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Research Live!

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners

  • 1st Place - Alex Gagliano, PhD in Astronomy
  • 2nd Place - Tawni Williams, MS in Animal Sciences
  • 3rd Place - Ipshita Upadhyay, PhD in VMS - Pathobiology
  • People's Choice - Adam Nelczyk, PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology


  • Alicia Cabrera-Prado, PhD in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
  • Apurva Godbole, PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Katlin Harris, PhD in Musicology
  • Giavanna McCall, PhD in Educational Psychology
  • Kerry Xu, PhD in Chemistry
  • Azlan Smith, MFA in Creative Writing
  • Jiadi Zhang, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ian Ludden, PhD in Computer Science
  • Meghan Connolly, PhD in Neuroscience


Check out videos from our past competitions on Media Space.

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

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