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A digital marketing analyst from Chicago's Uptown neighborhood has been chosen as the Museum of Science and Industry's second "Month at the Museum" winner.
Keith Byrne, 33, was announced as the museum contest's winner Wednesday, after he was chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 entries who answered the museum's call for participants in its second-annual contest. Byrne will live in the museum 24 hours a day for 30 days beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19. He will receive a $10,000 prize for his time.
According to his contest profile, Byrne is an alumnus of both the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and Northwestern University in Evanston. He is trained in circus arts, biked across the country alone and spent two months in the Virginian mountains, studying red-backed salamanders.
"I am excited about pouring myself into science 100 percent, 24/7, living and breathing science," Bryne said after learning of his win, according to NBC 5. "I think it's rare that an adult gets to dedicate themselves to something that they find something so fascinating, so I'm ready. I'm really excited."
Last year's inaugural "Month at the Museum" winner was Kate McGroarty.
WATCH Byrne's original audition video below:
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