UURAF Changes

Michigan State University hosts the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) each spring that provides students with the opportunity to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative activity in an academic setting. Last year 660 students presented at the forum. UURAF 2015 will occur on April 10 at the MSU Union.

New Categories

All UURAF presentations are organized by category, which students select when they register. The list of categories has continuously evolved over the life of the event based on presentation trends and input from presenters and research mentors.

Based on faculty feedback, we updated the UURAF categories for this year. New categories include

  • Anthropology
  •  Epidemiology & Public Health 
  • Food Science & Human Nutrition 
  • Global & Area Studies 
  • Integrative & Organismal Biology
  •  Kinesiology
  • Neuroscience 
  • Plant Sciences 
  • Sociology

Additionally, we eliminated the Health, Food, & Wellness category. Most presentations that fit in this former category could be placed in either Food Science & Human Nutrition and Kinesiology.

Registration & Abstracts

Student registration opens on January 20 and closes on February 22 at 11:59 PM. Please advise your students on their category selection and review their abstracts before they register.

UURAF abstracts are published in the program book and on the UURAF website. It is important that students understand what information is acceptable to share publicly. We urge mentors to discuss information sharing, copyright laws, and intellectual property with their students in order to protect the rights of individuals performing research and publishing data.

To read the full newsletter, view the PDF attached below

Download Spring 2015 Newsletter.pdf