If you created it or discovered it, you can share it at RISE.
RISE is a chance to:
- Share game-changing innovation, path-breaking scholarship, world-shaping creativity, and your entrepreneurial spirit
- Connect with thinkers, doers, creators, and impact makers from across the disciplines and around the world
- Celebrate the best of Northeastern
Exposure = Opportunity
Discover a new idea
Secure funding to bring your idea to life
Gain insight into your field and the forces shaping it
Find future friends and colleagues
Present at RISE: Experience the Advantages of Exposure
Instructions for Presenters
RISE will utilize a unified software platform for a seamless experience from abstract submission to event hosting to judge engagement
The RISE:2021 Virtual Expo platform is now open and accepting abstract submissions. Abstracts must be for work completed while at Northeastern and during the past year.
Please navigate to the Presenter tab of the RISE:2021 Virtual Expo platform and “Create a New Account.” From there, we’ll ask you to complete a brief profile of you (and any collaborators). Then, follow the steps to share your abstract of 250 words.
In the profile, we’ll ask student presenters to share basic biographical information, project information, as well a nice photo of yourself and a link to a personal site or LinkedIn.
For student projects with more than one presenter, you will need to “ADD COLLABORATORS” within the portal and share the relevant profile information of your collaborators. For group projects, we ask that only one abstract be submitted — do not enter it multiple times under different student profiles.
You can edit and save your submission prior to submission; however, once it is submitted, you will not be able to make changes until after your abstract has been reviewed.
Faculty sharing work will create a similar profile utilizing the same RISE:2021 Virtual Expo platform entrance here.
The abstract is a short summary describing the nature, purpose, and impact of your RISE presentation
- Abstracts for student presentations and faculty works will be collected through our RISE:2021 Virtual Expo software platform.
- For group projects, please only submit one abstract.
- A presenter may be the “main author” of two abstracts, at a maximum. This is because RISE includes two live Q&A sessions, and you will need to attend the live Q&A for each of your presentations.
- Maximum length – 250 words.
- For a short discussion of how to write an abstract, please click here. For a more detailed discussion of the same topic, please see the recording of our February 4, 2021 “All About RISE and Writing a Project Abstract” information session. The recording can be accessed here; when prompted, please enter NortheasternRISE21! as the password.
- Submit by March 8, 2021.
Review and Approval
- Once submitted, your abstract will be reviewed for human/animal subjects, intellectual property, and editorial content.
- You’ll be able to see reviewer comments, questions, and approval decisions through the platform.
Submit an abstract even if you are still completing your project. Write with the information you have and outline expected findings.
Learning happens everywhere
SAIL (Self-Authored Integrated Learning) is Northeastern’s framework for helping you:
- Capture the learning you do across the contexts of your life.
- Make the most use of your personal qualities and transferable skills.
SAIL and RISE
When presenting at RISE, you engage in skills like design thinking, systems thinking, advocacy, negotiation, and self-control. You also have experiences that employ help-seeking, comfort with ambiguity, humility, empathy, collaboration and teamwork, leadership, and ethical reasoning.
These are just some of the many skills and qualities in the SAIL framework that help you understand and articulate not only the product of your RISE research, but also the process of your RISE experience and how it prepares you for the future. The purpose of SAIL is to help you capture this learning as it occurs, and to help you identify and communicate your transferable skills.
RISE helps you learn how to communicate your research to the world.
SAIL helps you communicate how the experience contributed to your development as a researcher, innovator, scholar, and whole person.
Watch this short video on how to incorporate RISE into your SAIL timeline.
There are three award categories at RISE
RISE Awards are presented to those showing excellence in Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship.
Research – $2,000 awarded for methodological and procedural excellence in exploration, creation, and study
Innovation – $2,000 awarded for the discovery of novel and revolutionary inventions, processes, ways of thinking, ways of seeing
Scholarship – $2,000 awarded for an academic breakthrough in a particular field
Entrepreneurship – $2,000 awarded to the presentation with the greatest entrepreneurial potential
People’s Choice – $1,500 awarded to the presentation receiving the most votes from RISE attendees
Outstanding Research and Creative Endeavor Awards
Outstanding Research Awards are given to one undergraduate and one graduate in each of the following categories:
- Computer and Information Sciences
- Engineering and Technology
- Health Sciences
- Humanities and Arts
- Interdisciplinary Topics, Centers and Institutes
- Physical and Life Sciences
- Social Sciences, Business and Law
Focus Awards “focus” attention on particular aspects of RISE participation. They recognize and reward specialized excellence. You apply for FOCUS awards when you upload your presentation for RISE.
When you’re ready to upload your presentation, consider which award category your project might fit into it. You can only ask that your project be considered for one Focus Award, so think seriously about where your work fits best. Visit the Awards page to learn more.
We are providing a template and instructions for those whose abstracts have been approved to prepare RISE presentations optimized for our virtual event.
To take advantage of all the unique opportunities provided by virtual connections, we’re asking presenters to share a brief, 3-minute long video voiceover presentation about their work (sounds more complicated than it is; see the next tab for a complete guide).
Judges, peers, sponsors and folks from around the world will be able to view your presentation on demand the week prior to LIVE RISE. On the day of RISE, you’ll connect with audiences from around the world for a live video and text chat Question and Answer period.
Here are some important instructions and tips for using the RISE presentation template:
Please put together a PowerPoint slideshow using the RISE presentation template. (You can access PowerPoint through Northeastern’s Office365 subscription.) Watch our overview of the RISE presentation template for more information on your slideshow’s content and how to present your project most effectively. Do not add or remove slides.
A good motto is, “Less Text, More Images”: In preparing your slides, please include an appropriate visual image on each slide and avoid extensive text. Your slides should complement your oral remarks, not recapitulate every point that you wish to make in the presentation.
Check out this video for a full overview of the RISE Presentation Template. The video’s password is NortheasternRISE2021!
If the past year has taught us anything, it is that there’s a big difference between being there in person and presenting on the small screen.
To help you as you move through your life and career, we’ve designed a presentation template explicitly for the digital age, where you can practice connecting over the internet. The presentation will be a brief, 3-minute long video voiced-over presentation about your work (sounds more complicated than it is!), complemented by live video face-to-face conversations with folks from around the world on the day of RISE.
Here’s some provide guidance–a brief video as well as a step-by-step guide–for making a concise, high-impact, born-digital presentation for Virtual RISE.
1. INSTRUCTIONS for the VISUAL CONTENT
USE THE TEMPLATE: See Step 6 above, “Download Template,” for more information on using the RISE Presentation Template.
LESS TEXT, MORE IMAGES: In preparing your slides, please include an appropriate visual image on each slide and avoid extensive text. Your slides should complement your oral remarks, not recapitulate every point that you wish to make in the presentation.
2. INSTRUCTIONS for the AUDIO CONTENT
NARRATION: Consider what you will say about each slide. Narration should be no longer than three minutes. It’s advisable to have a general plan for what you want to say to accompany each slide, rather than speaking completely off the cuff. However, reading your narration from a script often comes across as stiff and not very engaging. Aim for a balance between planning and natural speech. Practicing will help you feel more comfortable and polished!
- TITLE SLIDE: Introduce yourself and your project.
- BACKGROUND, MOTIVATION, AND GOALS: Explain the core question, problem, or challenge guiding your research or creative endeavor project. Why you have chosen to work on this question, problem, or challenge? Situate your work within the context of your broader field. How have previous researchers, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. approached your question or problem? How does your work build upon theirs? Why does your work matter to people in your field—and to people outside it?
- PROCESS AND METHODS: Summarize what you did to address your guiding question, problem, or challenge and to execute your project. What approach did you adopt, and why?
- FINDINGS AND PRODUCTS: Highlight the main findings or creative products that emerged from your project.
- CONCLUSIONS AND NEXT STEPS: Identify the main conclusions of your project and discuss potential next steps for your research or creative work. What are the implications of your project for those in your field, and those outside it?
3. INSTRUCTIONS for VOICING OVER and RECORDING YOUR SLIDESHOW
ZOOM: You’re going to voiceover your slideshow and record it using Zoom. You have access to this software through Northeastern’s Zoom subscription. Check out our video walkthrough! To record with Zoom:
- Make sure that you are using the latest version of Zoom (install the latest updates) and that you are signed in to Zoom through your Northeastern account.
- Start a new meeting.
- Share screen and select the window with your slides.
- Make sure your camera is on.
- Click the LIVE CC button and LIVE TRANSCRIPTION: ENABLE AUTOTRANSCRIPTION
- Click Record and be sure you select Record to the Cloud. (Audio transcription only works in the cloud.)
- Discuss your project while advancing your slides.
- End the meeting.
- After the meeting ends, you will receive an email that lets you know that your cloud recording is available. A short time later, you also receive a separate email letting you know that the audio transcript for the recording is available. These emails include links to view your recordings and transcript. (Note: The audio transcript may take additional time to process after the cloud recording video/audio has processed.)
- Download the video file and the transcript file, which will end with the phrase transcript.vtt. (You may see a file that ends with cc.vtt, but you should ignore that and use the transcript.vtt.) Upload the video and transcript.vtt files to the RISE online system.
- If you have difficulties, check out this Zoom help page to make sure your settings are adjusted correctly.
TIPS FOR GOOD RECORDING: For a better result, use a microphone to record your voice, be sure that you don’t have background noise, and have a static background for the video. Your face will appear in the upper right corner of the video—be sure to account for this when designing your slides!
Upon receiving notice that your abstract has been approved, you’ll be able to log into the RISE platform and share your presentation.
To submit, head to the RISE Virtual Portal and click on the Presenters tab. You’ll see an “Upload Your Presentation” button there. Follow the link using the login you created your abstract with.
Once submitted, your presentation will be reviewed for editorial content and guideline compliance.
Our system will notify you of reviewer comments, questions, and approval decisions.
Submit your presentation by April 1, 2021.
Communicating your ideas clearly, quickly, and concisely is a key element of RISE participation, and a skill useful in the rest of your life..
Make sure to practice talking about the key points of your project to convey the clearest, most efficient version to your judges and attendees during the live discussion and Q&A portion of RISE.
Use RISE to expand your network and create opportunities for the future.
Send personalized emails inviting people you want to know about the event and that you’d like to share your work with.
Digital RISE presentations will be viewable in our virtual exhibit hall, and each presenter will have the chance to engage with their audience LIVE through text and video chats on the day of the event. Be sure to Save the Date so you can share your work in person (virtually).
Remember that participating in RISE also includes attending the RISE Awards.