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Lisa Schwiebert headshot.

Embarking 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.

Graduate Student Government logo.

The Graduate Student Government (GSG) is an organization designed to promote and protect the interest of all graduate students, to provide a forum to express graduate student concerns on academic and nonacademic issues and to enhance the quality of education and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Graduate Summer Recruitment Fair poster.

The UAB Graduate School will hold its Graduate Program Summer Recruitment Fair on Friday, July 6. Event attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about UAB's 55 masters and 40 doctoral programs and ask questions of program representatives. There will also be some fun giveaways.

Students in caps and gowns celebrating.

The Spring 2018 UAB Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Master's Student Commencement was held April 27 at the Bartow Arena. During the spring, 778 degrees were conferred, including 90 certificates, 607 masters/ EdS degrees, and 81 doctoral degrees. The Graduate School would like to congratulate all of the Spring 2018 graduates!

As far back as Samir Rana can remember he had been told stories of his ancestors and their work with herbal medicine.

For Rana’s family, medicine was more than just a means to an end. It was in their blood. His father and aunt worked in public health, and one uncle was a nurse, while another was a doctor. It was believed that Rana would also follow in the family’s footsteps and pursue a medical degree.

Sylvie Mrug receiving her certificate.

A mentor is not just an educator. A mentor is a person who inspires and motivates. A mentor is committed to excellence.

The UAB Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Hisham Abdelmotilib had always considered himself a consumer of knowledge. His thirst for discovery became even more apparent when he became a physician and he realized that knowledge could be used to change the health outcomes of his patients.


John Donnelly and Firooz Jahani were recently selected as recipients of the 2018 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.

“The Barker Award,” named for UAB’s first graduate dean, Dr. Samuel Booth Barker, is given each spring to one Ph.D. student and one Master’s student, both of whom expect to receive their degrees within the calendar year. The Barker Awards are given to graduate students who represent the highest level of student achievement in a UAB graduate program.

It all began with Ms. Sue.

Ms. Sue wasn’t famous, and she probably never set any world records. She didn’t have that exhilarating career that children typically dream of having. But for one young Vietnamese girl, a chance meeting with the kind nurse practitioner who worked at a small health clinic set her down a path that would shape the rest of her life.

Fall 2017 commencement ceremony.

The UAB Graduate School hosted its Fall 2017 Doctoral Hooding Saturday, December 16 at the Alys Stephens Center. During the fall 746 degrees were conferred, including 36 certificates, 584 masters/ EdS degrees, and 126 doctoral degrees.