STEM Poster Competition of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference

The Skyway STEM Competition is a poster contest 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 science, technology, engineering, or math-related discipline. See the evaluation grid for explicit judging criteria from 2012 competition. 

The 2019 Competition will held on in April 26 at McHenry County College.


Sample description, rules, and submission: 2019 Skyway STEM Poster Competition


2019 Oakton Deadline

Note: Oakton deadline differs from competition deadline.

March 12, 2019, 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 9, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. CST    Poster and paper due.

April 26, 2019    Competition will be held at McHenry County College, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012. (Contact Gloria Liu at for group travel to the competition site.)

Tentative Agenda
8:15 am – 9:00 am Arrival, set-up, and breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 am – 12:15 pm Judging and workshops (3 rounds)
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch, keynote, and awards


Oakton Skyway STEM Poster Competition (For a complete list of competition winners, visit Skyway Conference STEM Poster Contest)


First Place in Biology: Joshua Stewart
“pH and the Affects on Biofilm Formation with Pseudomonas aeruginosa"
with Dr. Melodie Graber and Dr. Suzanne Ziegenhorn, project advisors


First Place in Biology: Henry Besser and Sandra Szef
“Development of a standardized protocol to reliably test the effect of ginger extract on Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation"
with Dr. Melodie Graber and Dr. Suzanne Ziegenhorn, project advisors

First Place in Engineering, Mathematics and Technology: Mahavish Mahmood, Karolina Klimont, and Lynette Sugattan
“NASA robotics mining”
with Angelo Gero, project advisor


Second Place in Biology: Katherine Pontarolo-Magg
"Investigating Allelopathic Effects of European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) on Aster ericoides, Echinacea purpurea, and Solanum lycopersicum"
with Dr. Paul Gulezian, project advisor

Azher Ghandi and Raphael Codrean
"NASA Robotics Mining"
with Angelo Gero, project advisor


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

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


First Place in Chemistry: Kenneth Gore, Hyun Lee, and Elina Golsteyn
"Preparation and Development of Novel Diaminomaleonitrile-Derived Porpyrazine Photosensitizers"
with Dr. Wade Jarrell, project advisor

2nd Place in Chemistry: Miae Lee, An Lam and Min Ho Lee
"Preparation of Biodiesel Surrogates by Stereoselective Hydrogenation of 3 Alkynoates"
with Dr. Chad Landrie, project advisor

2nd Place in Physical Science, Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics: Hsiang-Yi Tseng
"Environmental Sensor"
with Andrew Roach, project advisor

Tied 1st Place in Life Science and Earth Science: Nicholas Sielski, Leandro Brahimaj, Mariya Radkevich, Razina Hakimiyan
"Development of Three Dimensional Alginate Culture System for A549 Lung Cancer Cell Line"
with Dr. Kalpa Patel, project advisor


3rd Place: Hardik Prajapati & John Kowols
"Microclimate Analysis of Oakton Community College Campus"
with Jeff Moro, project advisor

See Skyway website for all winners of STEM poster competition.