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Research Live!

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.

2017 Image of Research Winners

1st Place

Laura Adamovicz, "Turtles in Trouble: Applications of Health Assessment for Conservation" (Comparative Biosciences) 

2nd Place

Elizabeth Davis, "Your Brain is Talking Directly to Your Stem Cells" (Neuroscience)

3rd Place

Payel Kundu, "Harnessing Plant Compounds to Promote Healthy Aging" (Neuroscience)

People's Choice

Robby Goldman, "Unearthing the Secrets of Volcanic Eruptions" (Geology)

Stay tuned for videos of the winners and finalists and 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 8, 2017 - Registration opens

October 18, 2017 - Registration closes

October 25-26, 2017 - Preliminary rounds

November 8, 2017 - 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