Graduate School News

Meet Your Student Leaders: Nirzari Gupta, president of GSG

1. Nirzari Alokkumar PresidentThe Graduate School has launched another new series called "Meet Your Student Leaders." This series will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to get to know the students who run the various graduate student organizations. This week's featured student leader is Nirzari Gupta, president of the Graduate Student Government.
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Discoveries: The sweet science behind mending muscle

IMG 0174Rylie Hightower, a third-year graduate student in the Graduate Biomedial Sciences neuroscience program, studies proteins and other factors that contribute to the progression of muscular dystrophy. 

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Link to Leadership: Dr. Lisa Schwiebert, Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

GRAD logo without taglineEmbarking on the graduate school journey can be a challenging experience, but it helps if you understand the major players involved in that experience. This new series, "Link to Leadership," features Q&As with UAB's Graduate School leaders and an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to get to know these leaders on a deeper level.
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Samir Rana

GS:      Where are you from?
ST:       I am from Hayden, Alabama.

GS:      What degree will you receive and when?
ST:       I received my undergraduate degree in Accountingfrom Auburn University in August 2008.I will receive my Master of Accountancy degree from UAB in August 2009.

GS:      How long have you been at UAB?
ST:       I am just now starting my second semester at UAB.

GS:      What is your research?
ST:       I am very interested in the audit field of accounting; therefore, I’m focusing my research efforts on the audit process of internal controls within organizations to better reduce audit risk.

GS:      What made you choose UAB for your graduate studies?
ST:       UAB has an excellent M.Ac. Program, outstanding faculty, and I desired to be close to home.

GS:      Have you received any awards or honors?
ST:       I am currently a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society, and Beta Alpha Phi, an accounting honor society.

GS:      What has been your most rewarding experience at UAB?
ST:       The most rewarding experience I've had at UAB has been working with such a diverse group of peers. I love working with such diverse people, because everyone brings something different to the table.

GS:      Who was your greatest influence here at UAB and why?
ST:       I don't know if I can name one specific person who has influenced me. The faculty and students at UAB have challenged the way I think, and I love that.

GS:      What is your motivation in your academics/research?
ST:       I believe if we can better audit internal controls within organizations we can better the organizations as a whole, improving stakeholder decision making.

GS:      What are your plans after graduating and for the future?
ST:       Upon graduation from UAB, I plan to work in public accounting with a concentration in the audit field, and obtain my CPA certification.

GS:      Is there anything else you would like to say?
ST:       I would like to express my appreciation to the faculty and staff. Everyone has been extremely helpful during my first semester here. I look forward to the rest of my education at UAB.