Learning
Through Experience

Intense Education

A lot can be learned in a classroom. But the precise details of a properly prepared microscope slide? The best way to talk to an at-risk teenager?

That has to be learned in the field. You know what else happens in the field? The great experience of exploring the world for yourself, answering questions, and making discoveries that change the way people think. This is why, at UAB, the world is our classroom.

Research

Your curiosity burns brighter than magnesium. To keep it burning, we get you into the lab or out into the field as early as your freshman year. You’ll be working elbow-to-elbow with UAB researchers, guided by a faculty mentor and learning how to work, think, and analyze the way researchers do. Well before graduation, many Honors College students have proposed their own research project, executed it using pro-quality equipment and facilities, and presented their work to the world in peer-reviewed journals and national conferences. Make no mistake: This is real-world work, and it requires real-world processing and problem solving. But you wouldn’t be in the Honors College if you couldn’t handle it, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

I love service learning. I find that my coursework means more to me on a personal level because of how invested I get in my community service.

Skyler Hendrix, Honors College

Service Learning and Outreach

When you have insight, intelligence, and compassion — and the fire to use them — you also have a responsibility to share those qualities with the world. From the very first service project during your Freshman Retreat, the Honors College will put you out in the world for service learning and outreach to make connections and make a difference. Students have worked teaching and mentoring students as local as Woodlawn, Alabama, and addressing public health concerns as far away as the Dominican Republic. It’s not just about the education — it’s about the experiences that change lives. Their lives are better, and your life will definitely never be the same.

Education Abroad

There’s no better place to understand nutrition in developing nations than in those nations. There’s no better place to explore Antarctic biomes than in Antarctica. And there’s no better way to learn Arabic than to surround yourself with Arabic speakers. UAB researchers love having honors students along to learn and assist, and UAB Education Abroad offers educational opportunities with more than 400 programs in 40 countries (and one cruise ship). See the world. Change it. Expand your world. And then set it on fire.

In the spring of 2017, Dr. Shannon Blanton, Dean of the UAB Honors College and Professor of International Studies, will teach a new honors course on “Socio-economic and Political Change in Contemporary Cuba,” which will include a Spring Break study abroad experience in Cuba.

Student Leadership

Change doesn’t just happen — it’s made to happen, and it’s made to happen by people with the confidence and drive to lead the way. (Sound like anyone you know?) UAB Honors College students start with motivation and energy, and we help them shape that into leadership qualities. Maybe you’re ready to start a student organization, seed a service project, contribute new scientific discoveries, or bring a new approach to an old problem. You want to be at the front, and we’re ready to help you lead the way.

Honors College Leadership Council

We know that our accomplished, motivated students are their own best advocates. That’s why our student representatives have come together in the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC). They work to foster a sense of community within the Honors College, promote the best interests of the college as a part of the larger university, and raise the profile and visibility of the college on and off campus. Their work helps our students, and our college as a whole, get the visibility and support that they need and deserve.

Honors College Ambassadors

The best representatives of the UAB Honors College are our students — people who are passionate about what the college does and what the students are capable of doing. Our Honors College Ambassadors are that kind of passionate. They connect with community members, university administrators and staff, current students, and prospective students like you — because no one knows the college like the students who are in it, and no one knows what the college can do like the students who are becoming who they’re meant to be, one extraordinary experience at a time.

Honors College Resident Assistants

We make it our mission to foster an inclusive, close-knit community — in the classroom and outside of it. Our Honors RAs are essential — and outstanding — partners in our community-building efforts. They live on the honors floors of the New Freshman Residence Hall, help our honors students navigate collegiate life, and collaborate with our honors advisors to offer fun and informative programs each month. In short, they make sure all of our new students feel at home at UAB and in the UAB Honors College.

In April of 2016, 17 honors students were part of a UAB contingent attending the Clinton Global Initiative University in Miami. These students presented their Commitments to Action — new, specific, measureable initiatives to benefit their communities or communities around the world.

Fellowships

Organizations around the globe are eager to give funding for research, education abroad, and graduate education to promising students. That’s why our Office of National and International Fellowships and Scholarships exists. This stellar resource has helped our students apply for dozens of prestigious fellowships, and helped them track down even more that aren’t on most people’s radar. Just in the past year, 25 students won funding, from Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships to undergraduate research scholarships. That could be you — if you’re up to the challenge. Email our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you think you are.

2016 / 2017 Hall of Fame >

2016 / 2017 Hall of Fame

International Fellowships

  • Rebecca Hyde - Boren Scholarship (Jordan)
  • Aaron Getman-Pickering - Clinton Scholarship to the American University at Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Farah Jiwani - Clinton Scholarship to the American University at Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Amanda Rudat - Clinton Scholarship to the American University at Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Madi March - Clinton Scholarship to the American University at Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Siddhu Srikakolapu - Clinton Scholarship to the American University at Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Jane Murphy - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (France)
  • Stevenson Craig - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (Cuba)
  • Laila-Rose Hudson - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (France)
  • Kenneth Davis - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship (Japan)
  • Kenneth Davis - Freeman ASIA Scholarship (Japan)
  • Ananya Bandyopadhyay - U.S. Dept. of State Critical Language Scholarship (Alternate) (India)
  • Hriday Bhambhvani - Gates Cambridge Scholarship (Finalist) (United Kingdom)
  • Hriday Bhambhvani - Fulbright Scholarship, Research (Alternate) (Germany)
  • Charles Coleman - Fulbright Scholarship, ETA (Winner) (Israel)
  • Anisha Das - Fulbright Scholarship, ETA (Semi-finalist) (India)
  • Roxanne Robidoux - Fulbright Scholarship, ETA (Semi-finalist) (Czech Republic)
  • Brendan Rice - Fulbright Scholarship, Study (Winner) (Germany)
  • Emily Jennings - Fulbright Scholarship, Study (Winner) (Netherlands)
  • Anthonia Carter - Fulbright Scholarship, Arts (Winner) (United Kingdom)
  • Brenna Nye - Fulbright Scholarship, Research (Winner) (Estonia)

STEM Fellowships

  • Ajaya Neupane - National Institute of Justice Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
  • Oluwafolakemi (Kemi) Ogunsina - AAUW International Fellowship
  • Ajanet Rountree - NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Sarah Adkins - NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Elizabeth Bevan - NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute (Australia)
  • Anna Ablamowicz - American Optometric Foundation Ezell Fellow
  • Cameron Postnikoff - American Optometric Foundation Ezell Fellow
  • Niharika Loomba - Amgen Scholars Program (Stanford University)
  • Jasmin Revanna - Amgen Scholars Program (Caltech)
  • Cody Savage - Amgen Scholars Program (Wash U St. Louis)
  • Remy Meir - Goldwater Scholarship (Winner)
  • Beau Johnson - Goldwater Scholarship (Institutional Nominee)
  • Ben Boros - Goldwater Scholarship (Winner)
  • Maggie Collier - Goldwater Scholarship (Winner)
  • Maggie Collier - NSF-REU (Georgia Tech)
  • Tina Tian - NSF-REU (Ohio State)
  • David Chasteen - Boyd NSF-REU (Maryland)
  • Stacey Niver - NSF-REU (Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Daniel Mendoza - NSF-REU (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • Emily Page - HudsonAlpha BioTrain Internship Program
  • Aileena Nelson - DAAD-RISE

NIH Extramural Funding

  • John Donnelly - NIH Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • Morgan Locy - NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (F30)
  • Lindsey Smith - NIH National Institute on Aging Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • Katherine Savell - NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • Allie Widman - NIH National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • Ryan Vaden - NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • William Webb - NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Predoctoral Fellowship (F30)
  • Leanne Holt - NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)
  • Yue Zhang - American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

Miscellaneous

  • Calvin Colvin - Point Foundation (Semi-finalist)
  • Paris McClendon - Point Foundation (Semi-finalist)
  • Asia Sullivan - Point Foundation (Finalist)
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