2015 Cohort of Collat Business Honors ProgramAn all-time high 35 students have been admitted to the Collat School of Business Honors Program as members of the class of 2015 cohort.

Participants in the Honors Program are selected on the basis of their academic performance in courses at the School of Business and in courses elsewhere at UAB, and on the basis of faculty recommendations.

The 2015 cohort is also a record-breaker in the diversity of students’ majors. All of the business disciplines are represented, including Accounting (6 students); Economics (2 students); Finance (3 students); Industrial Distribution (5 students); Information Systems (4 students); Management (6 students); and Marketing (3 students). In addition, two Biology majors, two Mathematics majors, a Health Care Management major and a Neuroscience major, all with a keen interest in business, have joined the program from other UAB schools.

Two members of the cohort are student-athletes (women’s golf and men’s soccer). Five of the students are either UAB Ambassadors (students selected to serve as the university's official hosts and hostesses) or Collat School of Business Student Leaders (students who assist in recruiting and other external school activities). There are three courses in the Honors Program, which typically begin in the spring semester of a student’s junior year, and all of which are aimed at developing students’ leadership abilities: • A principles of leadership course, including an introduction to business presentation skills; • A strategic leadership course in which CEOs of large organizations present to and interact with students; and • An independent study course in which students make presentations at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo in April of their senior years.

The Honors Program is one of several honors programs offered at UAB to provide an enriched experience for high ability students. The UAB Honors College consists of several university-wide programs as well as other department- or school-based programs like the Collat School of Business program. Several students in the Collat School of Business program are also participants in university-wide programs, including the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, the University Honors Program, the Science and Technology Honors Program, the Experiential Learning Scholars Program, and the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program.

A variety of business leaders and other outside professionals have visited with participants in the School of Business Honors Program, including the CEOs of most of Birmingham’s publicly-traded companies, and thought leaders such as Neal Berte, president emeritus of Birmingham Southern College, and Drayton Nabers, former CEO of Protective Life Corporation and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

(Pictured left to right, front row: Halli Williamson, Bhavna Krishna, Abeda Iqbal, Jayna Kehres, Tori Gandy, Jaimie Holt, James Camel, Jonathan Hennessy, Arun Nakhasi, Sarah Phillips, Andrew Richards, Kevin Shrestha; second row: Jesse Lawley, Matthew Sloan, Robert Givens, Morgan Macdougall, Ameen Barghi, Michael Colwell, Joey Evans, Hunter Alvis, Austin Vaughn, Stewart Abrahart; third row: William Pierce, Alicja Foksinska, Kasey Robinette, Sadie Foster, Andrew Milstead, Mason Jones, Shane Day, Nicholas Burt, Rebecca Darnell, Jenna Reaves, Austin Waid, Candra Long. Not pictured: Rami Elsharif.)