STEM Poster Competition of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference

NOTICE: Because student participants' access to lab, equipment, and supplies to perform their project is uncertain under the current circumstances, the 2020 Skyway STEM Poster Competition has been CANCELLED.

The Skyway STEM Competition is a poster contest designed for students in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference to participate in STEM-related disciplines. Benefits of participating in a STEM poster competition include receiving feedback to improve your future work, engaging with STEM experts and other students which may lead to future collaborations, and practice communication and presentation skills. 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. For evaluation criteria, see the 2020 Judges' Rating evaluation grid


Sample description, rules, and submission: 2020 Skyway STEM Poster Competition


2020 Deadline

March 11, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. CST    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 before 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 8, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. CST    Poster and paper no longer accepted.

Fri., April 24, 2020    The 2020 Competition has been CANCELLED. The 2020 Competition would have been held at Oakton Community College, 1600 E Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL. (NOTE: Oakton has two campuses. This event is being held at Des Plaines campus.) 

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.