10 11 18 Join Now   10 11 18 Give   10 11 18 UAB News           Facebook ICON   Twitter ICON   LinkedIn ICON   Instagram ICON   You Tube ICON

OnlineIn 2017, the UAB National Alumni Society started to identify, recognize and award five young alumni who have demonstrated an ability to excel personally and professionally while committing time and energy in service to the university and local community. As the award name suggests, these five young alumni are rising stars in their careers and are blazing a path for future generations of young alumni.

The Young Alumni Rising Star Awards were conceived by the UAB National Alumni Society's Junior Board, a body of UAB alumni ages 35 and under, who advise the NAS on matters related to young alumni programming and communications.

The recipients of the 2018 UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards were honored during a special reception at AEIVA on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

Michelle Cardel, Ph.D.

2009 MS - School of Health Professions
2012 PHD - School of Health Professions

Assistant Professor & Registered Dietician
University of Florida

Asha Dickerson, Ph.D.

2004 BS - College of Arts & Sciences
2005 BA - School of Education
2009 MA - School of Education

Director of Training
Argosy University, Atlanta

Mohamed Gallow

2014 MS - School of Engineering


Aaron Neal, Ph.D.

2010 BS - College of Arts & Sciences
Honors College/Science & Technology Honors

International Health Scientist
National Institutes of Health

Katrina Watson

2016 MPA - College of Arts & Sciences

President & Executive Director
The Literacy Council of Central Alabama

IMG 3839
IMG 3842
IMG 3843
IMG 3845
IMG 3847
IMG 3849
IMG 3851
IMG 3852
IMG 3856
IMG 3859
IMG 3861
IMG 3863
IMG 3865
IMG 3867
IMG 3871
IMG 3872
IMG 3874
IMG 3876
IMG 3878
IMG 3881

Eligibility requirements for the UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards

Eligibility: Persons eligible for the award shall be a living UAB alumni who:

  • Are 35 years of age or younger at the end of the year in which they are nominated.
  • Received an undergraduate or graduate degree from UAB.

Award Selection Committee members, NAS Board of Directors, Junior Board, UAB Alumni Affairs staff and their immediate family members are ineligible to receive the award.

Factors to Consider:

  • Personal and professional accomplishments.
  • Commitment of volunteer time to civic and community organizations.
  • Service to UAB during their time as a student or an alumni.


  • Nominations will be accepted from June 1 - June 30, 2018.
  • Nominees must have a completed nomination form and either one letter of recommendation or resume.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

Selection Committee and Process:  The Selection Committee will consist of a group of 5 to 7 members of the NAS Board of Directors, Junior Board and a non-voting representative from the UAB Alumni Affairs staff.  Following the close of the nomination period, the committee will meet to review nominations and select the five most eligible recipients. 

2017 UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Award winners

Callie Andrews COO & Facility Compliance Officer   WellStar Cobb Hospital
Andrew Brashier Principal  Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C.
Anand Iyer, M.D. Instructor of Medicine UAB Hospital
Christina Richey, Ph.D.      Senior Scientist at NASA HQ ASRC Federal
Erin Yarbrough Senior Director of the Hospitalist Service      UAB Medicine