Department of Mathematics

  • Why I Give: Elizabeth and Charlie Scribner

    Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. We asked a few of our supporters to share their stories of why they give and how investing in the College will ensure the success of our future students.

    Many of our donors give to the College as a way of showing their appreciation for the people who inspired and guided them to academic and professional success. We asked a few of our supporters—including Charlie (M.P.A., 2015) and Elizabeth Scribner (M.S., 2011; Ph.D., 2017)—to share their stories of why they give and how investing in the College will ensure the success of our future students.


    Arts & Sciences magazine: What do you do for a living?

    Elizabeth Scribner: I'm an analyst in model risk management and validation at Regions Bank. Charles is executive director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeepers Alabama.

    A&S: Did you benefit from scholarships when you were a student?

    ES: Yes, I was the recipient of a year-long fellowship through the Department of Mathematics, as well as a two-time recipient of the James Ward Memorial Award for Research in Mathematical Biology.

    A&S: What made you decide to make a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences?

    Charles Scribner: UAB is a pivotal force in Birmingham’s renaissance, and the College of Arts and Sciences is the heart of UAB. In two very different CAS graduate school programs, the classes that Elizabeth and I took and the relationships we made have all been invaluable to our careers. I also have the pleasure of now working with College of Arts and Sciences staff in my role as president of the UAB MPA Alumni Society and see their incredible skill and passion for serving the College and the community.

    A&S: Where do you see the College of Arts and Sciences in the next ten years? Fifty years?

    CS: The College of Arts and Sciences does not simply cover an amazingly wide range of important fields, it also connects them through one impeccably organized institution and alumni network. As society is increasingly challenged by division and hostility, the networking and collaborative opportunities the College provides students, faculty, and alumni from many backgrounds and curricula will be crucial for UAB, Birmingham, and the world.

    Donor support is invaluable in ensuring that our students receive the quality education that, regardless of their course of study, will set them on the path to success. For additional information regarding gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences, please contact Camille Epps at or call (205) 996-2154.

  • Entrepreneurial student teams compete and solve real-world problems

    Real-world problems are solved through a two-month entrepreneurship educational experience for students across UAB’s campus.

  • UAB math, public health undergraduate students shine at international research conference

    Undergraduate students won awards for their research in virtual reality and child safety and in stabilization of proteins.

  • Kuzmanic Top 30 Finalist for 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

    A UAB female student-athlete has been named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, recognizing her academic, athletic, leadership and community service success.

  • UAB’s new University Hall fans Blazer spirit with flames, dragon’s tail

    Furnishings in an array of gold and green, an artistic display of Blaze’s flames in metal panels and a colorful terrazzo floor like a dragon’s tail creatively express the spirit of UAB.

  • Meet 5 role models who are inspiring young women to get into engineering

    From national television appearances to hands-on mentoring events, faculty, alumni and students of the School of Engineering demonstrate that innovation and leadership have no boundaries.

  • Four students’ passion for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship lead to outstanding honor

    Four UAB students have been named University Innovation fellows by Stanford University.

  • I am Arts & Sciences: Stephen G. Odaibo, M.D.

    Mathematics alumnus Stephen G. Odaibo, M.D., is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, as well as a mathematician, computer scientist, and physicist.

    Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, as well as a mathematician, computer scientist, and physicist.

    He is currently the co-founder and CEO of RETINA-AI, a biotechnology company that specializes in developing artificial-intelligence software technology to improve physicians' ability to diagnose and treat retinal disease.

    Clinically, Dr. Odaibo focuses on caring for patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, retinal tears, and localized retinal detachments.

    He is the author of two books: Quantum Mechanics and the MRI Machine published in 2012, and The Form of Finite Groups: A Course on Finite Group Theory, published in 2016.

    Dr. Odaibo was part of the Mathematics Fast Track Program at UAB, earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics in 2001 and 2002, respectively. He is the only ophthalmologist in the world with graduate degrees in both math and computer science (Duke, 2009).

    In 2017, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. This award is the College's highest honor, reserved for prominent alumni with a history of excellence in their careers.

    "The UAB Math Fast Track Program was a wonderfully rich experience for me," Dr. Odaibo says. "It provided me with a solid foundation in rigorous critical thinking, which has served me well in my career."

    Read more on Dr. Stephen Odaibo.

    Read more "I am Arts & Sciences" alumni profiles: 
    Sarah Randolph of Birmingham Audubon
    Johnny E. "Rusty" Bates, M.D., of Quality Correctional Health Care
    Christina Richey, Ph.D., of NASA

  • Award winning: What it takes for students to win major scholarships and awards

    The number of College of Arts and Sciences students who win major national and international scholarships and fellowships grows every year. What does it take to win one of these major prizes?

    The number of College of Arts and Sciences students who win major national and international scholarships and fellowships grows every year. What does it take to win one of these major prizes? And what does the achievement mean for our students as they pursue their goals?

    Sarah Faulkner, a 2017 graduate with bachelor’s degrees in art with a concentration in art history and sociology.

    When chemistry major Gunnar Eastep fell asleep early after his last final in fall of 2017, he never dreamed that he’d wake up to a nomination for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. “When I woke up, I saw the nomination and was pretty ecstatic about it,” he says. “All-around, it was a very surreal experience, especially since I had no clue what to expect.”

    He had turned in the application about a month before he found out. “I spent a week writing terrible drafts and deleting them the next day,” he says. “I found it challenging to write a succinct and interesting personal statement without sounding overly clichéd.”

    But this portion of the application wasn’t the only part that challenged Eastep. Outside of the personal statement and description of future goals, the application also requires students to write a research proposal detailing the work they’ve already accomplished as well as discussing what comes next. However, unlike most scientific journals, this proposal has to be written in the first person.

    For Eastep, this portion meant detailing the research he’d pursued under Dr. Jamil Saad, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, who has a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Here, he’d studied the role of a particular protein in certain portions of retrovirus replication. Before last summer, his work had focused on the protein’s role in replicating the avian sarcoma virus.

    Eastep says the support he received from faculty was critical to his completion of the application, and his success in winning the Goldwater. “Without Dr. Saad and the experiences I’ve had doing research in his lab, winning the Goldwater scholarship wouldn’t have been possible,” he says. “It certainly gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.

    ”Dr. Gray in the chemistry department has been a great help for me, too,” Eastep adds. ”He was the professor for several of my chemistry courses and wrote one of my recommendations for the scholarship. Although he didn't mentor my research, he was so helpful in giving career advice and has undoubtedly been my favorite professor.”


    The science-focused Goldwater Scholarship is only one of the many prestigious scholarships and fellowships that College of Arts and Sciences students can apply for. These programs range widely from scholarships for students in specific disciples to fellowships, which provide short-term learning opportunities. These experiences also vary: some support research projects at specific universities, while others are aimed at developing independent research projects on a myriad of subjects.

    Sources of funding for these programs are just as diverse as the offerings themselves. Some, like the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, are sponsored by federal government agencies to bolster international relationships. Other governmental agencies fund scholarships aimed at ensuring future public servants speak languages critical to international diplomacy.

    From left to right: Anthonia Carter, Gunnar Eastep, and Ayla McCay

    These few programs are only the tip of the iceberg. Yet other programs are financed by private trusts to encourage traditionally marginalized groups to participate in specific fields, and others include on-campus research programs sponsored by multiple organizations from various backgrounds.

    In addition to strengthening recipients’ resumes, many of these programs also connect participants with their alumni networks, adding an additional level of value with professional connections.

    Depending on a student’s major and interests, one or several of these programs may be a fit. But one thing is consistent across all of these offerings: the application process is rigorous. Writing essays, securing recommendation letters, and, if necessary, preparing for interviews is time-consuming, and requires long-term hard work and focus. Although the payoff is great, there is a significant time commitment involved in getting there.


    Recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship like Eastep receive a set amount of money each year to put towards books, living expenses, tuition, and other fees. Although Eastep believes he would be pursuing a very similar course of study and research if he had not been chosen, he calls the scholarship a big confidence boost. “Being awarded the Goldwater scholarship has been immensely gratifying considering how long I’ve been working as a student researcher,” he says. “It’s definitely a massive boon to my career prospects, and particularly graduate applications.”

    Senior neuroscience student Jasmin Revanna

    Other students benefit from the research opportunities afforded by fellowships rather than scholarships. One such program is the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program, which provides summer research opportunities at one of 10 universities around the country. Funded by the Amgen Foundation, this program connects participants from all over the world while also allowing them to undertake a rigorous research program under different faculty. Senior neuroscience student Jasmin Revanna attended the 2017 session at Caltech, and used her time in the fellowship to optimize a genetic editing tool to activate and deactivate targeted genes in nematodes.

    Each of the Amgen schools has an individual application process. In addition to the traditional personal statements, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Caltech also requires applicants to identify a researcher and work with them to write a research proposal for their time in the program, says Revanna. “This takes a lot of communicating back and forth, so starting early is always recommended.”

    To continue her 2017 research, she applied to the 2018 WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech. This fellowship is designed to open the school’s research resources to demographics that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, and Revanna applied in hopes of returning to the same lab to test the system she’d built the summer before.

    Though her research focus ended up being different—there, she built more than 100 tools for the public to use to study the role of specific neurotransmitters in nematodes—she feels that both experiences were extremely valuable.

    “These fellowships helped me discover what I want to do after graduation, which is go to graduate school,” she says. Revanna continues that these two fellowships have given her the confidence to apply to high caliber graduate programs to further her studies. But she’s not limiting herself to only one possibility: Revanna is also currently applying for a Fulbright fellowship to do research abroad.


    The Fulbright fellowship is arguably one of the most recognizable fellowship programs in the world. They award approximately 1,900 grants annually to students and recent graduates who want to do projects to study culture or science or to teach abroad. In 2018, six UAB students received the honor. Sarah Faulkner, who graduated in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in art with a concentration in art history and sociology, applied to the program to study the textile art of the Lepcha, a cultural group indigenous to Sikkim, India.

    During her time abroad, Faulkner will research and compile a record of the Lepcha’s crafts, study the local language, and begin studying local Buddhist art. “Due to both their integration with daily life and the history associated with them, Lepcha textiles represent a vibrant, fundamental facet of Lepcha heritage,” she says. “I aim to highlight both Lepcha culture and their arts, which go hand-in-hand. I hope to also learn more about the Lepcha’s folklore, performative arts, and language, which is an essential factor of the Lepcha identity.”




    Class of 2017

    Muna Al-Safarjalani graduated in 2017 with a degree in chemistry. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy.


    Class of 2015

    After graduating with a degree in communication studies in 2015, Rebecca Egeland joined the Southern Company as a research communication specialist on the Research and Development Team. She also has a budding music career. In her free time, she’s a singer-songwriter, and can often be found at an open mic or playing a local venue with a ukulele in hand.


    Class of 2012

    Brendan Rice graduated with a degree in international studies in 2012 and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable international agriculture at the University of Göttingen (Germany) as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to this, Rice worked for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Sierra Leone and Italy. He also worked in Uganda with smallholder farmers to promote food security.


    Class of 2017

    Massoud graduated in 2017 with a degree in international studies. He currently works with CAIR Alabama (Council on American-Islamic Relations) as a government affairs coordinator, where he is charged with educating and engaging voters for increased civic participation.

    Faulkner says she worked on her application every day for about four months. Though the process was rigorous, it was made easier because she had a clear idea of what she wanted to do. “Even so, I must have gone through at least three dozen drafts of my essays, which included a personal statement and a rather detailed outline of my research objectives and methods,” she says.

    “You have to think in concrete terms and explain your plan and purpose unambiguously,” she continues. “The only advice I have for that is just to be well-read on the area you plan to stay in and culture you intend to study, your research, and other similar projects that could serve as guides for your own. I personally took inspiration from the work already being done by various government-sponsored institutes across India to preserve the country’s traditional arts and the methodology of the cataloging work that I had done in the past as an undergraduate.”

    Another federally funded program open to about 600 students each year is the Critical Language Scholarship Program. Students who receive this scholarship undergo an eight-week language immersion in a language important to national security and economic prosperity. At the same time, students are also learning about and living in the culture they’ve studied to enhance their understanding.

    For UAB Honors College Global Community Leadership program student Ayla McCay, the scholarship enabled her to study Korean as part of her goal to work in international human rights.

    The application process, she says, was straightforward, but the impact the program had on her future plans was unexpected. “As a student from a low-income background, I never thought that studying abroad would be an option,” she says. “Because of CLS and the help of our fellowship office, my life is going in a direction I never thought would be possible.”

    All of the students are shepherded through the application and selection process by Ashley Floyd Kuntz, Ph.D., fellowships director and assistant professor in the UAB Honors College. Dr. Kuntz says that all of the students applying for fellowships and scholarships, regardless of whether they are members of the Honors College or not, have a tremendous support system around them—one that goes all the way to the top. "We are fortunate to have the strong support of President Watts," she says. "Dr. Watts makes time each fall to meet with nominees and learn about the projects they’re proposing. He advises students to be themselves, even when facing intimidating interview panels, and he encourages students to believe in their potential to compete at the highest levels. Few university presidents take such a sincere interest in getting to know students and celebrating their successes."


    Some of these programs support recent grads’ graduate studies. Anthonia Carter, who graduated with degrees in mathematics and art, applied for and received the Fulbright Study/Research grant to pursue a degree in multidisciplinary innovation at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. The application process was pretty standard, she says. “I chose to pursue this because I come from a multidisciplinary background of mathematics and art. I’m passionate about giving back and teaching kids that anyone is capable of learning and giving them the confidence to learn.”

    The hardest part, she continues, was opening up to write her personal statement. “The easiest thing to do is to talk about my academic background. It was harder to open up and let them see what motivates me—to tell them that I was raised by a single mom who said that if I didn’t do well, she wouldn’t pay for college.”

    During her time in the program, she has learned a lot about identifying and solving organizational, systemic, and creative problems in many industries. All of this, she says, is in preparation to get her Ph.D., and to one day open a youth-focused community center.


    For some of these students, the award has only solidified their future plans. But for a few of them, this experience has completely changed the trajectory of their lives. “My time in Korea has definitely changed my plans for the future,” McCay says. “[While] applying for CLS, I thought that Korean language and culture would only be a small part of my career going forward with international human rights. Now, I cannot see a future that does not involve going back to Korea.”

  • The Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship: A Blazing the Way Scholarship

    Johnny “Rusty” Edward Bates, M.D. has established the Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship in the Department of Mathematics—one of UAB's new Blazing the Way Scholarships.

    Johnny “Rusty” Edward Bates, M.D. has established the Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship in the Department of Mathematics—one of UAB's new Blazing the Way Scholarships.

    Dr. Bates received his B.S. in mathematics from UAB in 1979 and his M.D. from the UAB School of Medicine in 1983. He is the founder, president and CEO of Quality Correctional Healthcare and is a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Board, the UAB National Alumni Society Board of Directors, and has been a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Business Top 25 Awards in 2016 and 2017.

    The Blazing the Way program is an initiative by which UAB provides a 1:1 match for annual scholarships. Scholarships are automatically renewable for three additional years as long as the recipients remain in good standing.

    The Henry E. Bates, Jr. Scholarship has been awarded to Grace Lewis, a first-time freshman from Hoover High School. In addition to majoring in math at UAB, Grace is also a member of the UAB Teach program and has a goal to be a math teacher after graduation, ideally teaching internationally.

  • Recommendations on websites could improve with new algorithm

    Tensor completion algorithm proposed for use in making recommendations via Netflix and Amazon.

  • Record number of UAB students, alumni selected for prestigious Fulbright Student Program

    Six students will travel abroad to study, teach or conduct research for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • Outstanding Math Students

    Several of our students have been recognized for outstanding research and academics.

    Fast-track student Garrett Higginbotham won second place in the Physical and Applied Sciences category at the 2018 UAB Spring EXPO. The EXPO celebrates excellence in research, creative activity and scholarship by showcasing the academic endeavors of undergraduate students. This provides a platform for practicing and strengthening presentation skills, sharing work, engaging with like-minded peers, exchanging research experiences and ideas as well as receiving feedback from both peers and faculty.

    Ahmed Ghatasheh, Kevin Campbell, and Simon Harris were chosen as the department's Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Outstanding Master's Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student, respectively.

    Congratulations to all.

  • Introducing the new members of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Board

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce the new alumni board members for 2018.

    These eleven board members graduated from a variety of programs at UAB and were students during different eras. They've also pursued careers in a wide range of fields.

    • Johnny (Rusty) Bates: Founder, President and CEO, QCHC, Inc. Math, 1979; M.D., 1983
    • Kristin Chapleau: Program Specialist II, UAB Biomedical Sciences Program. Communication Studies, 2004; M.A. Education, 2005
    • Kathleen Drake: Head of School, Foundations Early Learning & Family Center. Social Work, 1992
    • Mike Guest: CEO and President, Guest Associates. Individually Designed, 1987
    • Joe Maluff: President, JAM Food Company. Psychology, 1996
    • Natasha Moore: Banker, Hometown Bank of Alabama. Criminal Justice, 2010
    • Tim Meehan: Vice President of Senior Services, Always Best Care. Communication Studies, 1986
    • Alexander Shunnarah: President and CEO, Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C. Political Science, 1991
    • Tim Stephens: CEO, Tim Stephens Media LLC. Individually Designed, 2015
    • Tom Walker: Associate Attorney, Maples, Tucker & Jacobs, LLC. Political Science, 2002
    • Stephen Walsh: Partner, Adams and Reese. Math, 1995

    Want to get involved? Join the UAB National Alumni Society: Arts & Sciences Chapter.

  • BMEN program at UAB celebrates 10 years

    A peer mentoring group for black male students, BMEN is designed to provide academic and social support to those entering UAB.

  • Celebrating the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards

    These annual awards highlight the diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service of our alumni.

    The 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards recipients were honored Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at a reception at the UAB Alumni House. Honorees and guests were welcomed by Dean Palazzo, and the awards presentation was emceed by WVUA-TV managing editor, Mike Royer.

    These annual awards highlight the diverse talents, professional accomplishments, and community service of our alumni. Congratulations to the five deserving award winners!

    Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

    The College's highest honor, this award is reserved for prominent alumni with a history of excellence in their careers.

    Stephen G. Odaibo, M.D.

    B.S. in Mathematics, 2001; M.S. in Mathematics, 2002

    Dr. Stephen G. Odaibo is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist, as well as a mathematician, computer scientist, and physicist. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of RETINA-AI, a biotechnology company the specializes in developing artificial-intelligence software technology to improve physicians' ability to diagnose and treat retinal disease.

    Xiaqing Wu, Ph.D.

    M.S. in Computer Science, 2001; Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2003

    Dr. James Wu is the co-founder and CEO of DeepMap, a startup in Silicon Valley which develops high-definition maps for self-driving cars. After graduating from UAB, Dr. Wu worked as a TechLead software engineer for companies such as Apple and Google.

    Distinguished Young Alumni Award

    This award honors young alumni who have made significant professional accomplishments at an early stage in their careers.

    Andrew Brashier

    B.A. in History; B.A. in Political Science, 2007

    Andrew Brashier, principal at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles P.C., has practiced law in the consumer fraud section since joining the firm in Sept. 2010. He has focused primarily on consumer class action lawsuits and whistle blowing, including representing consumers and financial institutions harmed by the Target, Home Depot, and Community Health Systems data breaches.

    Walter Eric Meyer, IV

    B.S. in Individually Designed Major, 2001

    Eric Meyer is a managing partner and head brewer at Cahaba Brewing Company, founded in 2011 with the goal of providing clean and consistent craft beers. Meyer is also a full-time paramedic and firefighter for the Mountain Brook Fire Department.

    Alumni Service Award

    This award honors alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the local, national, or global community.

    Gillian Goodrich

    M.A. in History, 1975

    Gillian Goodrich, along with her husband Mike, is the co-founder of the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation which serves and supports communities in the Birmingham metropolitan area, the Black Belt, and the State of Alabama since 2008. Goodrich later established the Woodlawn Foundation in 2012, whose mission is to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the transformation and revitalization of the Woodlawn community in Birmingham.

    She currently serves on the Boards of the YWCA, Gateway, and the Alabama Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.

    [widgetkit id="22" name="CAS - 2017 Alumni Awards"]

  • News Update 2017

    News updates from the Department of Mathematics.

    News updates from the Department of Mathematics for the year 2017.

    • On October 24 Elizabeth Scribner successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis Mathematical Modeling of Brain Tumors Advances Patient Care, Oncogenesis, and the Use of in Silico Clinical Trials. Her studies were directed by Dr. H. Fathallah.
    • The following have been awarded Scholarships for 2017-2018:
      • Sandeep Vejandla won the Brin Scholarship.
      • Simon Harris won the Bond Memorial Scholarship.
      • Kevin Campbell won the Kauffman Scholarship.
      • Alyssa Wilke won the Severin Scholarship.
      • Ahmed Ghatasheh won the Ward Memorial Scholarship.
      • Jonathan Kelleher won the Warner Scholarship.
      • Kaitlyn Lee won the Travis Wood Memorial Scholarship. 
      • Kenneth Davis, Garrett Higginbotham, Harrison Mansour, Sakar Prasain, and Norman Schmitz won Department of Mathematics Scholarships.
    • Fast-track student Garrett Higginbotham won an Alabama Space Grant Scholarship Award for FY2017-18.
    • Fast-track student Kenneth Davis won a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the US State Department and a Freeman-ASIA Scholarship sponsored by the Freeman Foundation. Kenneth will use these to study in Japan.
    • On March 24 Ivan Mann successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis A Metrically Defined Uniformization Map of Planar Domains. His studies were directed by Dr. L. Oversteegen.
    • Former Fast-track student Rachel Ejem (now Anthonia Carter) has been selected for a Fulbright award to the United Kingdom. She will study Multidisciplinary Innovation in Newcastle upon Tyne.
    • Elizabeth Scribner won one of three College of Arts and Sciences’ 2017 Dean's Awards on the Graduate level.

  • Remarkable Generosity

    Donors establish five new endowments in the College—the most ever received in one year.

    The William Oversteegen Bond Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics

    Simon Harris, a senior mathematics major and member of the SciTech Honors Program in the UAB Honors College, is the first recipient of the William Oversteegen Bond Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics.

    The scholarship was established by Meredith J. Bond and Dr. lex G. Oversteegen, together with Dr. Jeanne S. Hutchison. and Dr. john C. Mayer, to honor the late William Oversteegen Bond, a strong mathematics student, gifted mathematics teacher, and son of Bond and Oversteegen.

    William Oversteegen Bond attended Auburn University before transferring to UAB, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math in 2007 and 2009. He taught at Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, and had just begun teaching AP mathematics classes at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) when he passed away in August 2016.

    Dr. Lex Oversteegen is a longtime faculty member and former chair of the Department of Mathematics. Out of their love for William, fellow mathematics faculty members Dr. Jeanne Hutchinson and Dr. John Mayer joined Oversteegen and Bond in establishing the endowment. Dr. Mayer was particularly close to William and collaborated with him on several projects and lectures while he was a student.

    With their gift, the donors have chosen to support students like Harris in the department’s Math Fast Track Program, which allows students to attain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years or less. Dr. Oversteegen is one of the co-directors of the program.

    “William was well on his way to becoming an outstanding mathematics teachers at ASFA,” Dr. Mayer says. “His loss was keenly felt by his students there and by his former teachers, like me, in the Department of Mathematics. I could not think of any better way to keep his memory alive than to have it associated with the Fast-Track Program in Mathematics.”

    Harris says he’s grateful for the financial and academic support he’s received from the department. “It was an honor to receive the Oversteegen Bond scholarship,” he says. “It alleviated some of the financial burdens I was facing, allowing me to better focus on my studies. In addition, working with Dr. Mayer has given me numerous opportunities to grow as a math major, including attending conferences to present the work I've done with him. His encouragement has led me to make worthwhile friendships with people in the math department who have pushed me to work harder.”

    Michel de Montaigne Endowed Prize in the History of Ideas

    Dr. Catherine Daniélou, Senior Associate Dean, has endowed a prize designed to enable faculty scholarship, recognize their achievements, and enable them to grow as educators and thinkers. Her endowment will provide a cash prize and award for an outstanding and unique scholarly essay in the history of ideas written by any member of the UAB faculty.

    The award is named in honor of the great humanist writer Michel de Montaigne, whose pioneering achievements in Western philosophy and his portrayal of the human condition are inspirations to Dr. Danielou.

    Dr. Danielou was born and educated in France. She was selected by the French government to serve as a teaching assistant at Michigan State University, where she subsequently stayed to receive her master’s and doctoral degrees. She was recruited to UAB, where she has taught for nearly 30 years and now serves as Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Her generous gift will enhance the lives of those who teach in the College and throughout UAB, and will be of significant and enduring value to all of those whose knowledge will be enriched by the work of the prizewinners.

    Dr. James C. McCroskey Endowed Graduate Student Support Fund in Communication Studies

    An endowed support fund has been established in the Department of Communication Studies with a goal to assist in recruiting students to the M.A. in Communication Management Graduate Program. Focus will be given to undergraduate students in the Department who rely on additional financial support to continue their educational careers at UAB.

    The endowment is named for Dr. James C. McCroskey, a pioneer in the field of communication studies. After a long academic career at a number of leading U.S. universities, he joined the UAB faculty as a scholar-in-residence in 2006, when his partner in life, Dr. Virginia Peck Richmond, accepted the chair position in the Department of Communication Studies. The Endowed Graduate Support Fund honors

    Dr. McCroskey’s years of devoted service to the university, his contributions to the field of communication studies, and his longtime goal of mentoring new generations of students.

    Dr. McCroskey passed away on December 27, 2012, and is survived by Dr. Richmond and their six children, as well as the countless students and colleagues for whom Dr. McCroskey was a mentor and inspiration.

    The James McClintock Endowed Scholarship in Polar and Marine Biology

    David and Kathleen Hollows have created an endowed scholarship to be used to provide financial assistance to deserving students in the Department of Biology.

    The scholarship is named for Dr. James McClintock to honor and pay tribute to his achievements as an expert in Antarctic marine biology and climate change science, as well as for his dedicated service to UAB.

    Dr. McClintock earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his master’s in zoology and his doctorate in biology at the University of South Florida. He joined the UAB faculty in 1997 and is currently the University Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology.

    Over the course of his 30 years at UAB, Dr. McClintock has established himself as a global leader in the study of marine invertebrate nutrition and reproduction. Over the past decade, he has expanded his research to encompass studies of the impacts of rapid climate change and ocean acidification on Antarctic marine algae and invertebrates. He has been honored with numerous awards and currently serves as a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy and as an Advisory Board Member for the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

    Dr. McClintock met the Mr. and Mrs. Hollows on an expedition cruise to Antarctica in January 2017. David Hollows is a native of Cheshire, England and received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, which he used to build a successful career in the brewery business at Whitbread Co. Ltd. and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. He also led a Best Practice Exchange program at Tsingtao Co. in China Kathy, a Pennsylvania native earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing and worked for many years as a rehabilitation nurse.

    During their travels together, Dr. McClintock and the Hollowses bonded over their shared belief that humans can influence the rate of climate change. It is the couple’s desire that this scholarship honor Dr. McClintock’s continuing legacy by assisting worthy students as they develop the skills they need to become experts in climate change science who can present their findings to the greater public.

  • Alumni Honored at UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Event

    Thirteen College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2017 class of the  Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 23, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    Thirteen College of Arts and Sciences alumni were honored as members of the 2017 class of the  Excellence in Business Top 25 on Friday, June 23, at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    These deserving graduates were among 25 UAB alumni recognized for their success at a company they founded, own, or manage. Bates and Stephens also received additional awards in the Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies category. Donohoo was named No. 1 and Bates was named No. 2 in the category of Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies with revenue over $10 million, and Stephens was named No. 2 in the category of Top 3 Fastest Growing Companies with revenue under $10 million.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    Janet Anderson

    Anderson is Director of Business Development for The Legacy Connection, a full-service telecommunication company based in Tuscaloosa that provides answering, receptionist, and other business services. She graduated with a degree in communication studies in 2001.

    Johnny Edward Bates, M.D.

    Bates is founder, president, and CEO of Quality Correctional Health Care (QCHC) in Birmingham. He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978 before completing his Doctor of Medicine in 1983.

    Chris Donohoo

    Donohoo is is the founder of DonohooAuto, LLC in Pelham, a dealership specializing in pre-owned vehicles with an inventory of more than 1,000 cars and trucks and a staff of more than two dozen. He earned his Bachelor of Science in history from UAB in 2000.

    Mark Gray

    Gray is Vice President of Sales for Lighting Solutions, Inc., which provides lighting products and services, as well as energy solutions, for customers across the State of Alabama, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the Florida Panhandle. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice in 1998.

    Michael Guest

    Guest is CEO of Guest Associates, a Huntsville-based firm that provides business development, consulting and marketing to companies seeking business with the Department of Defense, NASA, and a wide range of other agencies companies. He graduated with an individually designed major in 1987.

    Valerie Hunter

    Hunter is Managing Partner at Hunter & Hein, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, a Charlotte, North Carolina firm. She graduated with a degree in political science in 2009.

    Sandy Killion

    Killion is CEO and Principal of Vulcan Industrial Contractors, a certified, woman-owned industrial contractor providing industrial construction, maintenance, operations support, and environmental services. She graduated with a degree in history in 1981.

    Joy O'Neal

    O'Neal is the executive director at The Red Barn in Leeds. After completing her Bachelor of Science in History from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1990, she earned her Master of Public Administration in 2010.

    Blake Prime

    Prime is co-owner of Godspeed Elite Sports Academy, a full-service gym and training facility in Pelham. (Read more about Prime and Godspeed on page 34.) A former UAB football player, Prime graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in biology in 2006 and an MBA from the Collat School of Business in 2011.

    Charles M. Reuse

    Reuse is President of Alabama Controls, Inc., an energy management and security technology company with offices in Pelham, Montgomery, Huntsville, and Gulf Shores. He received his degree in communication studies in 1994.

    Lance Rhodes

    Rhodes is founder co-owner of Godspeed Elite Sports Academy, a full-service gym and training facility in Pelham. (Read more about Rhodes and GodspeedIn the Fall 2017 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine.) A former UAB football player, Rhodes graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in history in 2006.

    Alexander Shunnarah

    Shunarrah is CEO of Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, P.C., a firm with 19 offices in 5 Southeastern states, with 85 attorneys working in 24 practice areas. Shunnarah graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in political science in 1991.

    Tim Stephens

    Stephens is the vice president of Strategic Partnerships for SportsManias in Miami, Florida. He completed his individually designed Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

    [widgetkit id="12" name="MAGAZINE - Fall 2017 - Business Top 25"]

  • UAB breaks ground on new Arts and Sciences Building

    The state-of-the-art $39.5 million building, which will be located on the corner of 10th Avenue South and 14th Street South, is a result of the rapid growth of UAB’s undergraduate and graduate programs.