The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History will host the Art History Master of Arts Symposium, an annual daylong symposium shared with the University of Alabama, on Friday, March 7, at the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
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You won’t see Kevin Peek in UAB’s new student recruitment ad, but the senior music technology major plays a prominent role. Peek’s rippling, piano-driven score propels the fast-moving commercial, which launched the second phase in the university’s new brand campaign, “Knowledge that will change your world.” (Learn more about the faces behind these commercials in this related story.)
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The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences will open its new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts to the public Thursday, Jan. 16.
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Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:23

List of Services Provided

Illustration of a bar graph. The Grants Office provides the following services:

Pre-Award Management
Post-Award Management
Service Center Management

Pre-Award Management

If you would like to utilize any of the following services, the Grants Office requires a minimum of 1-2 months notification prior to the submission due date. If this minimum notice is not given, we reserve the right to determine that the notification time is not adequate for proposal preparation and thus that the proposal cannot be submitted.

  1. All UAB administrative paperwork related to grant submissions:
    1. Extramural checklists
    2. RPL
    3. Cost sharing commitment forms
    4. IDC revenue redistribution forms
  2. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  3. All sponsor related forms:
    1. NIH applications (
      1. SF-424
    2. NSF applications (fastlane)
    3. Foundation specific forms/documentsBudget/budget justification development and preparation (including subcontracts).
  4. Prepare facilities documents (NIH and NSF submissions, biosketches, facilities, etc.).
  5. Collect letters of support required for applications.
  6. Serve as liaison between the Office of Sponsored Projects and PI.
  7. Serve as liaison between sponsor and OSP and/or PI.
  8. Read and review all funding announcements to ensure all guidelines are being met.
  9. Assist faculty in setting up SMARTS/SPIN in order to locate funding opportunities.
  10. Facilitate the set-up of subcontracts (UAB providing or receiving services).
  11. Work with CIRB to ensure all disclosures are documented and current.
  12. Read, review, and track all CAS grant submissions.

Post-Award Management

  1. Manage all financial aspects of funded grants including, but not limited to:
    1. Account Set up
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
    3. Set up employees/faculty grant funding (Oracle HR functions)
    4. Re-budget requests
    5. Cost transfers
    6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
    7. Journal entries
    8. Account close out
    9. Annual/Final grant reporting
    10. Monthly/quarterly sponsor invoicing
    11. Fee-for-service contracts
  2. Effort reporting (compliance and training).
  3. Grant Transfers in/Transfers out.

Service Center Management

  1. Account set up
  2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/Oracle expense reports
  3. Set up employees/faculty funding (Oracle HR functions)
  4. Invoicing:
    1. Internal vendors
    2. External vendors
  5. Deposits
  6. Payment requests/purchase order requisitions/reimbursements
  7. Fee-for service contracts


  1. Material Transfer Agreements (facilitate)
  2. Data Use Agreements (facilitate)
  3. Confidentiality Data Agreements (facilitate)
  4. Faculty Development Grants (facilitate)
  5. Innovation Awards
    1. Set up account
    2. Provide monthly reconciliations including projections/expense approval
    3. Close out account
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Monday, 25 November 2013 11:27

Student Research

UAB students study long-stemmed seaweed in the Antarctic. All of our students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate in research. These students receive support from the College and from the University in the forms of faculty advice and guidance, identification of research opportunities, facilitating interdisciplinary cooperation, and providing forums for publicizing research results.

Student Research News

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs in the College

Student Research Resources

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Thursday, 21 November 2013 15:32

Undergraduate Research

Research isn't just for graduate students and faculty. Here at the College of Arts and Sciences we want our undergraduates to take advantage of all of the research opportunities the College has to offer. Whether you're an Art major, a Biology major, or a Political Science major, there is research opportunity available to you.

You can watch students talk about some of their recent research below. For more information on how to get involved in student research at UAB, visit the Office for Undergraduate Research.

Computer Science major Brett Kirkland presents his research about the newly installed 3D printing lab located in the Computer Science department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which will help further research in all disciplines. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Neuroscience major Tooba Anwer presents her research at the 2013 UAB Undergraduate Exposition. Her research focuses on spinal cord astrocyte dysfunction in a mouse model of Alexander Disease. This presentation won 3rd place in the Biological and Life Sciences Poster Session II. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Biology major Sope Oguntuyo presents his research on Mycobacteriophage Classification in Advance of Full Genome Sequencing. Produced by UAB Digital Media.

Political Science major Farah Al Farhan presents her research of foreign regimes, how they have affected our modern societies, and why foreign policy analysis is vitally important. Produced by UAB Digital Media.
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:39

Grants Office

Illustration of a person with ideas coming out of the head. The College of Arts and Sciences Grants Office serves to foster and facilitate innovative and interdisciplinary research as well as scholarship and creative activities for the purpose of enhancing discovery, knowledge, and progress within the UAB community and beyond.

The Grants Office is here to help faculty, staff, and departments secure external funding. This includes help locating funding sources; crafting grant submissions; dealing with the forms, paperwork, and other requirements of the funding process; and grant management support once funding has been secured. We also provide service center management and facilitate Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Data Agreements, and other ventures and projects.

Reminder: All College of Arts and Sciences research proposals are required to be routed to and reviewed by the Grants Office prior to submission.


To help meet your specific needs, please contact the staff member responsible for your department or program. If you do not see your department or program listed below, please contact Erin White.

Erin White

  • Anthropology
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Government
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

  • Alabama EPSCoR
  • Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences
  • Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research
  • Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration 
  • UAB Digital Media

Susan Thompson

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Justice Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • College of Arts and Sciences Research  
  • Center for Social Medicine
  • English Language Institute (ELI)
  • Community OutReach Development (CORD) 
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Friday, 08 November 2013 12:15

Research & Centers

Research. It is one of the driving goals of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Illustration of the intersection of liberal arts and sciences. Across the College, our faculty, students, and research staff engage in the time-honored quests to understand ourselves and our universe, to constantly create new knowledge, and to provide new opportunities for innovation that transforms our world. Through the exchange of ideas across the College's diverse disciplines, insights emerge that change the way we think and provide new opportunities for exploration. We provide an environment of inquiry that results in discovery and the development and testing of ideas and theories, leading to knowledge that can be applied to meet the challenges of our time, transform historic disciplines, and improve teaching and learning.

Our research programs focus on:
  • Human Health and the Quality of Life
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Computation and Security in our Cyber World
  • Creative Expression through the Arts and Humanities

The College is home to several interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. Our faculty and students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral) collaborate with those in the schools of Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, and Public Health. Several of our centers have industrial partners and engage in commercialization activities. Centers also support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education.
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Friday, 01 November 2013 10:55

Interdisciplinary Innovation Forums

Illustration of a key that could also be a lightbulb or a computer power button.Interdisciplinary research is a key to unlocking the future. The world's biggest problems will be solved through the collaboration of faculty, staff, and students in a variety of academic fields. The College is dedicated to developing and supporting these efforts.

The Interdisciplinary Innovation Forums provide opportunities for faculty members across the UAB campus to network with each and with external entities to promote innovation, transformation, and excellence in our research programs. Participating faculty come from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education, Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, and Public Health. Other participants come from the UAB Research Foundation (UABRF) and Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).

Be a Part of the Future

The College is now soliciting Interdisciplinary Team Proposals. Available awards will be valued at up to $30,000 for a maximum duration of up to one year.

Three Graduate Entrepreneurship Awards worth $10,000 each will be awarded in 2014. All MS and PhD students currently enrolled in the College are invited to apply for these awards.

Participation is a key ingredient to the future success of the forums. Presentations and other materials from past forums are available on this site. Researchers are invited to propose future topics for discussion and research.

To learn more about the CAS Interdisciplinary Innovation Forums, contact:

Yogesh K. Vohra
Professor & University Scholar; Associate Dean
(205) 934-6662
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Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:30

Centers in the College of Arts and Sciences

UAB students working in one of the center laboratories. The College of Arts and Sciences is home to many interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach centers. Our faculty is involved in collaborative projects with other faculty in the Schools of Business, Engineering, Health Professions, Medicine, Optometry, and Public Health. Just as important, several of these centers welcome the active participation of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.

Birmingham-area students learning at one of CORD's intensive summer programs. The College believes that the collaboration of faculty, students, research staff, and the community is the best way to encourage discovery, understanding, and creation. Our centers are active participants in local, state, and national projects. Some have industrial partners and engage in commercialization of the projects they work on. Others support seeding of pilot research projects in emerging areas of research and education. Some maintain specialized core facilities that are available to users in CAS as well as external users.

Centers Directory

Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research logo. The Center is a collection of professors, students, and professional partners across myriad disciplines, all devoted to one mission: Making the world a safer place for citizens of the 21st century. With all the wonderful advantages and incredible conveniences that modern technology has bestowed upon us in the past 10-20 years, we've also been introduced to a litany of new dangers to our privacy, our finances, and even our very identities. Some of our principal areas of focus now include computer forensics, classical "wet" forensics, as well as image processing and natural language processing forensics, in order to provide greater service and protection from these new breeds of criminal. Learn more.

CNMB logo. The Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration has identified several Grand Materials Challenges that can be most effectively addressed through interdisciplinary efforts by involving the expertise of faculty members from six different academic disciplines:
  • Create the next generation of polymeric and ceramic biomaterials that mimic natural extracellular matrix and hierarchical architectures of bone and blood vessels.
  • Design nanostructured functionally graded metalloceramic and super-lattice ceramic thin film materials that can provide ultra smooth wear resistance surfaces in biomedical implants and double the life expectancy of these implants.
  • Understand the basic mechanisms of cell/biomaterial interaction and integration at different length scales and develop new techniques and methodologies for the characterization of the cellular response to biomaterials and biomaterial behavior in a bioenvironment.
  • Provide a new paradigm for research training at the interfaces of physics, chemistry, cell biology, materials, mechanical, and biomedical engineering to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and high school teachers.
  • To accelerate the deployment of promising biomaterials, bioimaging, and biosensor technologies through collaborative partnerships with leading manufacturers of biomedical implants and devices.
Learn more.

CORD logo. The Center for Community OutReach Development (CORD) was established by UAB in 1998 to advance the outreach efforts of UAB in the Birmingham community. CORD's primary focus is on advancing K-12 science education in the area and throughout the state and nation. We are particularly interested in developing programs that will decrease the regional, racial, and gender disparity in science, math, and engineering, by early engagement of students in science and the development of their competitiveness for the best college science and math programs. These programs will build an exceptional science workforce locally and nationally; a workforce that will strengthen America's position as the economic leader in science and technology. Learn more.

COSS logo. COSS is a multi-institutional center consisting of researchers and facilities from UAB, the University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. It works to improve sensor techniques using recently developed revolutionary laser and spectroscopic technologies for detecting of biological, chemical, environmental, and explosive agents with high sensitivity. Laser-enabled optical sensor and spectroscopic technologies had a significant impact all over the world on the major institutions in health care, biomedicine, communications, materials characterization and processing, defense, aerospace, and national security, and this trend can only be expected to accelerate in the future. Learn more.

CRAG logo. The focus of the UAB Center for Research on Applied Gerontology is to develop and evaluate interventions which will allow older individuals to remain independent and to experience a high quality of life. Specifically, our program seeks to improve those visual, attentional, and cognitive functions that decline at varying rates among older adults, and that are particularly relevant to maintaining functional abilities such as mobility and driving skills. Learn more.


ELI logo. The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a range of English language courses to non-native English-speaking students and scholars, Birmingham residents, business people, local corporations, and international visitors. Through its full-time Intensive English Program, the ELI prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for academic studies at UAB and other universities. The ELI also serves as a cross-cultural training resource for Americans and internationals in the Birmingham area. To meet specific needs of local companies, English classes and cross-cultural training are available on site. As the city's professional English language learning resource for adults and higher education, the ELI is committed to "Bridging Cultures through Language" through playing an active role in our region's international identity. Learn more.
The Institute for Human Rights will serve as a permanent location where scholars, educators, and activists may come together and collaborate on initiatives designed to promote and protect human rights in an increasingly complex and globalized landscape. In this capacity, the Institute will integrate existing University and community strengths and capacities with the use of innovative technologies and scientific methods to create and foster new research, policy solutions, educational programming, and outreach activities relating to all aspects of human rights. Learn more.

Other University Centers

UAB encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts through its University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs). Besides the Center for Social Medicine, faculty in Sociology work closely with a number of other centers, including: Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Geriatric Education Center, Center for AIDS Research, Center for Women's Reproductive Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center, and Lister Hill Center for Health Policy.
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