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Congratulations 2019 Research Live! Winners

The 2019 Research Live! winners.

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 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 Tuesday, October 22 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The winners are:

Rebecca Andrus, "Can We Reinvent the Toilet" (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Lucas Buccafusca, "The Tragedy of the Wind Turbine" (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering)

Mary Lyons, "In an Era of Academic Rigor, Play in Kindergarten" (Curriculum and Instruction)

Sana Saboowala, "Investigating the Biological Effects of Historical Trauma in South Asia" (Integrative Biology) 


2019 Research Live! Finalists

(The 2019 Research Live! finalists.)

2019 Research Live! Saxophone Quartet2018 Research Live! Judges

(L to R: The Illinois Graduate Student Saxophone Quartet performs; Judges listen carefully to the finalists)


2018 Research Live! online student presentation2019 Research Live! 3rd Place Winner Mary Lyons with students

(L to R: Magen Rooney from the Illinois College of Education presents remotely; Third Place winner Mary Lyons from Curriculum and Instruction poses with her students.)

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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