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Congratulations to the 2018 Research Live! Winners


2018 Research Live! Finalists

(The 2018 Research Live! finalists.)

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Research Live! competition.

Research LIve! is a fun, fast-paced competiton that celebrates the research of graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thirteen finalists competed in the public round of Research Live! on Thursday, October 23 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The winners are:


Tim Yang (Kinesiology) - “On the Road to Self-Driving... Drivers?”


Gabriel Piqué (Music) - “The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble: Exploring Old Works in A New Format”


Dhawal Thakare (Mechanical Science & Engineering) - “Self-Healing Coatings: The Future of Smart Materials”


Kelly Clary (Social Work) - “Creating Tailored Interventions for Emerging Adults with High Risk Substance Use Behaviors

2018 Research Live! Winners with Dean Chodzko-Zajko

(The 2018 Research Live! winners.)

To learn more about Research Live! visit the Graduate College website at

Research Live! is part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week,

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2018 Research Live! Volunteer Meera Zukosky2018 Research Live! Judges

2018 Research Live! Audience2018 Research Live! Emcee Ashlie M. Santaliz-Casiano

(L to R: Meera Kukosky greets guests; the judges; an engaged audience applauds the presenters; emcee Ashlie Santaliz Casiano)