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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.

2023 Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Research Live! award winners.


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.