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Research Live!

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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 eighth 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.

Important Dates

February 26, 2023 - Deadline for preliminary round submissions. Online submission form closes at 11:59 pm.
March 8-10, 2023 - Participants notified of selection to final round
April 6, 2023 - Finalist Showcase live event & award announcements


The finals judges will determine the winners for the following five prizes: 

  • Grand Prize: $500
  • Design Award: $200
  • Impact Award: $200
  • Storyteller Award: $200
  • Visionary Award: $200

Finalist Showcase audience members will vote for the People's Choice Award:

  • People's Choice: $200

Read our Rules & Regulations for a complete description of the awards and judging criteria.