Council of Graduate Students

at The Ohio State University

Academic Areas

Choosing an Academic Area to Submit to

Abstracts will be evaluated in the academic area you select from the 10 academic areas for graduate students or 3 academic areas for postdoctoral scholars. In determining the area in which you will submit your abstract, the primary factor to consider is the subject matter addressed by your research, not necessarily your area of enrollment. Some examples of this include...

  • A paper from a graduate student in Comparative Studies might be evaluated within Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences rather than in Humanities. 
  • A paper on pedagogy in engineering courses might be evaluated in Education & Human Ecology or in Engineering.
  • A paper on linguistic codeswitching between Greek and Albanian in memes might be evaluated in Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, or the Humanities.

While choosing an area can be a large choice, the Hayes Organizing Committee will not be able to make that choice for students or postdocs. The Hayes Organizing Committee strongly recommends students see below 

Questions? E-mail the Hayes Forum 2024 Organizing Committee's Chair, Katie Conner, at

Hayes 2024 Graduate Academic Areas

There will be 10 areas for graduate students to apply to for Hayes 2024. There will be 10 oral presentation sessions for graduate students, and (depending on application numbers, areas, and caliber) a number of poster sessions.

  • Area 1: The Arts
  • Area 2: Biological Sciences
  • Area 3: Business
  • Area 4: Education & Human Ecology (EHE)
  • Area 5: Engineering
  • Area 6: Food, Agricultural, & Environmental Sciences (FAES)
  • Area 7: Humanities
  • Area 8: Math & Physical Sciences (MAPS)
  • Area 9: Health Sciences
  • Area 10: Social & Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Law (SBS)

Hayes 2024 Postdoctoral Academic Areas

There will be 3 areas for postdoctoral scholars to apply to for Hayes 2024. All of these areas will be represented in oral presentation sessions. There will not be poster sessions for postdoctoral scholars for Hayes 2024. 

  • Area 1: Postdoctoral: Biological/Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
  • Area 2: Postdoctoral: Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
  • Area 3: Postdoctoral: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


'Historic' Academic Area Application Patterns - Graduate Student Sessions

Please note, listed below are categories where we normally see people apply.  However, graduate student researchers may choose to apply to a different category based on their topic.  This is an interdisciplinary research forum, therefore judges will review abstracts and presentations broadly and may not be content experts in your specific area (i.e., a linguistics abstract applying to Social & Behavioral Sciences may be reviewed by a Psychologist, Geographer, and Sociologist).

Area 1: The Arts

  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Arts Policy and Administration
  • Dance
  • History of Art
  • Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design
  • Music
  • Theatre

Area 2: Biological Sciences

  • Biochemistry (MA)
  • Biochemistry Program (OSU)
  • Biophysics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Evolutionary, Ecological and Organismal Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Biology

Area 3: Business

  • Accounting and MIS (including MACC)
  • Business Administration (MBA, PhD)
  • Labor and Human Resources

Area 4: Education & Human Ecology

  • Education - Policy and Leadership
  • Education - Physical Activities and Educational Services
  • Education - Teaching and Learning
  • Vocational Education (Comprehensive Program in)
  • Human and Community Resource Development.
  • Human Development and Family Science
  • Human Ecology
  • Human Nutrition and Food Management

Area 5: Engineering

  • Aeronautical and Astronomical Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Ceramic Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Geodetic Science and Surveying
  • Industrial and System Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Welding Engineering

Area 6: Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (FAES)

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics
  • Animal Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Resource Management
  • Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
  • Food Science and Nutrition (incl. FST Technology)
  • Horticulture and Crop Science
  • Natural Resources
  • OSU Nutrition
  • Plant Pathology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Soil Science (incl. Agronomy)
  • Textiles and Clothing

Area 7: Humanities

  • African American and African Studies
  • Comparative Studies
  • East Asian Languages and Literatures
  • English
  • French and Italian
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Greek and Latin
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Philosophy
  • Slavic and East European Language and Literature
  • Slavic and East European Studies
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Women's Studies

Area 8: Mathematical & Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geological Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Area 9: Health Sciences

  • Allied Medical Professions
  • Anatomy
  • Biomedical Education
  • Dentistry (M.A.)
  • Health Services Management and Policy
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Dietetics
  • Medical Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Oral Biology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy (MA and Ph.D.)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physiology
  • Public Health
  • Veterinary Bio-Sciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  • Vision Science

Area 10: Social and Behavioral Sciences; Social Work; Law

  • Anthropology
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Sociology
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Social Work