UAB is one of America’s premier research universities, ranking among the top 25 in funding from the National Institutes of Health (10th among public universities) with research monies exceeding $500 million in 2011. UAB is comprised of 11 academic schools in the health sciences and academic areas, including but not limited to the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Optometry, Public Health, and Health Professions, and the Joint Health Science Departments. The UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE), established in 1999, was one of the first postdoctoral offices in the country. Since its inception, the OPE has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining competitive terms, benefits and training programs for all postdoctoral fellows. Since 2010, The Scientist has ranked UAB among the top 10 US academic institutions in their ‘Best Places to Work as a Postdoc’ annual survey; in 2012, UAB ranked first among US public universities.
Established in 1896 as an industrial school, Oakwood University is a historically Black Seventh-day Adventist institution located approximately 90 minutes (100 miles) north of UAB in Huntsville, AL. Its average enrollment is approximately 1800 students. Oakwood University is accredited by several organizations, including but not limited to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Commission on Colleges for the award of Baccalaureate Degree, and the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education; it is also a member of the United Negro College Fund. Oakwood University offers Bachelor Degree programs in four science-focused academic departments, including Chemistry. Notably, in its 2011 College Guide, the Washington Monthly ranked Oakwood University in the top 25 baccalaureate schools nation-wide for research productivity (number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to receive PhDs).
Located less than an hour’s drive (52 miles) southwest of UAB in Tuscaloosa, AL, Stillman College is a private liberal arts institution serving underrepresented groups; it was founded in 1876. Its average enrollment is 1200 students with more than 75 percent of the student body originating from the US Southeast. Stillman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Stillman is also approved by the Alabama State Board of Education to offer teacher education programs. Stillman College offers Bachelor Degree programs in three academic divisions, including the Arts and Sciences. The Washington Monthly also ranked Stillman College in the top 25 baccalaureate schools nation-wide for research productivity in its 2011 College Guide.