Symposium General Information


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The 29th Annual Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium will be held April 2 - 4, 2020.

The Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium brings together students and faculty from universities in the Big Ten, Big 12 and other conferences to share and discuss their research. The objective of this symposium is to foster discussion, collaboration and fellowship primarily among doctoral students, but also faculty.

We have greatly enjoyed the past symposia and have high expectations for this one in the spring. We hope that your school will participate in the success of next year’s symposium and look forward to welcome you and your colleagues to Lincoln.

Schedule of Events

The symposium starts with an informal welcome reception on Thursday night at the Van Brunt Visitors Center. On Friday, doctoral students will present and discuss their research during the day, and a banquet in the evening. The remaining presentations will be held on Saturday morning. The symposium officially ends at noon on Saturday.

Structure of Presentations

We schedule 16 presentations maximum at the Mittelstaedt & Gentry Doctoral Symposium. Every presenter will be assigned a discussant that has the opportunity to discuss the paper before the floor is opened up to other questions. We encourage you also to send a faculty member to help provide constructive feedback.

Location and Logistics

The symposium is held at Courtyard by Marriott, which is located in the Railyard and within walking distance of the College of Business.

We do ask participants to pay for their rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott ($123/night single or double occupancy); however, we provide all meals on Friday and Saturday. We will coordinate room assignments and make reservations for you at the Courtyard by Marriott, so please do not make a reservation on your own.

Please note that our format limits us to 16 presentations maximum. Therefore, if more than 16 presenters send forms, the later potential presenters will not be accepted.

Student presenters need to have their abstract and a working paper version to us by March 1.


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