Undergraduate Research Day


Lewis College Undergraduate Research Day Presentation

Hosted annually by Lewis College of Science and Letters, Undergraduate Research Day showcases research projects, internship experiences, creative projects, and senior capstones from students majoring in programs housed within Lewis College. This experience helps foster professional development and public speaking skills among students, while also offering an opportunity for recognition and resume-boosting via its awards ceremony honoring exemplary student work.

Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Day Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Day competition. The event was held online on May 1, 2020. Lewis College thanks all student presenters for putting together their poster and video projects and sharing this information with the Illinois Tech community. Thank you also to the judges for their time and attention in assessing the students' efforts.

Poster Category

1st place: Ursula Hersh, Allan Bastea
  • Poster #4: "Gentrification and Racial Hierarchy: Health Outcomes in Minority Communities Experiencing Economic Transformation"
2nd place: Alyssa Bragg, Christopher Guo, Ismael Lopez, Aurangzeb Razzaq, Sarah Stephens
  • Poster #6: "Policies on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings"
3rd place: Julia Honda, Virginal Spicknall, Brenda Morin, Madelyn Arroyo, Aminah Ahmed, Ryan Josh Escasa
  • Poster #1: "Narrative style, opinions, and word generation"

Video Category

1st place: Jessalena Lee
  • Video #5: "In-Person & Virtual Reality Training for Emergency Medical Services" 
2nd place: Carrie Kumiega, Guad Gamero, Winnie Guerra, Marlena Cannon, Jessica Weaver, Alicia Villalobos Tovar
  • Video #10: "Terror Management Theory Replication"  
3rd place (tie): Julia Honda, Virginal Spicknall, Brenda Morin, Madelyn Arroyo, Aminah Ahmed, Ryan Josh Escasa 
  • Video #1: "Narrative style, opinions, and word generation"
3rd place (tie): Eric Bartell 
  • Video #3: "Leave Nothing But Footprints: A Game Prototype"


Participating in Research Day

All Lewis College students are highly encouraged to participate in research day. Students can submit abstracts independently or part of a research group. Abstracts are due Friday, April 24, 2020.

Submit your abstract here (You will need to be signed in to your Illinois Tech Google account to complete the form). Abstracts must be 250 words or less.


Posters must be sized correctly—either 24" x 36" or 36" x 48"—and emailed to Prof. Legate in order to be printed at the MTCC post office. Your poster file must be a PDF (not PowerPoint, Word, or any other format) and submitted no later than Friday, April 24 or else you will be responsible for printing your own posters.


New this year, all presenters are encouraged to submit videos about their research along with their abstracts. These videos will be posted on the Lewis College of Science and Letters and departmental web sites.

Videos can be formatted in several ways, including (but not limited to):

  • Describing the content of your poster while standing in front of it
  • Displaying slides while narrating them
  • Conveying information about your project to the camera without any visual aids

Students should consider answering the following questions in their videos:

  • What is the underlying issue, problem, or concern that your research, internship, or project addresses?
  • What methodological approach did you employ and why?
  • What are 1-2 challenges that you faced when engaging in this project?
  • Were there any unexpected findings or outcomes from your project?
  • What is the most significant contribution of your project?
  • What sparked your interest in this topic?


  • Videos should be approximately 2-3 minutes in length.
  • Presenters should dress professionally; i.e. as you would dress on Research Day itself.
  • If using a cell phone to record the video, footage should be shot horizontally.
  • There are no limits to the number of presenters in the video if the project has multiple authors.
  • Do not use any copyrighted materials without giving proper credit.
  • Complete a media release form when you submit your video (You will need to be signed in to your Illinois Tech Google account to complete the form).
  • Be creative and have fun!

All videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges prior to Research Day and an award will be given to the best video at the event.

Video submissions are due Friday, April 17, 2020. Videos can be submitted here with your abstract.


Students should contact the research day faculty advisor in their departments with any abstract questions.

Questions concerning research videos (formatting, use of logos and images, etc.) can be directed to Linsey Maughan.