Twenty-five students in the class of 2016 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program recently joined other UAB students to present the results of independent projects at UAB’s ninth annual Undergraduate Research Expo on April 15, 2016. The disciplines represented at the Expo included not only the business disciplines but also arts and humanities; biological and life sciences; health professions; international studies; physical and applied sciences; and service learning.
“There’s a substantial amount of risk in starting a company.”
That’s the first thing that Kathleen Hamrick, director of the UAB Innovation Lab at Innovation Depot, tells applicants for the sought-after slots in the UAB iLab. This incubator-within-an-incubator, a joint venture between the UAB Collat School of Business and Innovation Depot, is designed to accelerate student startups. It also gives students an immersion in entrepreneurship.
The Collat School of Business was recently awarded $2,500 towards the A. G. Gaston Endowed Memorial Scholarship at the 2016 A. G. Gaston Conference. The conference, hosted by Robert Dickerson, Jr. and Gaynelle Adams Jackson, celebrates the late A. G. Gaston, a Birmingham business owner and civil rights activist.
Stephanie R. Yates, Ph.D., associate professor of finance at the Collat School of Business, has been appointed Regions Institute for Financial Education Endowed Professorship by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. Dr. Yates, director of the Regions Institute for Financial Education at Collat, is the inaugural holder of the endowed professorship.
Stage three planning for the new building that will house the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business and Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.
Stage three approval by the board authorizes the university to proceed with the design phase of the project, and follows last September’s stage two approval that granted architect selection, project scope and project budget plans.
Dr. Neal R. Berte, President Emeritus of Birmingham-Southern College, discussed “servant leadership” on April 4, 2016 with the members of the class of 2017 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program. This was the seventh consecutive year that Dr. Berte met with students in the program.
Students, faculty and staff with big ideas have a new outlet at the university’s student-run MakerSpace in Sterne Library. The tech-packed operation, spearheaded by a group of undergraduate entrepreneurs, officially opened on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in a highly trafficked location on the library’s main level. It currently offers five 3-D printers and two built-in computer 3-D scanners. Students can draw on a healthy collection of prototyping kits from Arduino and other maker manufacturers as well.
For more than two months in the fall, five University of Alabama at Birmingham students found out what it is like to manage a large-scale fundraising campaign for a major nonprofit organization.