Rio’s Annual Research & Scholarship Exhibition

The Research & Scholarship Exhibition is a day in late April when all of our hard working students come out of their labs, workshops, caves and cubbyholes to present all of their wonderfully creative and innovative projects that have kept them busy all year.  R↑SE is dedicated to the celebration of Rio’s many talented and hard working students, and the many, many things they accomplish around campus, around the community, and around the world.

Everyone. All Rio faculty, staff and students, as well as families and all members of the surrounding community are invited to attend as guests. Admission is free and the excitement is contagious. Most professors and Rio administrators can be seen mingling with presenters, parents and community members at various times throughout the day.

Projects from all disciplines have been presented in many formats; posters, plays, musical and poetic performances, papers, lectures and just about anything else you can imagine have been showcased in the past. There’s something for everyone.

Any Rio student, working either with a faculty mentor or independently, can submit a RISE application. Watch your student email or click here to view the presentation guidelines and abstract submission form.

Deadline for RISE proposals:  February 27, 2020

Notification of Acceptance:  March 26, 2020

RISE Event:  Thursday, April 23, 2020

Congratulations to the 2019 RISE award winners!

  • President’s Award for Most Outstanding Contribution in Your Field: Sayre Stejbach for “Supplementing Traditional Songbird Nest Box Monitoring with Trail and FLIR Camera Technology” and Darian Miller for “Antimicrobial Properties of Herbs”
  • School of Health and Behavioral Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Travis Canter and Jennifer Case for “The Effect of Exposure Time on Short Term Memory Recollection”
  • The School of Arts & Letters Award for Excellence in Collaboration: Jayden Rogers, Sierra Huffman, Alyssa Lollathin, Jenna Thompson, and Joseph Hamilton for “The Exquisite Corpse Art History Portrait”
  • The School of Arts & Letters Award for Excellence in Creativity: Michelle Carter, Celina Dray, Sarah Helsel, Katie Hemsley, Mallori Johnsen, Sam Madden, Erin Morgan, Ashton Snider, Hadith Tiggs, Jordan Walker, Vanessa Brisker, Tylor Orr, Bailey Petrie, Brett Sisson, Sara Weber, Walter Baker III, Spencer Reinford, Daniel Crease, Savannah Joslin, and Dan Rowbotham for “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”
  • The School of Arts & Letters Award for Excellence in Presentation: Elizabeth Dyer for “What are some of the factors that impact the way Generation Z interacts with information from different sources?”
  • School of Mathematics & Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the field of Chemistry: Ethan Greenawalt for “Does the Lifestraw Filter Keep You Alive?”
  • School of Mathematics & Natural Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the field of Wildlife Conservation: Sayre Stejbach for “Supplementing Traditional Songbird Nest Box Monitoring with Trail and FLIR Camera Technology” and Katherine Kelly, Sayre Stejbach, Jeremy Chapman, Kelsey Miller, River Spicer, Paul Robinson, and Matt Joyce for “Seasonal Trends in Hardwood Forest Arthropod Diversity: A Comparison of Lindgren Funnel Trap Jars with Red vs Yellow Colored Solution”
  • Honors Award for Creativity in Scholarship: Brandylynn Witmer for “You Mean to Tell Me, Go… Outside?  A Different View at Nature”
  • Audience Choice Award: Darian Miller for “Antimicrobial Properties of Herbs”

Presentation Guidelines & Deadlines

If you don’t see what you need, let the R↑SE committee know and we’ll help you!

Applications Applications will be accepted February 1, 2020 until February 27, 2020.. Simply fill out the online form and hit submit.  Please note, only completed applications will be considered.  Contact Dr. Sarin Williams at williamss@rio.edu with any questions.

Submit Proposal for Presentation

Poster Presentations:

Poster presentations consist of presenters standing by their posters to offer descriptions of their work and answer any questions.  Presenters can be alone or in small groups of two or three.  Other conference attendees usually walk around and ask for presentations, strike up conversation, or ask questions when they find a poster that interests them.  Typically all of the RSE poster presentations have been divided into two or three poster sessions throughout the day.  We ask that all posters are hung early and remain on display for the entire day, but each presenter is only required to present at his or her assigned poster session, which lasts about one hour.

Posters can be printed right here at Rio’s Print Shop; open M through F 8am-5pm (closed for lunch).  Make sure to submit printing requests ahead of time, and charge them to your specific department/budget.  Posters should be no larger than 24″ x 42″ (we are happy to arrange for larger posters that are printed for other conferences and also presented here – we only ask that you notify the RSE committee). An INSTRUCTIONAL POSTER TEMPLATE can also be downloaded to help you get started.

Exhibits include any 2D or 3D item that will be displayed and presented. Typically these items are displayed for the duration of the event, while presenters are only required to attend their assigned poster session. Any items requiring large spaces or other special accomodations should be approved by the R↑SE committee at time of application. See Poster Presentations above for more details.

Portions of paper written by the presenter are read in succession. Each presentation is limited to 15 minutes plus a short time for question and answer, time permitting. Paper presentations are assigned to a session that is scheduled to last approximately one hour.


Panels are reserved for groups of presentations, often related in theme or perspective. Panels are allotted 50 minutes, which must include all paper presentations and a Q&A session.

Portfolios are prepared by senior students from various disciplines and presented in electronic or physical format. Each portfolio presentation is limited to 15 minutes plus question and answer, time permitting.

Performances can be in many formats and can include individuals or groups. Past performances have included poetry, spoken word, choral music, and Kabuki dance-drama. Performances are limited to 20 minutes.

RISE Committee

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