Undergraduate education and research

  • UAB’s Quality Enhancement Plan helps ensure all students develop communication and problem-solving skills, broad knowledge and the ability to make informed, ethical decisions — all key to leadership in our local and global community. 

  • More than two dozen Freshman Learning Communities help new students integrate through shared courses on a common theme.

  • Highly recruited students are drawn to the specialized courses and research opportunities of the UAB Honors College, which continues to produce Fulbright, Goldwater and Rhodes Scholars, and the Early Medical Professional Schools Acceptance Program, which guarantees admission to UAB’s the schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Optometry.

  • According to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, UAB is the top university nationally for awarding undergraduate degrees to African-Americans in the allied health diagnostic, intervention and treatment professions.

  • In addition to faculty-mentored research, students also take part in active learning through service-learning projects in the community, study abroad individually or on faculty-led study groups and abundant co-ops, internships, teaching, and clinical experiences.

Undergraduate research

  • UAB ranks No. 1 among public institutions in the ratio of incoming freshman to federal research dollars and is one of 11 American universities to earn the prestigious Beckman Scholars Award for demonstrating exceptional mentoring and training of undergraduate researchers.

  • The Research Experience for Undergraduates program, funded by NSF and NASA, enables students to pursue research projects in physics, chemistry, mechanical and biomedical engineering, materials science, physiology and dentistry linked to interdisciplinary faculty research. Participants have published first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and attended national meetings to present their original research.

  • The student-published research journal Inquiro is an annual publication of UAB interdisciplinary research edited and published by undergraduates who work with UAB faculty and researchers to learn the elements of professional research publication.

  • The Undergraduate Research Expo showcases the academic endeavors of undergraduate students in an eclectic range of poster and oral presentations on topics from music performance to robotics.