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Research Live!

Watch Ritu Raman's First Place Presentation

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3 Minutes - 2 Slides - 1 Graduate Student

The results are in! After a fun and exciting competition, our judges took on a difficult task and chose 4 winners while the audience listened, learned, and got to choose their favorite!
Special thanks to the faculty and staff from across campus who served as judges for the preliminary and final rounds of the competition. Watch the videos of all the final presentations here.

First Place

Ritu Raman, Mechanical Engineering, "Bio-Bots: Building Beyond Biology"

Second Place

Janelle Mapes, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, "What Makes Breast Cancer Cells Grow?"

Third Place: (tie)

Christina Bronson-Lowe, Speech & Hearing Science, "Complexity and oral motor learning: a path to better treatment of swallowing disorders?"

S.K. (Kayleigh) Van Poolen, Library & Information Science, "Started with a Hurricane Named Katrina"

People’s Choice

Vaibhav Karve, Mathematics, "Recognizing patterns in New York taxi traffic"

To learn more about the winners, visit this page. And stay tuned for news about next year's competition.

Interested in more of the Research Live! story? Learn more about the competition. Check out the #ILLINOISResearchLive hashtag on twitter and Instagram.

Important Dates

September 15, 2016 - Registration opens

October 26, 2016 - Registration closes

November 1-2, 2016 - Preliminary rounds

November 15, 2016 - Final round & announcement of winner


A panel of judges will award three prizes in the final round. Audience members will vote for the People's Choice Award:

  • First prize: $300
  • Second prize: $200
  • Third prize: $150
  • People's Choice: $100