Samiksha (Sami) Raut headshot.

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Campbell Hall 104
(205) 934-9680

Research and Teaching Interests: Undergraduate STEM Education, Future STEM Faculty Training, Service-Learning, Sustainability, International STEM outreach

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Nagpur University, Biology
  • M.S., Nagpur University, Biology
  • Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Environmental Toxicology

Dr. Raut is a broadly trained biologist with an emphasis on Environmental Toxicology. She started at UAB in 2012 as one of the primary course masters for Introductory Biology. Prior coming to UAB, she was a tenure track faculty at Dalton State College. Besides Introductory Biology, she is involved in teaching non-majors microbiology and biology. Her teaching philosophy is focused on creating an all-inclusive classroom by introducing cutting- edge pedagogical techniques with an active emphasis on team-based learning, sustainability, and service learning. Outside the classroom, she enjoys interacting with the undergraduates and serves as a faculty advisor for Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society, Disabilities Advocates Organization and International Rescue Committee.

Dr. Raut is also involved with CIRTL UAB in the training of future STEM faculty members and has successfully designed two new courses for this program. She serves as a shadowing mentor for graduate students and post-docs. Additionally, Dr. Raut also serves as a mentor for special topics in biology for master’s students and undergraduate research mentor for Biology Education projects. If you interested in joining her ongoing research projects, please send her an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Research Interests

Analyzing the impact of professional development on STEM faculty, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants. Assessing the efficacy of different interventions in majors and non-majors biology courses.

Recent Courses

  • BY 123: Introductory Biology I
  • BY 124: Introductory Biology II
  • BY 101: Topics in Contemporary Biology
  • BY 261: Introduction to Microbiology
  • BY 695-02 (Special Topics): Bio I-CIRTL
  • BY 696-02B: CIRTL Service Learning Workshop

Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies

  • Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning, 2019
  • Inaugural recipient of the Deans Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2018
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award for Phi Sigma Biological Honors Society, 2018
  • Disability Support Services Outstanding Faculty Award, 2017
  • Biology Teaching Assistant Project Scholar (Bio-TAP), NSF-RCN-UBE, 2017
  • Promoting Active Learning and Mentoring Network fellow, 2017
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society, Vice-President, UAB chapter, 2018-2019
  • ROSE Network, co-founder
  • American Association for Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education
  • Society for the Advancement of Biological Research

Student Groups

  • Faculty Advisor, Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society
  • Faculty Advisor, Disabilities Advocates Organization
  • Faculty Advisor, International Rescue Committee
  • Member, Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Member, Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society


Undergraduate Students

  • Anna Jones
  • Daniel Mendoza
  • James Boyett
  • Rachel Rock
  • Sebastian Schormann
  • Gabrielle Richards
  • Tamara Montes

Graduate Students

  • Effie Nicke


  • Tam Tran (undergraduate student)

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