Three students from the School of Music were winners in the arts division of the at the 13th annual James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference on Saturday, March 26, 2011.
Katheryn Lawson, a master’s student in musicology, won first place for her topic, The Female Voice(s) in Ousmane Sembène’s Moolaadé. Kira Horel, doctoral student in conducting (The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: Examining Leitmotifs Associated with the Shire, Hobbits, Frodo and Gollum) and Jessica Kizzire, a doctoral student in musicology, (The Place I’ll Return to Someday: Associations with the Ancient in Final Fantasy IX) tied for third place.
The Jakobsen Conference gives UI graduate students experience presenting their research in a conference-like atmosphere without leaving home. This year, a total of 136 graduate students in arts and research; biological and health sciences; creative works; the humanities; mathematical, physical and engineering sciences; and social sciences and education presented their research.
The James F. Jakobsen Graduate Conference was established in 1998 (known as the Jakobsen Forum at that time) and is a unique University of Iowa event. Through the generous contributions from the Jakobsen Family, Graduate College, and local businesses, Graduate Student Senate is able to bring a local venue in which students can present research and graduate work. The Jakobsen Conference is a local conference, currently only for University of Iowa graduate students, and is entirely run by fellow graduate students in Graduate Student Senate. The conference is held every Spring semester and provides a forum for oral and poster presentations.