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UAB’s reach stretches across classes, cultures and continents into inner-city classrooms, rural clinics and far corners of the globe. Service-learning is engrained across the university curricula, and the dedication and character of our faculty and students is evidenced by their willingness to use their knowledge for the well-being of others.

UAB has been named three consecutive years to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can achieve for civic engagement, and we're among 51 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and "community engagement."

Our strategic plan, UAB21, is our pledge to prepare our students and community for the challenges of a new world economy: global literacy, biotechnology and biomedical science, energy, transportation, materials engineering, information technology, computing security and entrepreneurship.

See how our faculty and students are strengthening communities and embracing the world.



  • Popular Science

    How do you get kids interested in math and science careers? America's future rests on that question, and UAB's successful outreach programs offer four classroom-tested solutions.

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  • Built for Brain Waves

    The Edge of Chaos brings together people—and ideas—from around the UAB campus and across the city to find solutions to vexing problems.

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  • Enriching Lives, Revitalizing a Community

    ArtReach initiative brings quilting, drumming, jazz, and more to residents in Birmingham's Woodlawn community

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  • Read All About It

    Pixels are as important as pages for modern literacy education, and UAB's Red Mountain Writing Project is partnering with urban schools to provide access to high-tech tools.

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  • Lunch and Learn

    UAB freshman composition students are finding inspiration for their writing in an unusual source: a UAB volunteer program to assist elderly patients at mealtimes.

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