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2021 RISE: Research and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition: About

This serves as program and guide to the 2021 Virtual Norfolk State University Research and Innovation Symposium.

RISE: Home

Research and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition

Monday, April 19, 2021-Thursday, April 22, 2021 

Virtual Event


Important Dates

 Monday, March 29, 2021 Last day to submit Call for Proposals/Registration form here

Monday, April 12, 2021          Last day to submit presentation/poster link to YouTube video

Monday, April 19, 2021          First day of virtual RISE 2021, all presentations viewable to the public 

Thursday, April 22, 2021        RISE live Zoom event, details to follow

NSU Writing Center

Need help writing that abstract or putting your presentation together? Wondering what text to put on your poster?

The Norfolk State University
Writing Center can help you!

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library and is available to assist you with just about any writing assignment or project. Click here to find out more about the services they offer.


Participation Criteria

NSU Research and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition (RISE) Poster/Presentation Video Guide

Due to COVID-19, RISE 2021 is going virtual! All participants must submit a pre-recorded presentation in advance. Please carefully review the following guidelines and specifications before recording your presentation. At a minimum a student will need internet access, presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.), and a smart device with recording capabilities (e.g. laptop with a webcam, smartphone, tablet, and so on). 

The deadline for all video poster/presentation submissions is ­­­­­4/12/21 by 11:00PM! 

Submission Categories:


Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods


Business plans/pitches, public policy, service-learning, outreach, practice and programming


Visual and performing arts, creative works


The recording should contain a prominent view of the presentation slide(s) along with audio of the presenter. It may also contain a small headshot of the presenter. Most presentation software (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) allows a user to record audio and video directly in the application and can export video files.

This year presenters must sign-up for a free Youtube account, upload their presentation, and publish the video as “unlisted” under the visibility option. To submit the final presentation students will take the link generated from uploading their video presentation to Youtube and submit it to the RISE Project Submission Form available on the RISE 2021 website.

The presentation recording should:

  • Be 4-5-minutes in length
  • Set for HD format (1280 x 720 or other "720p" setting)
  • Use simple (Arial, Calibri) and large (30+) fonts
  • Avoid using hi-res images
  • Have NO embedded videos
  • Be uploaded to Youtube
  • Be submitted by entering the Youtube link for the poster/presentation video into the RISE 2021 Project Submission Form (no emailed links will be accepted)

For more information on how to pre-record a presentation and upload it to YouTube, please review the information below.


  1. Follow these instructions to add audio (and optionally video) to your slides.
  2. Follow these instructions to generate a MPEG-4 (.mp4) file from your slides and audio/video.
  3. Alternatively, you can follow this video tutorial , which goes through both steps. Also, see this video tutorial if you like.
  4. Here is a video on how to upload a video to YouTube and the step-by-step written instructions on how to upload a video to YouTube.
  5. There is also this video on how to create an academic poster using PowerPoint.

Prior to submitting it for judging, please be sure to review your recorded poster/presentation.

The deadline to submit your poster/presentation recording is 4/12/21 by 11:00PM.