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 numbers of projects will be moved to another related category.

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, plant biology, plant pathology, entomology, and agricultural economics.


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.


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.

Communication Arts & Sciences

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

Digital Media

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


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

Food Science & Human Nutrition

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.

Global & Area Studies

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

History, Political Science, & Economics

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


Topics related to the study of English, literature, philosophy, 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.

Physical Sciences

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

Plant Sciences

Topics related to basic and applied research in the following disciplines: crop sciences, horticulture, 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

Topics related to the study of human society and of individual relationships in and to society. This category is a good fit for social science presentations that do not fall into the other specific social science categories listed here (i.e. Anthropology; Global & Area Studies; History, Political Science, & Economics; Psychology; Social Work; Sociology).

Social Work

Topics related to social work.


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

Toxicology / Pharmacology 

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.

Visual & Performing Arts

Topics related to the study of visual arts, web design, motion and branding design, theatre, music, 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.