, friends, and the community. Some publicity items are available in the downloads section. Feel free to download, print, send, and display them! Getting the word out is always a challenge.
  • If you choose to have your submission judged (qualifies you to win a monetary award from the Graduate College), then you must submit a written report/artist's statement. If you do not wish to have your work judged, then you are only required to submit an electronic abstract.
  • Childcare assistance, provided by the UI Family Services Office, is available for the Jakobsen Conference.  Please see the links below for more.