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.


Tell us your story in six words: That’s what the UAB campus community was challenged to do for UAB Graduate School’s fourth annual Say It In 6 competition. Participants submitted an image and six words depicting any story they wanted to tell—about their life, their experiences, things they love or have learned. And the submissions were amazing!

Cookies, Cocoa and Community

The UAB Graduate School will once again give back to families who truly need support with its second annual Ronald McDonald House Collection Drive.


The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Graduate School received approval from the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees to launch a new graduate certificate in leadership and professional development. The LEAD Graduate Certificate provides individuals opportunities to gain leadership skills that are in high demand among employers and professional school admissions teams.

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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.

 3MT at UAB

The Graduate School hosted its 3MT Semifinals Thursday, October 31, at the Hill Student Center. There were 27 semifinalists and 10 of those will advance to the 3MT Finals next week for one last chance to win $1,000 and a spot in the Regional Competition.

 3MT at UAB

More than 60 doctoral students participated in the 2018 Three Minute Thesis preliminary competition October 24 and 29, and more than half of those students will advance to the semi-finals on Thursday, October 31.

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.


A mentor is not just an educator. A mentor is a person who inspires and motivates. A mentor is committed to excellence.

The UAB Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award recognizes full-time regular UAB faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments as mentors of graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows.