Social Spotlight Film Series

Presented By: The Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, The Institute for Human Rights, Student Affairs, Department of Criminal Justice, and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The 1st Annual Social Spotlight Film Series is The Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research annual film series. Social Spotlight provides a space for students, faculty and staff, and community members to watch and discuss important social justice issues surrounding their community.

The event is held inside of the Alumni Theatre, inside of the Hill Student Center on UAB's campus.

Our first annual event will be held on April 12, 2018 beginning at 4:30 PM.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 4:30 - 5:00 PM — Introduction to A Place At The Table
  • 5:00 - 6:30 PM — Screening of A Place At The Table
  • 6:30 - 7:00 PM — Q & A / panel session
  • 7:00 - 7:15 PM — Break
  • 7:15 - 7:30 PM — Intro to Solitary
  • 7:30 - 9:00 PM — Screening of Solitary
  • 9:00 - 9:30 PM — Q & A / panel session

A Place At The Table

This documentary follows three individuals and their families as they face food insecurity in different parts of America. This film will show audiences how hunger in America very much exists and potential solutions to the problem.

Read more about A Place at the Table


Solitary takes a look inside of one of the 40 supermax prisons in the United States, and gives the audience a look into where no cameras have been able to go before. Solitary follows the stories of several individuals who are in one of the supermax prisons in the United States, where they hold individuals in 8x10 cells, 23-hours a day for different amounts of time.

Read more about Solitary

The film series is free and open to the public.

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The Video Research Awards is a video and presentation competition for undergraduate research students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In the first round, students will create two-minute videos summarizing their research, which will then be judged by a panel and UAB students. Three will be chosen by a panel and three more will be chosen by a voting process, then these six projects will move to the final round where students will give six-minute research presentations to an audience and panel.

Why should students enter?

Students participating in undergraduate research need to be able to communicate effectively about their work, even as they move on from UAB and head out into their careers. Our office hopes to help UAB students present their ideas and to tell their stories to people in their respective fields and elsewhere.

Why videos?

Short videos are great communication style in today's world of social media, and short presentations are similar to a TED talk. Both of these styles are great for telling what students have researched and why it matters, without overwhelming the audience.

Who can enter?

The VRAs are open to any UAB undergraduate student involved in research in any major, not just hard sciences. Individual's projects or projects students have completed with professors or inside labs can all participate.

Students who want to enter a group project checklist:

  • Ensure everyone involved with your project agrees to enter the competition.
  • Members of each group can be involved with making the video. However, ONE student should serve as the main speaker in the video, (the "student research communicator"). If the video is selected as a finalist, this student will go on to give the in-person presentation.
  • Before entering, students must agree on how the award money will be divided among members of the group.

What are the 2018 deadlines?

  • February 4: Video submissions open
  • March 26: Submissions close and voting begins
  • April 4: Online voting ends and first-round winners announced
  • April 12: Final presentations at Spring Expo


Currently enrolled undergraduate students involved in research projects at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are encouraged to submit their entries to the Video Research Awards via Google Form.

Research students are responsible for the creation of their videos and making them easily available to the public via YouTube, then will send us the link through our online submission form.

Students should be sure their videos are no longer than two minutes long.

There are no restrictions to the format - participants can talk directly to the camera, discuss their work with another person, or even use graphics and animations to make the video visually appealing.

Applicants should keep in mind, the goal is to make a general audience understand what you did in your research, and why it matters.

Judges for this competition should consider these characteristics when rating videos:

  • The hook: Does the student get the audience's attention and make them want to learn more?
  • The narrative: Does the student tell a story of their methods, or where they are going as a researcher?
  • Merit and quality: Do the research methods suggest rigorous or creative work?
  • Accessibility: Is the student targeting a general audience, and not an expert.

Submissions for the Spring 2018 Video Research Awards are now open — submit your video today!

We encourage students interested in participating in the VRA's to attend our research workshops held throughout both Spring and Fall semesters.


The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts a series of workshops on many different topics to help students throughout the research presentation process. Attending these workshops is strongly encouraged.


We also recommend watching video from undergraduate researchers at other universities (University of Texas Austin; University of Toronto). Below you will also find other resources that can help you throughout the process:


Undergraduate researchers will produce short videos to summarize their research projects. ALL current UAB students are encouraged to vote for their favorite research videos by April 4. The students of the top three winners by popular vote, along with the top three videos selected by a panel of judges will present their work to a live audience at a Video Research Awards final round on April 12 in The Alumni Theatre.

*Students can vote for as many videos as they want, however you can only submit the voting form ONCE.

*If you have trouble viewing the videos, please make sure your YouTube Restricted Mode is set to "Off."


  • Poster Presentation Winners
  • Oral Presentation Winners

Arts and Humanities

First Place: Effect of Race and Poverty on College Admissions - Dawson Miles, Anna Horn, Hannah Kindervater, Hannah Goymer, Sujitha Peramsetty

Second Place: Black Minds Matter - Kameryn Thigpen

Biological and Life Sciences

First Place: Shrinkage of Functional Field of View in Glaucoma - Joanne Jacob and Bobby Ijeoma

Second Place: Methods of the Characterization of the DNA Damage Response in Prostate and Colon Cancer - Janica L. Harris


First Place: Competitive Aggression in Leadership: What is the impact on Students' Emotional and Mental Health? - Kristal Mayfield

Second Place: The IDB squad - Rachel White, Riley McCown, Lloyd Hicks, Adam Kidd, Eric Henderson


First Place: The Project Approach: A Case Study - Aldenero De' James Dixon


First Place: Senior Design Project - Elizabeth Adams, Randall Walden, Jerry Smith, Daulton Smithson, Waleed Ali Alshehri, Shijun Xia

Health Sciences

First Place: Behavioral Change Theories Prompt Uptake Response to Influenza Vaccinations - Morgan Epps, Mary Katherine Grondin, Juan Gordillo, Leah Holtham, Maddie Looney

Second Place (tie): Bridging the Gap Between Water Resource Education and BAMA Kids - Arianna Siler

Second Place (tie): Effects of Family Size on Safety Knowledge in Uganda - Miles E. Erbe

Physical and Applied Science

First Place: Manganese-52 Production Cross-Section Measurements via Irradiation of Natural Chromium Targets - Retta El Sayed, Adriana Massicano, Suzanne Lapi

Service Learning

First Place: GASP Citizen Science, AirKeeper Project - Jonathan Warner, Joe Carter, Jake Massingill, Tim Holder

Second Place (tie): Diabetes - Don't Sugar Coat It - Danay Clark, Courtney Schill

Second Place (tie): The Rural Cook and Southern Cooking Done Light - Ansbea Brock, Kodi Cooper, Madison Hollingsworth, Gretchen Schnader

Social and Behavioral Science

First Place: How to Stop a Nuclear war: Presidential Rhetoric and the Success of Deterrence - Lillian Chien, Steven Edge, Ben Haraway, Matthew Spearman

Second Place (tie): Impact of Gender on the Relationship between Early Life Stress and Proinflammatory Markers - Angela Chieh, Yang Liu

Second Place (tie): The Impact of Violence Exposure on the Neural Response of Psychosocial Stress - Elizabeth S. Davis, Adam M. Goodman, Tyler R. Orem, Muriah D. Wheelock, Nathaniel G. Harnett, Sylvie Mrug, David C. Knight

Works in Progress

First Place (tie): Tomosyn-2 Binding Protein Negatively Affects Insulin Secretion - Saikrishna Sriraman, Julia Homola, Paras Ahuja

First Place (tie): Will Sea Stars Tolerate the Rising Levels of Ocean Acidification Predicted in the Near Future? - Payton Lambertson, Abbi Long, and Tabitha Wallace

Second Place: IPX-750, a glycoconjugate of dopamine, attenuates symptoms of Parkinson's disease in primates - Chris Burton, Isabella Mazzei, Hayley Nichols, Gregory Williams, Jamie Shatz

Oral Presentations

First Place: Impact of Race and Childhood Maltreatment on Fat Distribution in Caucasians and African Americans - Angela Chieh, Yang Liu

Second Place: Synaptotagmin-9 Affects Early Phase Insulin Secretion - Trung Huynh, Dan Nguyen


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About the Fall Expo


The Fall Expo showcased the research and service learning work produced by UAB undergraduates and other students in UAB fall research programs, fall REU programs, and other fall opportunities.

The 2017 Fall Expo was held on November 30th in the Hill Student Center.

  • Presentations — 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Keynote Speaker — 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Awards — 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anthony C. Hood, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his Ph.D. in Management (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy) from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

Dr. Hood’s research, teaching and consulting center on the social, cognitive and behavioral correlates of innovation and strategy in interdisciplinary teams. His research has been published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Production and Operations Management, and the Journal of Business and Psychology among others. Prior to academia, Dr. Hood enjoyed a 10-year career with BellSouth and AT&T in roles such as network engineer, systems designer and sales consultant.

Dr. Hood and his wife Robin, co-founded NHabitBham, a social venture aimed at reducing blight and stimulating investment in underserved and underresourced communities. Their work has received a number of recognitions including a UAB Community Health Innovation Award and a Game Changer Award from the Vulcans Community Awards.

""Recognized for his unwavering commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship that is inclusive, socially responsible, and community-engaged, Dr. Hood has been trusted to serve on the boards of a number of community and economic development organizations at the local, state, and national levels including:

  • Innovate Birmingham, Community Engagement Work Group
  • Alabama Special Care Facilities Financing Authority
  • Industrial Development Board, City of Birmingham
  • Alabama 200 Bicentennial Planning Committee, City of Birmingham
  • Historic Civil Rights District Task Force
  • Birmingham Change Fund
  • Community Investment Network
  • Birmingham Education Foundation
  • Woodlawn Foundation
  • Green Resource Center for Alabama
  • UAB One Great Community Council

Committed to life-long learning and continuous improvement, Dr. Hood continues to seek professional development beyond his doctorate as evidenced by being an alum of programs such as:

  • Leadership Birmingham
  • Stanford University’s Teaching and Learning Studio for Design Thinking
  • Community Health Leadership Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine
  • AACSB Aspiring Leaders Program
  • The Phd Project
  • UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Training Program
  • UAB Clinical and Translational Science Training Program

Previous Events

2016 Fall Expo


  • Poster Presentation Winners
  • Oral Presentation Winners

Arts and Humanities

First Place: Cailet Hardtmann-Huckabee, Xena Stearos, Zoey Sexton, Shayn Bradley

Second Place: Nayivis Cunill

Biological and Life Sciences

First Place: Samantha Thompson

Second Place: Vidushi Sinha, Courtney K. Walker, Rosalinda C. Roberts


First Place: Ben Harvey, Sara Harper, Mira Walker, Carley Blankenship, Tulsi Patel

Second Place: Sawyer Summers, Ayla McCay, Anna Elam, Katelyn Bryant, Tabby Myrick

Honorable Mention: Andrew Cash, Allaire Doussan, Raven Edwards, Yuri Kwon, Rachel Rock, Alexa Wade


First Place: Jacob A. Garcia, Dishant K. Shah, Patrick TJ. Hwang, Anath Shalev, Wanxing Cui, Jeonga Kim, and Ho-Wook Jun

Second Place: Stephen Kelley, Allen Barrow, Britny Lockridge, James Norris, Devonte Finley, Awo Hussen

Health Sciences

First Place: Cody Harrison Smith, Robert Weech-Maldonado and Justin Lord

Second Place: Alexandra Hensley

Physical and Applied Sciences

First Place: Katrina Hatch

Service Learning

First Place: Cecily Buchanan, Annie Cole, Shawni Cotton, Rachel Glass

First Place: Rachel Brawley, Brittany Hope, Leanna Hutto, Mary Lindsey

Second Place: Tyler Smith, Aaron Sellers, Tate Pollock, Hunter Maddox, Matthew Carter, Hunter Grill

Second Place: Tamela Kress, Stephanie Nelms, Toni Morrissette-Smith

Third Place: Dani Mason, Brandon Smith, Mac Howeley, Alysse Lalonde

Social and Behavioral Sciences

First Place: Remy Y. Meir, Stacie K. Totsch, Aaron R. Landis, Tammie L. Quinn & Robert E. Sorge

Second Place: JaVarus Humphries; John Shelley-Tremblay; Tyler Bell; Despina Stavrinos

Works In Progress

First Place: Juhee Agrawal, James Davis, John Gotham

Second Place: Mina Y. Momeni, Heidi M. Johnson, Nicole C. Riddle

Second Place: Reagan Andersen, Shreya Malhotra, Omar Jones

Honorable Mention - Cody Savage, Rosalinda Roberts, Rita Cowell, Allison Dahlberg, Ellen Apple

First Place: Kaustubh Udipi

Second Place: Mugdha Mokashi

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UAB Fall Expo 2016 Poster

The Fall Expo includes both undergraduate research and service learning presentations. The Fall Expo celebrates excellence in research, service learning, creative activity, and scholarship by showcasing the endeavors of undergraduate students.

For service learning, the Expo is an exposition of student and community engagement collaborations from students engaged in service-learning courses. The Expo gives service learning students the opportunity to gain presentation experience and to celebrate the projects and collaborations between community partners, UAB, and our greater community.

The Fall Expo will be held on November 30th in the Hill Student Center. Abstracts are due by November 16th.

Time Event and Location
8:30am-9:15am Student Registration and Poster Set-up
  Outside 3rd Floor Ballrooms
8:45am-9:15am Judge Registration
  Outside 3rd Floor Ballrooms
9:15am-11:15am Poster Presentations
  3rd Floor Ballrooms
11:30am-12:15pm Keynote Speaker
  3rd Floor Ballrooms
12:15pm-12:30pm Award Ceremony and Close
  3rd Floor Ballrooms

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Keynote Speaker

Max Michael

Max Michael is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School.  He was named the fifth dean of the UAB School of Public Health in 2001. 

He currently serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Community Health, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, and director of One Great Community, the community engagement component of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Prior to coming to UAB Michael served as CEO and Medical Director of Cooper Green Hospital where he created the nation’s first managed care program for the uninsured, the Community Care Plan.  He continues to practice internal medicine there.

Expo Winners Summer 2017

  • Poster Presentation Winners
  • Oral Presentation Winners

Biological and Life Sciences

First Place: Colton Houchin

Second Place: Gunnar Eastep, Jiri Vlach, Ruba Ghanam, Carol Carter, Jamil Saad


First Place: Shantasia Thomas


First Place: Chris Nutter

Second Place: Sherilynn Knight

Health Sciences

First Place: Oladele Osisami

Second Place: Aundrea L. Harrison, Camille R. Schneider, Jessica Bahorski, Paula C. Chandler-Laney

Physical and Applied Science

First Place: Nicolas Merino

Second Place: Sabrina Siu

Service Learning

First Place: Aiyana Haydon-Dunnmore, Meredith Minyard, Kiran Mufti

Second Place: Jabrya Davis, Meredith Holmes, Linsley Powers, and Nick Rocha

Social and Behavioral Science

First Place: Josiah J. Robinson, Jenni B. Rouse, Lindsay Stager, Kristin T. Avis, David C. Schwebel

Second Place: Karan P. Patel

Works in Progress

First Place: E Kim, L Hageman

Second Place: Anjali Kamath

First Place: Samantha Thompson

Second Place: Trung Huynh

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Summer Expo

Summer Expo 2017 General Flyer (all info in page text).

The Summer Expo showcased the research and service learning work produced by UAB undergraduates and other students in UAB summer research programs, summer REU programs, and other summer opportunities.

The 2017 Summer Expo was held on July 20th in the Hill Student Center.

  • Presentations — 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Keynote Speaker — 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Awards — 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

Previous Events

2016 Summer Expo

Keynote Speaker

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Steven Yoder is an Assistant Professor and Honors Program Director in the Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been a mentor to countless students guiding them in their research and service learning experiences. He was the recipient of the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research in 2017.

He received his A.B. in Political Science from Duke University and his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law. His business background includes work with Of Counsel, Balch & Bingham LLP, AmSouth Bancorporation, Mellon Bank, and Reed Smith LLP. He has connected to the community by being the founding Chairman of the Vulcan Park Foundation, chairing the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham, United Way of Central Alabama, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, the Railroad Park Foundation, and was the recipient of the 2012 Odessa Woolfolk Community Service Award. His most recent publication is “Encouraging Self-Reflection by Business Honors Students: Reflective Writings, Films, and Self-Assessment,” for Honors in Practice. He will be talking about how to leverage your undergraduate research experiences.