Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium

Due to on-going precautions for Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel this year’s 29th Annual Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium. Although this decision was difficult to make, we feel it is the responsible decision to protect the health of our friends, colleagues, and community members across the United States.

Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium


Symposium Details

If I were there I would be saying that the word "symposium" comes from the Greek word "symposion" which, in turn, derives from the Greek verb "sympeninein" which means to drink together. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines symposium as "a convivial party with music and conversation" or "a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas." While the music may be in short supply, I trust that all of you – and especially those of you for whom this is your first time at a meeting like this – find this symposium both intellectually stimulating and socially rewarding.  

Robert Mittlestaedt
- Robert Mittelstaedt

Each spring, the Department of Marketing at Nebraska hosts the Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium. Modeled after the Haring Symposium held annually at Indiana University, participant schools send representatives to Lincoln for a two-day Symposium emphasizing dissertation research.

Participant schools include the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of Cincinnati, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Utah, the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Wyoming, Washington State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Symposium starts with a welcome reception at the Van Brunt Visitors Center. All day Friday and Saturday morning, presentations of dissertation research are made by doctoral students, followed by comments from doctoral discussants and then by discussion from the audience as a whole. Friday evening there is a banquet, and the Symposium ends with lunch on Saturday. Participant schools are asked to pay for transportation to and from Lincoln and for lodging at the Courtyard by Marriott. The Department of Marketing covers the cost of the meals and the Symposium proceedings. There is no registration fee.

Future Symposiums

April 2-4, 2020
April 1 – 3, 2021
March 31 – April 2, 2022
March 30 – April 1, 2023
March 28 – 30, 2024
April 3 – 5, 2025
April 2 – 4, 2026
April 1 – 3, 2027


Mittelstaedt Contacts
Program Coordinator Dr. Blake Runnalls.
For additional questions email: or phone 402-472-2316.