UURAF presentations are organized by category. When students register to participate, they select a category. If you are unsure of which category best describes your research area, consult with your research mentor or contact the Undergraduate Research Office.  Categories that receive an insufficient number of projects will be moved to another related category.

UURAF 2024 Presentation Types and Categories

Agriculture & Animal Science

Topics related to crop and livestock production including animal science, aquaculture and fisheries, dairy science, poultry science, forestry, agronomy, crop sciences, soil sciences, botany, horticulture, entomology, and agricultural economics.

Anthropology & Archeology

Topics related to the relationship between humans and their diverse environments, cross-cultural study and analysis, the study of material culture past and present, and study of the ways people create knowledge and meanings.

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Topics related to biochemistry, biogeochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and structural biology.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Topics related to accounting, marketing, leadership, finance, administration, supply-chain management, human resources, and other topics pertaining to business and industry.

Cell Biology, Genetics, & Genomics

Topics related to anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, cancer biology, computational biology, genetics, genomics, and molecular genetics.

Cognitive Science

Topics related to the interdisciplinary scientific study of the mind and associated cognitive processes, whether these processes are embodied in biological systems (i.e., brains) or artificial systems (i.e., machines). Interdisciplinary submissions are encouraged from a range of disciplines, including psychology, computer science/artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, integrative biology, philosophy and communication.

Communication Arts & Sciences

Topics related to the theory and practice of communication, including the scholarship on media, advertising, journalism, retailing, telecommunications, and other relevant topics.

Composition & Creative Writing 

Topics related to the study and/or performance of creative writing, poetry and storytelling using the written word, as well as music composition, theatrical scripts, choreography, and other related areas of original work creation.

Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

Topics related to the study of crime, victimization, justice, and the law.

Digital Humanities

Topics include interdisciplinary humanities questions using digital and/or computational methods. This may include research questions from liberal arts, social sciences, or information science.

Diversity & Interdisciplinary Studies

Topics that do not fit neatly into one single category due to connections with multiple fields of study, or topics that discuss research questions centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Topics related to teaching and learning, policy analysis, or educational administration issues for preschool, elementary, secondary, post-secondary/higher education, and special education.

Engineering, Computer Science, & Mathematics

Topics related to engineering, mathematics, applied mathematics, and computer science.

Environmental Science & Natural Resources

Topics related to the interactions among physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment including pollution, biodiversity, sustainability, landscape architecture, and parks and recreation management.

Epidemiology & Public Health

Topics include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior, health education, medical anthropology, and health management and policy.

Film Studies & Digital Media

Topics related to original content for media, including broadcasts, websites, films, and video games. It includes brief presentations of films, documentaries, websites, video games, or other similar projects that highlight a student’s writing, editing, production, and artistic work in digital environments.

Global & Area Studies  

Topics related to global studies, ethnic and racial studies in global context, international development, and geography.

Health Sciences

Topics on health-related research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement projects that may focus on symptom management, health promotion, risk reduction, mental health, big data analysis, systematic review and meta-analysis, hospital quality improvement, patients’ clinical decision making, etc.

History, Political Science, & Economics

Topics related to history, political science, and economic issues.

Human Development & Relationships

Topics related to the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society, such as human development, family studies, and human and labor relations.


Topics related to the study of English, literature, philosophy, ethics, writing, gender studies, religious studies, art history, and other related areas.

Integrative & Organismal Biology

Topics related to evolution, ecology, physiology, behavior, or other aspects of whole organisms as well as interactions among organisms or interactions between organisms and their environment.


Topics related to the anatomical, biomechanical, developmental, physiological, psychosocial, and neurological aspects of human movement, and how physical activity relates to health, adaptive function, and well-being.

Linguistics, Languages, & Speech

Topics related to the language sciences, including linguistics, the study of specific languages, speech, language acquisition and instruction, and disorders of communication.

Microbiology, Immunology, & Infectious Disease

Topics related to bacteriology, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial physiology, pathogenic microbiology, virology, immunity, immunology of infectious diseases, pathology, and parasitology.


Topics related to the nervous system of humans or other animals. The neuroscience field is enormously interdisciplinary and includes a wide range of investigations, including molecular; cellular; developmental; physiological; structural; computational; evolutionary; and medical. All have at their core the goal of understanding how the nervous system works.

Nutrition & Food Science

Topics include global food safety, quality, food product development, and production as well as nutrition in the context of human health, chronic disease prevention, dietetics, international nutrition, and food security.


Topics related to the study of packaging science and packaging value chain management.

Pharmacology & Toxicology

Topics related to the adverse effects of chemical, physical, or biological agents on living organisms and the ecosystem, including the prevention and amelioration of such adverse effects. Studies can range from basic research at the molecular/organism/ecosystem level to more applied aspects of treatment or prevention, including social/behavioral factors that contribute to the reduction in exposures to harmful agents.

Physical Sciences

Topics related to physics, chemistry, astronomy, and geology that analyze the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter.

Planning & Design

Topics related to architecture, construction management, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning.

Plant Sciences

Topics related to basic and applied research in the following disciplines: plant biology, plant pathology, plant biochemistry and plant genetics and genomics.


Topics related to the study of the mind and mental processes, especially in relation to behavior, mental and emotion development, cognitive development, and disorders.

Social Science: General

This category is a good fit for presentations that do not fall into the other specific social science categories in this list.

Social Work

Topics related to the practice of social work.


Topics related to the study of social behavior, including its origins and social inequalities, in day-to-day life, organizations, and institutions. 

Visual & Performing Arts

Topics related to the study, performance, and showcase of visual arts, photography, graphic design, apparel and textile design, theatre, music, dance, spoken word, and other related areas.

Don't see a category that fits your project?  Categories are updated yearly.  We encourage research mentors and students to suggest new or modified categories.