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Congratulations to the Winners of the Research Live! Competition

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Research Live! competition.

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"

Sixty-three graduate students competed in the preliminary round of the event. Of those, fourteen graduate students presented their scholarly work in 3 minutes using only 2 slides in the final round of Research Live! on Tuesday, November 15 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Audience members learned about brain therapies, traffic patterns, biobots, autism, and many more topics that are the focus of graduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fourteen graduate students participated in the Research Live! finals on November 15.

“This event is one of my favorites of the year,” Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, dean of the Graduate College, said. “It showcases the incredible and diverse work that our Graduate Students do on campus, in a dynamic and engaging setting.”

Special thanks to the faculty and staff from across campus who served as judges for the preliminary and final rounds of the competition.

Interested in more of the Research Live! story? Learn more about the competition. Check out the #ILLINOISResearchLive hashtag on twitter and Instagram. Videos of the final presentations will be available online.