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Congratulations to Our Winners!

1st Place: Tim Yang, “On the Road to Self-Driving... Drivers?” (Kinesiology)
2nd Place: Gabriel Piqué, “The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble: Exploring Old Works in A New Format” (Music)
3rd Place: Dhawal Thakare, “Self-Healing Coatings: The Future of Smart Materials” (Mechanical Science & Engineering)
People's Choice: Kelly Clary, “Reducing Drug Use Among Emerging Adult Veterans” (Social Work)

October 23, 2018

Stage 5 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Competition begins at 4:00 pm

A reception will follow with music from School of Music graduate students, people’s choice award voting, and announcement of the winners.


  • Kelly Clary, Social Work
  • Parinaz Fathi, Bioengineering
  • Hope Holland, Psychology
  • Belinda Pacheco Johnson, Chemistry
  • Collin Kaufman, Neuroscience
  • Junghwan Kim, Geography
  • Aditya Kumar, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Lee Ann Lyons, Pathobiology
  • Gabriel Piqué, Music
  • Jennifer Leigh Sears Scheier, Theatre
  • Whitney Sinclair, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dhawal Thakare, Mechanical Science & Engineering
  • Tim Yang, Kinesiology

Finals Judges

Laura Adamovicz is a veterinarian and PhD candidate in epidemiology with the Comparative Biosciences department. She was the 2017 winner of Research Live! for her presentation entitled “Turtles in Trouble: Applications of Health Assessment for Conservation.” Her research involves modeling health in sympatric populations of reptiles and amphibians to promote the development of effective conservation strategies for free-living herptiles.
Kate McDowell is Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching storytelling since 2007, helping graduate professional students explore how their stories can help them succeed. She is also the storytelling consultant to campus-level Advancement at the University of Illinois. Her workshops for nonprofits bring together the tools of storytelling with many areas, including fundraising, career preparation, business, and public service.  Her current research project is on Storytelling at Work, and she is working on a book called Storytelling Thinking for Professionals.
Isabel Molina-Guzmán is an Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Media and Cinema Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work critically analyzes the representations of marginalized groups in both traditional and digital media forms. With a focus on US Latinas/Latinos, she maps out how ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and citizenship work together – shaping media discourses and framing public perceptions, political attitudes and policy-making. Her book, Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media, illustrates how US media economically benefit from the commodification of racialized women’s bodies and play a significant role in shaping contemporary public perception of Latinas/Latinos. Her publication “Latina Wisdom in “Post-Race” Recession Media” appears in the critically acclaimed collection Gendering the Recession.
Eric Schauber is the Director of the Prairie Research Institute’s Illinois Natural History Survey. At Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Schauber was a wildlife ecologist in the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory and a Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Zoology. He earned a PhD in ecology from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University, and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Massachusetts. Schauber’s research tackles a broad suite of questions mainly centered around populations of mammals. One main focus of Schauber’s research has been studying contacts within and between social groups of white-tailed deer, and using that information to understand and manage how diseases spread in the deer population.
John Wilkin assumed the position of Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. In addition, he served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Designate at Illinois from February 2017 through January 2018. Previously, Wilkin served as Executive Director, HathiTrust and Associate University Librarian for Publishing and Technology; Interim Co-University Librarian; Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology and Technical and Access Services; Head of the Digital Library Production Service; Head of the Humanities Text Initiative; and Data Services Librarian and English Selector at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also spent two years at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville as their Systems Librarian for Information Services.

Steve Witmer is Director of the News Bureau in the Office of Public Affairs, leading a team of editors and photographers that employ a variety of platforms to highlight campus innovations and achievements. The News Bureau also works with faculty members and staff to prepare for potential news media interviews, with an emphasis on messaging and presentation skills. He joined the News Bureau after nearly two decades in media relations for two Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor for the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star newspaper.


First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $200
Third Prize: $150
People’s Choice: $100