With two Rhodes Scholars chosen from the previous six cohorts, there are high expectations for the 35-five students in the class of 2016 cohort of the Collat School of Business Honors Program. Participants in the Honors Program are selected on the basis of their academic performance in courses at the School of Business and in courses elsewhere at UAB, and on the basis of faculty and advisor recommendations.
Most of Collat School of Business disciplines are represented among the majors of the students. In addition, there are also some non-business disciplines represented from students who have majors outside of business, but who see business as a smart complement to their non-business studies. The majors of the 2016 cohort are:
• Management (9 students)
• Finance (8 students)
• Industrial Distribution (7 students)
• Accounting (4 students0
• Economics (3 students)
• Biology (1 student)
• Information Systems (1 student)
• Neuroscience (1 student)
• Political Science (1 student)
Many of the students in the Honors Program are either UAB Ambassadors (students selected to serve as the university's official hosts and hostesses) or Collat School of Business Student Leaders (students who assist in recruiting and other external school activities).
There are three courses in the Honors Program, which typically begin in the spring semester of a student’s junior year, and all of which are aimed at developing students’ leadership abilities:
• A principles of leadership course, including an introduction to business presentation skills;
• A strategic leadership course in which CEOs of large organizations present to and interact with students; and
• An independent study course in which students make presentations at the UAB Undergraduate Research Expo in April of their senior years.
The Honors Program is one of several honors programs offered at UAB to provide an enriched experience for high ability students. The UAB Honors College consists of several university-wide programs as well as other department- or school-based programs like the Collat School of Business program. Several students in the Collat School of Business program are also participants in university-wide programs, including the Early Medical School Acceptance Program, the University Honors Program, and the Science and Technology Honors Program.
Honors Program class of 2010 cohort member Josh Carpenter and class of 2015 cohort member Ameen Barghi were named as Rhodes Scholars in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Josh is completing his D. Phil. In Political Science from Oxford University while simultaneously beginning work with Viva Health in Birmingham. Ameen began studying Public Policy at Oxford in September 2015. Andrew Milstead, a class of 2015 cohort member and Finance major, was selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiatives University in March 2015. Amanda Viikinsalo, a Finance major in the 2016 cohort and a student in the University Honors Program, was recently a finalist in the “Wicked Problems” case competition sponsored by the UAB School of Public Health.
CEOs of most of Birmingham’s publicly-traded and large private companies, and thought leaders such as Neal Berte, president emeritus of Birmingham Southern College, and Drayton Nabers, former CEO of Protective Life Corporation and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, have visited with participants in the Honors Program.
(Pictured left to right, front row: Richard Trieu, Viny Memula; Brian Haynes; Margot Beerman; Jonathan Pilgrim; Anaiza Medina; Miriam Semaan; Amanda Viikinsalo; Austin Yost; Christian Maziarz; Kayla Bryant; Steven Cole; Kelly McAninch; Rachel Gomes; Daniel Morriss; Devin O’Rourke. Second row: Hongji Liu; Colton Spates; Imani Burnett-Byard; Kevin Molloy; Glynna Siegler; Audrey Taho; Laura Seick; Olivia Rouss; Amanda Rice; Boyang Sun; Spencer Herndon; Kathleen Neighbors; Josh Park. Not pictured: Alex Cason; Jordan Giddens; Joey Jones; Becky Jurgens; Jennifer Praytor)