Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Entrepreneurship Showcase

RISE participants

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expo and Award

Information session January 30

Students, faculty, staff and industry leaders will come together on April 9, 2020 for the RISE (Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Entrepreneurship) Expo to celebrate innovation in multidisciplinary student research projects. Students will have opportunities to showcase their work and connect with potential employers or investors, in addition to eligibility for financial prizes. 

“It’s one more piece to their experience; it’s one more way to show what they have done, and what they’re capable of doing,” says Darin Detwiler, Assistant Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. “For these students, this is where the real world begins.”

This year, College of Professional Studies students will have their own Focus award category that welcomes remote submissions. This award focuses on resiliency and sustainability. To apply, students need to write a letter of intent describing how their submission aligns with this theme, and they must be in good standing to participate. Required materials include a research abstract summarizing the project, and a poster that provides a visual representation of the work. There will be an information session on January 30 from 12–1 p.m. in Dodge Hall, Room 430 for students interested in being part of RISE.

A vital part of preparation for the expo is Hitting Your Target pitch training, which helps all applicants develop more powerful presentations regardless of their level of experience. 

Key dates for Hitting Your Target and other deadlines are:

  • February 20: Research abstracts due 
  • March 11: Hitting Your Target pitch questionnaire due
  • March 17: Hitting Your Target video draft due
  • March 18: Hitting Your Target video pitch conference call
  • March 19: Project posters due
  • March 27: Focus Awards form due
  • March 31: Hitting Your Target live training 

“Out there in the world, they’re networking; they’re really putting themselves out there, showing off what they’ve done,” Detwiler says. “So RISE provides opportunities.”