All you need to know to share your work at RISE.

If you created it or discovered it in the last year, 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

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract. Read the materials below for instructions. Students whose abstracts are accepted will be asked to share a poster. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis so the sooner you submit your abstract (and poster), the better!

Faculty and Staff

If you are a faculty or staff member who has published a work between April 15, 2023 and the present day and you would like to share a copy at RISE on our Faculty Works Table, please email us at

UPSDATED SUBMISSION DEADLINE!  – Abstracts are due Monday, February 12, 2024.

To submit an abstract for RISE, you must first create an account on the RISE Abstract system using your official Northeastern University email. The link to the abstract portal follows these instructions.

Review this brief video for information on not only what you can share, but also about how you should do it. Please be sure NOT to include faculty mentors and post-docs as co-presenters.

Abstracts should focus on projects undertaken during the past year — from April 2023 until the present day. While projects do not need to be complete, substantial progress should have been made. This is not an arena for new proposals but a venue for presenting work that is complete or significantly underway.

Abstracts should represent projects aiming to explore, understand, or create new knowledges or practices rather than simply summarizing the existing state of the field or otherwise ‘researching about research.’

If you prefer to read the instructions, please take a look at this brief document.

Important to Note

  • Do NOT include Faculty Mentors or Post-Docs as co-presenters.
  • For group projects, please only submit one abstract.
  • A presenter may only be the “main presenter” of a single project if they intend to participate in RISE in-person. Primary presenters will need to share their posters during the live event.
  • Maximum length – 100 words. A single paragraph with no citations, tables, footnotes.
  • Due Monday, February 12, 2024

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 approval decisions through the platform.

Now that you’ve considered the instructions, go forward!

Remember, create a new account within the abstract system using your Northeastern University email!

RISE 2023 Abstract Submission Portal

Once your abstract has been approved, you’ll create a poster using our official template that will serve as an introduction to your project.

You’ll make your poster using the 2023 RISE Poster Presentation Template. Login using your MyNortheastern credentials. Download and save the file to your computer. You can access PowerPoint to edit the template through Northeastern’s Office365 subscription.

When uploading your poster, you will be asked to include both a  .PPTX and a .PDF version. Please upload a 1-slide pptx file for the RISE team to reference, as well as 1-page pdf file of your poster to include in the poster gallery.

The poster template will ask you to focus on four areas:

  • 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?

You can feel free to edit the main body of the poster template as you see fit — but do NOT edit the header formatting or change the dimensions. 

Add the title and primary mentor information directly from your approved abstract, as well as the subject category and your undergraduate or graduate level (delete the other category) in the top red portion of template.

  • You should include your primary mentor as well as any additional mentors in the authorship section in the main poster body or in acknowledgments. Do NOT add them at the top of the poster.
  • Be sure to include all collaborators in this portion as well. If you need to add student collaborators to your abstract, please share that information with us over email

As you make your poster, here are a few important tips:

Just Right for RISE, Remember Your Audience: Again, RISE is an event for an educated, but non-specialist audience. Your poster should be technical enough to excite an expert, but not so technical that someone not in your field will be turned off. The idea is to start a conversation where you can go into more detail, depending on your interlocutor. Focus on the most important question you want a viewer to understand.

Use Images and Figures, Avoid the Wall of Text (no more than 1000 words in your poster): There will be many posters at RISE and you’ll want your poster to stand out. Use large images and figures to attract visual attention. Every detail of your project should not be in the poster — the idea is that you will use the poster as a prop for more engaged conversation. So use some big images and headers to signpost for your viewer the main points of your project and where it is headed.

A good practice is to start with an image or figure that you think responds to the prompts in each of the four areas above — BACKGROUND, MOTIVATION, AND GOALS; PROCESS AND METHODS; FINDINGS and PRODUCTS; and CONCLUSIONS and NEXT STEPS — and then build the poster around those visuals.

Again, Bigger Is Better: People will be walking by at a distance. Use large fonts, images, and figures at appropriate resolutions to make your poster easy to read.  Use bullets, numbering, and headlines where appropriate.

Other Advice for Creating a Poster

Here’s a short video about the process of uploading your poster to your approved abstract on the RISE Abstract Portal. You can view the slides here as well.

Please be sure to:

  • Have any mentors or collaborators review your poster before you submit.
  • Proofread your poster and make sure that the Submission ID, Primary Mentor Name, Subject Category, Level and Title reflect your approved abstract. Review your approved abstract.
  • Include any collaborators as well as mentors in the authorship line within the main body of the poster. Do NOT add these people to the top portion of the poster.
  • Once we review the posters, we will send them for printing and be in touch with next steps for those whose posters are approved.

Those who have posters accepted have the opportunity to share them live and in-person at RISE in Matthews Arena. All posters will also be showcased in our online gallery.

  • If your poster is accepted, you must be prepared to hang your poster the evening prior (or have one of your collaborators do so).
  • Those whose posters are accepted for in-person presentation, meanwhile, must be prepared to attend the entirety of RISE. Presenters are expected to be present from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET on the day of RISE in Matthews Arena.
  • The official start time for RISE will be 1:30 PM ET. Participants will arrive at 1:00 PM ET to check-in and for a group photograph.