Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Takes the Virtual Stage

The university’s annual RISE awards celebrated student innovation and research projects

Students, faculty, staff and industry leaders came together virtually on April 9 for the university’s annual RISE (Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Entrepreneurship) Focus awards to celebrate innovation in multidisciplinary student research projects. Students had the opportunity to showcase their work, in addition to eligibility for financial prizes. Throughout the day, RISE presenters pitched their research and creative activity to judges at scheduled times via Microsoft Teams. Potential employers or investors also participated in the virtual presentations.

This year, a new Northeastern College of Professional Studies (CPS) Resiliency and Sustainability Focus award was specifically for students of the college. This award recognized one undergraduate and one graduate student or team whose project best applies research and communication to an important resiliency and sustainability topic. 

“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 the college. “For these students, this is where the real world begins. They’re really putting themselves out there, showing off what they’ve done. RISE provides opportunities.”

Following is the list of CPS students and the topics they presented: