Student Stories -- image featuring two of the department's students.
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!

Joy O'Neal and one of the horses at the Red Barn. When her children left for college, Joy O’Neal wondered what she would do next. She returned to UAB for an MPA in non-profit management and then founded The Red Barn, an equine-therapy organization dedicated to supporting children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities, as well as those who were at-risk, disadvantaged, or with special circumstances.
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Logan Talbot in front of the Washington Monument. "The most valuable thing about my experience at UAB was the close mentorship I received from the faculty," said Logan Talbot, UAB class of 2011. "Many of my professors helped me find internship opportunities that enabled me to apply the principles I was learning in the classroom to real world situations. That experience is so crucial in today's demanding economy."
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Ashleigh Staples and another student Bama Covered volunteer. Political Science student Ashleigh Staples helped coordinate UAB students who volunteered for Bama Covered, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization that helps people enroll in affordable private insurance plans.
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Rachel Hicks and Senator John McCain. While the world watches news headlines on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, UAB alumna Rachel Hicks is getting a much closer view — as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) on assignment at the United States Embassy in the capital of Kyiv.
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Our students at NCCWSL. Each summer nearly a thousand collegiate women from around the nation meet in Washington, DC, for the National Conference for Collegiate Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). Our department’s attendees say the conference was an incredible opportunity to be immersed in leadership training and network with high-achieving students from many different universities and backgrounds.
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Logan and several Pathways interns enjoyed playing on the CFPB softball team, the "Loan Rangers." Logan helped designed the team jersey. Logan Talbot graduated with a degree in Government and Media Studies before heading to Berkeley Law to pursue a legal career. Last summer he participated in the Pathways Program while interning with the legal department at the newest federal agency — the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was proposed and designed by Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Read more about Logan's internship
Image of Farah Al-Farhan.Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates after her Iraqi parents fled their war-torn homeland, UAB graduate Farah Al-Farhan has international flair that separates her from many less-traveled students.

Yet while her family moved to Alabama when she was 15, she still shared some of the same problems that home-grown students face with their college experience.

Image of students in the 2013 UN study away group, courtesy of Jerry Jerome. Dr. Nikolaos Zahariadis and a group of 19 students visited the United Nations over spring break. The trip, part of his class PSC 466: The United Nations, was full of lectures, tours, and even food and fun (the Japanese hotdogs were notable to more than one student). Some of the students wrote blogs about their experiences and took pictures, so you can get a first-hand account of what it was like!

Image of Rachel Hicks. Rachel Hicks, a graduate student in the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at UAB, has public service in her blood.

"I am the daughter of two navy captains," Rachel says. "I had a role model of public service early on that led me to where I am now in government service."

Town Hall icon. I interned at the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform Foundation (ACCRF) during the spring of 2013 and had many awesome experiences. ACCRF's goal is to get a new Alabama State Constitution drafted that will unite and benefit all citizens instead of just a few powerful interests.