Kentucky Academy of Science

Descriptions of Sections

Which Sections should you join? When you join KAS, you can choose up to 3 of our 19 sections. You will only vote  for Division representative for your first choice section.

Here is an overview of our Sections, for your consideration when joining and submitting your abstract for the Annual meeting.


The Botany Section focuses on studies of plant taxonomy and diversity, herbaria, and evolutionary history (phylogenetics).

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Cellular Biology is the study of the structure and function of a cell.  Molecular Biology is the study of the structure and function of biomolecules that are essential for life.  Together, Cellular and Molecular biology help us understand the fundamental functions of the cell and its molecular activities within the context of a tissue or organism interacting with its environment.

Ecology and Environmental Science

The Ecology and Environmental Science section covers a wide range of studies that intersects both domains. We invite undergraduate, graduate and other professionals present studies featuring empirical, methodological, and theoretical works as relates to the fields of ecology and the environment. All aspects of relationships between plants, animals, and microorganisms with the physical environment is of interest


The Engineering Section consists of mechanical, electrical, civil, and chemical engineers and students in the private sector and academia. Engineering work includes the development of new products and technology, the improvement on designs of existing products or systems, and the creation of computer models to better understand our world.


Geography is the spatial study of the Earth as a system. The discipline couples physical and social components to study human-environment interactions. Whether a human or physical geographer, to better understand these complex interactions geographers make use of a wide range of geospatial skills and techniques, including geographic information sciences (GIS), remote sensing and spatial modeling.

Health Sciences

Health-related research is the purview of this section.  This is necessarily broad, as many of other KAS areas could involve research related to health (e.g., microbiology, botany, immunology, chemistry, agriculture, ecology and environmental science, engineering, public health, psychology, health informatics).  Some examples include (but are not limited to):  chemical analyses of health-impacting substances, clinical studies, public-health research, pharmacology, nutrition, and the use of health-related technologies.


According to Merriam-Webster, mathematics is “the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations”.  The Mathematics Section is interested in all sorts of mathematical studies.  Past Mathematics Section presentations have included expository talks on numerical analysis and the history of mathematics as well as original research in the analysis of games and the mathematical modelling of the spread of disease.


Microbiology includes bacteria, archaea, or viruses. Microbiology overlaps with a number of other areas of research (e.g., bacterial, fungus, cell line botany, immunology, biochemistry, food chemistry, agriculture, ecology and environmental science and engineering, public health).  Some examples of research include (but are not limited to): molecular biology or technologies, chemical analyses of health-impacting substances, clinical studies, food safety, public-health research, and pharmacology.


The Psychology Section of KAS seeks to share empirical research that focuses on the mental life and behaviors of humans and other animals. We welcome research from any of the major subfields of psychology–clinical, social, experimental, developmental, cognitive, organizational, cultural, school, comparative, etc.–and we also welcome research from developing fields and interdisciplinary approaches.

Science Education

Science Education is the field of research focused on teaching and learning science. Science Education employs a wide variety of research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, in its exploration into the development of effective pedagogical practices designed to improve learning in science and to understand how that learning is achieved.