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Research Live!

A view of the CIF Atrium

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 opportunity offered by Research Live! Now in its ninth year, Research Live! invites 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, sign up for Research Live! and share your passion!

Register for Research Live!

Check out videos from our past competitions on Media Space.

2024 Important Dates

February 26: Preliminary Round Submission Deadline

April 2: Research Live! Finalist Showcase Event
Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.
Campus Instructional Facility


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.