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UAB's dynamic living and learning environment inspires and nurtures achievement, social responsibility and enterprise.

UAB's highly motivated students examine, master and expand traditional knowledge in the classroom, lab, field and communities they serve. They include Rhodes, Marshall, Clinton, Fulbright Goldwater, Gilman and Truman scholars, national champions for Mock Trial, Ethics Bowl, Bioethics Bowl and winners of three consecutive national titles at the largest collegiate financial portfolio competition.

NameYearAchievement
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2021 Political science major Bessie M. Gaspar earned an internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute for its 2021 summer program. Gaspar, a native of Albertville, Alabama, is the first person from UAB to receive this honor.
National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2021 Collat School of Business honors student Dipal Patel has been accepted to present her research on the demographics of Fortune 500 companies to the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Brooke Owens Fellowship 2021 School of Engineering senior Jordan Fuse has been named one of the 44 Brooke Owens Fellowship recipients worldwide, and the first from UAB. The Brooke Owens Fellowship is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization recognizing exceptional undergraduate women and other gender minorities with space and aviation internships, senior mentorship, and a secure professional network.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 2020 Keyanna Stokes was selected from among more than 1,500 applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Schwarzman Scholars 2020 College of Arts and Sciences student Zahrah Abdulrauf has been named one of the 154 Schwarzman Scholars worldwide and the first from UAB. Schwarzman Scholars is a fully funded, one-year master’s degree and leadership program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Clinton Global Initiative University 2020 Honors College students Alice Kim and Ryleigh Fleming have won support from the Clinton Global Initiative University COVID-19 Student Action Fund. The students each created projects on mask education, distribution of personal hygiene materials and accessibility to the Centers for Disease Control safety guidelines for marginalized groups — specifically homeless people.
Society for Public Health Education/CDC 2020 College of Arts and Sciences graduate student Grace Albright has received a fellowship in injury prevention with the Society for Public Health Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fellowship is designed to support the training of a new generation of public health researchers and practitioners who work in behavioral sciences.
Phi Kappa Phi 2020 Alumna Abigail Franks was awarded an $8,500 fellowship by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Franks is one of 58 recipients nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship in 2020.
National Institutes of Health 2020 Graduate student Rylie Hightower was awarded an F99/K00 grant from the National Institutes of Health, becoming the fifth student from UAB to be named a recipient.
NASA Alabama Space Grant Consortium 2020 Physics doctoral students Sumner B. Harris and Seth Iwan received graduate fellowships of $37,000 per year from the NASA Alabama Space Grant Consortium. Physics majors Britta Manifold and Keston Smith were awarded undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 per year.
Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2020 Grace Kennedy, Kenneth Davis, Garrett Sager, John Stephen Hutchinson, Martha Cati Pudner, Riley Yager, Ayla McCay and Kerri Tang were selected for the prestigious program, which provides grants to study, teach and conduct research in more than 160 countries. This is the largest cohort of Fulbright recipients from UAB in a single year.
Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship 2020 Rose Albert became the third UAB Udall Scholarship awardee since 2014. Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.
American Association of University Women 2020 Angelina “Angie” Aduke Toluhi, MBBS, MPH, a doctoral student in the School of Public Health, was awarded an American Association of University Women International Fellowship, including $20,000 to help fund her doctoral education at UAB.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship 2020 Whitman “Whit” Miller was awarded the Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 toward graduate education and professional development for young people dedicated to public service.
National Science Foundation 2020 Queenisha Crichlow, a first-year graduate student in medical psychology, received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She will use the fellowship to study the impact of racial discrimination on adolescent health and psychosocial adjustment.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation 2020 Georgia Haggard and Sarah Nealy were named 2020 Goldwater Scholars, joining a group of 30 UAB students to date who have been awarded the scholarship.
American Advertising Foundation 2020 Hannah Bae was selected to the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Student Program
U.S. Department of Transportation 2019 Austin Svancara, Grace Albright and Maria Lechtreck were named 2019-2020 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Research fellows by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
National Institutes of Health 2019 Macy Stockdill received an 18-month, $75,000 F31 grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research for her Ph.D. studies, the first UAB Nursing student to receive the F31 grant from the NIH
Rhodes Trust 2019 Abigail Franks was selected as a finalist for the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2020
Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine 2019 Emma Goodman was awarded the best student presentation at the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine in Madrid, Spain
Forbes 2019 Zahrah Abdulrauf was among a group of young leaders, founders and creators worldwide selected as one of the Forbes Under 30 Scholars for 2019, which allowed her to attend the Under 30 Summit
American Association of University Women 2019 Molly Buckley was chosen to receive a Selected Professions Fellowship to help fund her research into new drug targets for cancer therapy
NCAA 2019 Deanna Kuzmanic was named a Top 30 finalist for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award
National Science Foundation 2019 Maggie Collier was selected for two national STEM fellowships: she is a National Science Foundation fellow and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellow
Bioethics National Championship 2019 UAB's undergraduate Bioethics Bowl team — Kaitlin Burge, Hana Habchi, Amy Jasani, Sunya Reddy and Tanvee Sinha — claimed the 2019 National Championship title at the Bioethics National Championship
Fulbright Student Program, German Academic Exchange Service Graduate Research Fellowship 2019 Gunnar Eastep received a Fulbright United States Student Program award and a German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, Graduate Research Fellowship to Germany
Alabama Music Teachers Association 2019 Freshman Dina Kasman won the lower college division and junior Jacob Skiles won the upper college division at the Alabama State Music Teachers National Association state collegiate audition
University Innovation Fellows 2019 Jason Zhang, Marrielle Santiago, Annisha Borah and Zahrah Abdulrauf, all students in the UAB Honors College, were among 358 students from 16 countries selected as University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
American Student Dental Society 2019 Kai Huang, a third-year dental student, was elected vice president of the American Student Dental Association’s House of Delegates
Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship 2019 Sandra Cutts, a doctoral candidate in the School of Engineering, has been selected as one of 60 students to be a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellow
American Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Medical student Chandler Stisher was selected to serve as the student representative on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians
Alabama State Music Teachers National Association 2018 Dina Kasman, Mira Walker and Jacob Skiles won division honors at the Alabama State Music Teachers National Association audition
American Academy of Optometry 2018 Doctoral student Jessica Jasien was invited to present her research at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting as author of one of the group's "10 most newsworthy abstracts of 2018"
NASA Alabama Space Grant Consortium 2018 Undergraduates Retta El Sayed, Clinton Campbell, Daniel Lowe and Joanna Schmidt were awarded scholarships and doctoral students Sumner Harris and Mark King were awarded fellowships by the NASA Alabama Space Grant Consortium
Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management 2018 Graduate students Lauren Naumcheff, Matthew Barnes and Tommy Burt, all members of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, took first place in Baylor University's national case competition
Oak Ridge National Laboratory 2018 Graduate student Kathryn Ham was selected to the 20th National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Fulbright Summer Institute 2018 Sophomore Mariam Massoud was selected for the prestigious Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Scholarship; she attended the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity in Glasgow
Fulbright Student Program 2018 A UAB-record six students and alumni — Charlotte Boles, Lillian Chien, Sarah Faulkner, Harrison Mansour, Remy Meir and Rachael Thompson Panik – were awarded Fulbright United States Student Program grants for the 2018-2019 academic year
Critical Language Scholarships 2018 Three UAB students — Lillian Chen, Ayla McCay and Kaitlin McLeod – were selected for the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship program
Goldwater Scholarship 2018 Junior Gunnar Eastep was named a 2018 Goldwater Scholar and junior Sidhanth Chandra received an honorable mention from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Public Relations Student Society 2018 Senior Chelsey Jordan was selected to serve as an official delegate for the society's national assembly in Miami
American Advertising Awards 2018 Department of Art and Art History students Irasema Quezada Hammock and Tyra Robinson won Student Gold ADDYs and Jacob Richardson took home a Student Silver ADDY at the annual event presented by the American Advertising Federation of Birmingham
Gilman Scholarship 2018 Ali Beydoun, a junior majoring in chemistry, will spend a semester at the University of Oslo in Norway; Lola Diaz, a junior majoring in management, will study at the University of Hull in England
National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program 2018 Nursing Ph.D. student Jacqueline Vo, BSN, R.N., is one of the few nurses to receive this prestigious fellowship
Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation 2018 Ricardo Tapilatu, who completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Biology in 2014, was one of eight marine conservationists chosen worldwide