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Research Live!


Attention University of Illinois graduate students! You're engaged in fascinating, ground-breaking research. Your archival work, ethnographies, and textual analysis are transformative. You can analyze a data set like nobody's business. You design, choreograph, sculpt, compose, and create works that can change the world.

But can you get a general audience interested and excited about what you do in only 3 minutes?

That's the challenge offered by Research Live!. Now in its fifth year, Research Live! asks graduate students from all disciplines to celebrate their work and hone their presentation skills by giving a compelling 3-minute research talk.

So if you are a graduate student at Illinois, take the challenge and sign up for Research Live!

Check out videos from our past competitions on Media Space.

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 30, 2019 - Registration closes

October 7-8, 2019 - Preliminary rounds

October 22, 2019 - Final round & announcement of winner


Communication Essentials: Preparing Effective Public Presentations
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Thursday, September 19
Coble Hall 304

Revving up for Research Live!
Practice your presentation before prelims
3:00 - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, October 2
Coble Hall 304


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