The UAB Graduate Programs Fair, Graduate Programs Opportunities 2012, will be held in the HUC Great Hall on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more about graduate school may visit the graduate programs representatives at any time during the event. Additionally, "Hot Topics" (scheduled below) will be discussed in Room A. Everyone is welcome!

Room A: "Hot Topics" Schedule (subject to change)


Why go to graduate school and how to pay for graduate school


Carrer Options: What do you do with an advanced degree?


Information about graduate student groups and support available on campus


Professional Development: Courses available that provide help in academic writing, preparing grants, and presenting research


Why go to graduate school and how to pay for graduate school (Repeat)


How to survive and succeed in graduate school


Making a personal statement stand out

Rooms B, C, and D

Representatives from UAB Graduate Programs and Graduate School staff will be available to answer questions regarding admissions requirements and applying to the program of your choice in an open fair setting.


The first annual Opportunity Zone, held in October 2007, was a big success! Below is the Graduate Student Newsletter article about the recruiting fair.


Students Seek Out The "Opportunity Zone"

More than 200 students attended UAB’s first annual Graduate School recruiting fair, “The Opportunity Zone,” on Oct. 24, visiting more than 35 Graduate School Program booths and attending presentations on the benefits of getting a higher education by Dean Bryan Noe and Associate Deans Susan Rich and Jeffrey Engler.

“The Opportunity Zone was designed to provide students with information about the UAB Graduate School and academic programs,” explains event coordinator Kellie R. Carter. “The main goal behind this was to open up possibilities: Look at what else you can do.”

Carter says students seemed to enjoy the “Hot Topics,” which covered information such as how to find financing for graduate school, how to find the best fit in a graduate program, and how to survive and succeed while in graduate school.

Speakers included Dean Bryan Noe and Associate Deans Susan Rich and Jeffrey Engler, plus graduate students Mick Edmonds, Wes Edmonds, Guin Robinson and Anne Diers, who discussed their personal experiences at UAB.

Said Diers: “I felt that if just one student learned something about Graduate School that changed his/her perspective, then my participation was well worth it. I definitely think this event increased awareness of just how many graduate programs UAB offers.” 

Representatives were available to answer student questions, as well as to help students apply on site. “The Opportunity Zone was amazing,” said Public Health Program Administrator, Richard Bennett. “We had many inquiries, and there was a great deal of excitement from the students.”

The event was a good opportunity for Noe, Engler, and Rich to meet face-to-face with students and answer their questions about funding and finding the right school. In retrospect, Noe commented: "If one considers this event as a first time experiment, I believe everyone involved would agree that it was a highly successful one."

Ms. Carter says that students who missed the event can soon visit the Opportunity Zone link, which will be on the Graduate School Web site in early November.

She adds that the Graduate School is already planning for next year. “We’re going to make this an annual event. We want to get the word out to other area schools that we have a good selection of graduate programs at UAB. We want students to realize that they have a first-rate institution in their backyard.”