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Our students are a diverse group of people – diverse not just in race but in nationality, experience, interests, and age. Working with each other and with the faculty, they gain exposure to different ways of thinking and studying. By participating in civic and community projects, internships, and study abroad, they expand their understanding of the world around them.

Explore their stories to see how becoming a political science major or pursuing a graduate degree in public administration has changed our students' lives for the better, and learn how you can benefit from studying with us!


Laila Rose Hudson. Political Science student Laila-Rose Hudson, who is graduating on April 28, 2018, is featured in the latest issue of Pi Sigma Alpha newsletter. She is both a recent Pi Sigma Alpha honors inductee and the UAB Political Science Program’s Outstanding Student for 2018. Pi Sigma Alpha is the premiere honor society for students of political science.

Read her profile on the Pi Sigma Alpha website
Wrica Webb. Erica Webb, a junior from McCalla, Alabama, is a finalist for the highly competitive Truman Scholarship. It is one of the country’s most prestigious national graduate fellowships, given annually to college juniors who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential and academic achievement, and who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or other public service.
Read more about Erica Webb
Firooz Jahani. Firooz Jahani was recently selected as ra ecipient of the 2018 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar from Afghanistan and a graduate assistant in the Masters of Public Administration Program.
Read more about Firooz Jahani
Hernandez Stroud. Hernandez D. Stroud of Huntsville has been named to Forbes’ 2018 list of 30 Under 30 in Law and Policy. He earned a BA in history and political science and was a Hess-Abroms and Spencer Scholar and student in the UAB Honors College University Honors Program.
Read more about Hernandez D. Stroud
Brian Haynes. The lower your income, the higher your cost of voting. The gas or bus fare to get to the polls is a heavier burden, for instance. But what happens when a person’s income rises? Gathering that kind of data on an individual level is next to impossible. So Brian Haynes, a senior majoring in political science and economics, found an alternative measure: Medicaid.
Read more about Brian Haynes
Garrett Stephens (left), Samuel Sullivan IV, and Brandon Cohill.
Three worthy students have earned a new honor, awarded for the first time at the University of Alabama at Birmingham — the Green Blazer. Brandon Cohill (left) was one of the men awarded the inaugural green blazer for 2016 at the Blazer Male Excellence Network’s Undugu Male Gathering, held Feb. 18 in the new Hill Student Center. Undugu, a Swahili word, translates to “brotherhood.”
Read more about Brandon Cohill
Erica Coleman and other UAB students.
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. One of those students is Erica Coleman (second from left), who is pursuing an MPA from the Department of Political Science & Public Administration.

Read more about Erica Coleman's experience
Rohit Borah. Rohit Borah, from Florence, Alabama, is a senior in political science and the fifth-year Master of Public Health. He designed Nurture International to bring modernized, dynamic health education and literacy to children in low-income areas of Birmingham, and presented the idea at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U).

Read more about Rohit Borah
Wayne Heard and Terri Sewell. Department of Political Science & Public Administration alumnus Wayne Heard, now a council executive assistant for the City of Birmingham and law student, attended the 2015 Congressional Black Caucus's "Boot Camp" program in July.
Read more about Wayne Heard
Nicole Rodriguez.
Nicole Rodriguez is the first student at UAB to be named a Rangel Scholar, a collaborative effort between Howard University and the US State Department.

Read more about Nicole Rodriguez