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Campbell Hall 460-B
(205) 934-9680

Research and Teaching Interests: Transfer student retention, peer to peer mentoring, 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

Sami Raut is, by training, an environmental toxicologist who came to the United States many years ago as a first-generation international graduate student in STEM. As a proud blazer alumnus, she embarked on her professional career at a Hispanic institution in north-west Georgia before returning to UAB in 2012 as one of the primary course masters for the gateway courses in the department of biology. She now finds her calling in teaching various undergraduate classes by embracing the realms of scientific teaching. Furthermore, this immersion has led her to find her passion in pursuing biology education research which now engages many undergraduate students at UAB. Finally, she envisions every college student can build a career in STEM that can pave way towards an empowering future that helps to push the frontiers of science towards novel discoveries and inventions. Let her know if she can help you forge on this life-changing transformative journey in STEM!

Research Interests

Sami’s interest in biology education is focused on analyzing the factors that promote teaching and learning in the context of peer to peer mentoring groups for gateway courses. She is also interested in exploring the factors that contribute towards the retention of first -generation, minority, and transfer students in STEM. She has an active area of interest in utilizing service-learning as a community engagement tool for general education majors. Sami is the co-founder and Co-PI on the NSF-RCN funded network ROSE (Research on STEM Education) network at UAB.

Recent Courses

  • BY 123: Introductory Biology I
  • BY 124: Introductory Biology II
  • BY 101: Topics in Contemporary Biology
  • BY 261: Introduction to Microbiology
  • BY 488 –02 Instructional Teaching Practicum (academic service-learning)
  • 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
  • Signature CORE faculty fellow, UAB, 2019-2021
  • Scientific Teaching Fellow – National Institutes on Scientific Teaching, Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, 2018

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

  • Michael Howell
  • Karishma Praboo
  • Cinnamin Cross
  • Diana Bucio
  • Bianca Convers
  • Kynadi Brasfield
  • Amber Sanders
  • Priya Patel

Graduate Students

  • Effie Nicke
  • Ryleigh Fleming
  • Joshua Bishop


  • Christina Morra (MERIT-IRACDA)
  • Keri Kemp (MERIT-IRACDA)


  • Sebastian Schormann (UAB - School of Medicine)
  • Anna Jones (UAB - School of Medicine)
  • Rachel Rock (Graduate student, UK)
  • Gabrielle Richards (UAB - PA School)
  • Tamara Montes (UAB – School of Education – MS)
  • Daniel Mendoza (School of Education – George Washington, MS)
  • James Boyett (aspirant MD-PhD)
  • Tam Tran (aspirant PA school)

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