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STEM Poster Competition of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference

The Skyway STEM Competition is a poster contesIllinois Skyway Collegiate Conference logot designed for students in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference to participate in STEM related disciplines. Projects will be evaluated on the student’s ability to use the process of science, as well as rational and logical thinking to answer a question related to a STEM discipline. The poster must pose a question and/or use knowledge gained through the scientific process to address the problem or question. Posters must be in a science, technology, engineering, or math related discipline. See the evaluation grid for explicit judging criteria from 2012 competition. 

The 2015 Competition will held on Friday April 17th, 2015 at Prairie State College, 202 S Halsted St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.



2014 Skyway STEM Poster Competition description, rules, and submission


Oakton 2016 Deadlines

March 2, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. CST    Oakton Students submit competition application and abstract online.

Oakton submits up to 10 projects to represent the institution. Oakton students will be informed if your project has been selected among the ten. Students should use the time between February 2 and March 27 to complete your research and project, create a poster according to the rules and rubric and prepare a paper to explain your work.

April 6, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. CST    Poster and paper due.

April 22, 2016    Competition will be held at Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554. (Contact Gloria Liu at for group travel to competition site.)

Tentative Agenda
Arrival, set-up, and breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
Judging and workshops (3 rounds) 10:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Lunch and awards 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.


2015 Skyway STEM Poster Competition


Katherine Pontarolo-Magg - "Investigating Allelopathic Effects of European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) on Aster ericoides, Echinacea purpurea, and Solanum lycopersicum" - Second Place in Biology

Azher Ghandi and Raphael Codrean - "NASA Robotics Mining"

2014 Skyway STEM Poster Competition Winners


Ammar Elmajdoub and Julia Prieto - "The Allelopathic Effects of the shrub Rhamnus cathartica" -  First Place in Biology
with Dr. Paul Gulezian, Dr. Chad Landrie, and Dr. Gary Mines as project advisors


Inamullah Sharif and Mahavish Mahmood - "Lunabotics Excavation" - Third Place in Engineering
with Angelo Gero as project advisor

For a complete list, visit Skyway Conference STEM Poster Contest

2013 Skyway STEM Poster Competition Winners


1st Place
Preparation and Development of Novel Diaminomaleonitrile-Derived Porpyrazine Photosensitizers
Oakton Community College
Kenneth Gore, Hyun Lee, and Elina Golsteyn

2nd Place
Preparation of Biodiesel Surrogates by Stereoselective Hydrogenation of 3 Alkynoates
Oakton Community College
Miae Lee, An Lam and Min Ho Lee

3rd Place
The Reactions of Sucralose in the Presence of Emulsifiers
McHenry County College
Alejandra Hernandez


1st Place
Lovie Smith, NFL and Separating Hyperplanes (Mathematics)
Prairie State College
Timothy Colin Dannels

2nd Place
Environmental Sensor (Engineering)
Oakton Community College
Hsiang-Yi Tseng

3rd Place
The Effects of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Interactions on Melting (Physical Science)
Moraine Valley Community College
Matt Dixon, Leah Stankus, Sara Dunn, David Dunn


Tie 1st Place
Development of Three Dimensional Alginate Culture System for A549 Lung Cancer Cell Line Oakton Community College
Nicholas Sielski, Leandro Brahimaj, Mariya Radkevich, Razina Hakimiyan

Tie 1st Place
Microarray Comparisons of Male and Female Brains
Prairie State College
Vikki Jones

2nd Place
Extinguishing Your Heartburn or Your Wallet?
Waubonsee Community College
Jonathan Richards

3rd Place
Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing in Staphylococcus aureus isolates from McHenry County College Employees
McHenry County College
Patricia Kusek and Tara Nathan


2012 Skyway STEM Poster Competition Winners

1st Place
Herbal Remedies: Using The Scientific Method To Uncover Truth In The Myth
Waubonsee Community College
Melissa Walker

2nd Place
Bird Size vs. Seed Size
Waubonsee Community College
Lisa Booker

3rd Place
Vermicompost: Eisenia fetida vs. Lumbricus terrestris
Waubonsee Community College
Katheryn E. Billing


1st Place
Mastodont Envionments?:  Answers beneath the surface
Waubonsee Community College
Hannah Dorn

2nd Place
Bottoms Up: Safety and Health awareness against human pathogen residue during toilet use
Moraine Valley Community College
Carla McLaurin, Kalem Elam, & Melissa Beltran

3rd Place
Can a Common Food Additive Assist Coastal Communities During Environmental Disasters?
Moraine Valley Community College
Ashley Morris & Tiwana S. Morrison


1st Place
Sparking Simplicity: Constructing and Testing the Effects of Several Variables on the Performance of Lord Kelvin’s Water Generator
Moraine Valley Community College
Alexander Papak, Ivan Chow, Johnson Chan, Kyriakos Anastasopoulos, Patrycja Guza, & Rohail Kidwai

2nd Place
How Do You Improve Video Streaming Performance?
College of Lake County
Lori Brandon

3rd Place
Microclimate Analysis of Oakton Community College Campus
Oakton Community College
Hardik Prajapati & John Kowols

Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in the McHenry County College Biology Student Population
McHenry County College
Carla Scholpp & Dave Degrassi

See Skyway website for winners of 2011 STEM poster competition.

Contact STEM

Joe Kotowski
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
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