Student Achievement

The Graduate Student Government, or GSG, is the governing body of graduate students at UAB. The GSG Senate is composed of student representatives from all departments. The organization recently held elections for its 2020-21 officers. Welcome to the new GSG leadership team.

The Graduate School recognized five doctoral students and five master’s students as recipients of the 2020 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.

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UAB Graduate School hosted its 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition November 7 at the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater. There were 10 finalists in the competition. After much deliberation, the judges selected the top two competitors. The third place, or People's Choice, was chosen by the audience.

Students and faculty standing during commencement underneath green and gold streamers.

The Spring 2019 UAB Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Master's Student Commencement was held April 26 at the Bartow Arena. During the spring, more than 700 students earned graduate degrees, including 63 doctoral degrees. The Graduate School would like to congratulate all of the Spring 2019 graduates!

View photos of the event online.

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The Graduate School’s Professional Development Program recognized 74 students during its annual Certificate Awards Ceremony on April 9. These students had earned certificates from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and PDP for work completed from summer 2018 through spring 2019.

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Mark Pepin and Antonio Foles are the recipients of the 2019 UAB Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies.

“The Barker Award,” named for UAB’s first graduate dean, Dr. Samuel Booth Barker, is given each spring to one Ph.D. student and one Master’s student, both of whom expect to receive their degrees within the calendar year. The Barker Awards are given to graduate students who represent the highest level of student achievement in a UAB graduate program.

graduates celebrate under confettii in Bartow Arena.

The Fall 2018 UAB Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Master's Student Commencement was held December 14 at the Bartow Arena. During the fall, approximately 800 students earned graduate degrees, including 73 doctoral degrees. The Graduate School would like to congratulate all of the Fall 2018 graduates!

View photos of the event online.

Sabrina Heiser on a boat in scuba gear.

While most children played ball or dressed up in princess gowns, a young Sabrina Heiser only wanted one thing – to experience the beauty and wonder of life under the water.

This love of ocean life began when she was 8 years old and her parents introduced her to this wonderful thing called scuba diving. Now, the young German girl could do more than just dream of this magical underwater world; she could actually see it and touch it and truly be a part of it.

Jackson in the field doing homework.

Birmingham native Junias Jackson had always felt a connection to the United States Army. For as long as he can remember, his father, a disabled Vietnam Army veteran, and uncle, a Korean War veteran, would tell tales of their time overseas. It was something that caught his interest at an early age, but it wasn’t until he was 13 that he knew he wanted to be in the military.

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Jimmedda Mills was not what you would consider a “perfect” soldier. Her childhood dreams didn’t involve wearing a uniform and deploying to far-off places. The Texas native enlisted because she was mad at her parents and wanted to get far away. She stayed for the monetary or educational benefits. It wasn’t until Mills was ready to leave the Army that she fell in love with it and found her purpose in life – to be a leader.