Skip to main content

For information related to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit:

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 sixth edition, 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.



Check out videos from our past competitions on Media Space.

Interested in more of the Research Live! story? Check out the #ILLINOISResearchLive hashtag on twitter and Instagram.


Important Dates

Enter now!

March 5, 2021
Preliminary round deadline - enter by 5 pm Central!

April 12, 2021
Finalist showcase event & announcement of winners
Begins at 5:00 pm


Inclusive and Accessible Communication
12:00 - 1:00 pm, February 23

Talking About Your Research
12:00 - 1:00 pm, February, 24


A panel of judges will award three prizes in the final round. Finals audience members will vote for the People's Choice Award:

  • First prize: $300
  • Second prize: $200
  • Third prize: $150
  • People's Choice: $100