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and — most importantly — the individuality and diversity of our brilliant students.

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Personalized Path

Some learning experiences — and some unique students — just don’t fit into the standard college curriculum. You know the type — the student who wants to double-major in neuroscience and philosophy, with a minor in business. Or the student who doesn’t see a major that suits her wild mosaic of interests and wants to design one of her own. That’s why we guide our students in charting their own course with their own personalized path.

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Working with your honors advisor, you’ll start to develop your interests and talents into goals. Then you’ll build a pathway to get there, going through honors offerings to find courses that interest you, inspire you, and engage you. Your next step is to string them all together in a four-year curriculum that will take you places no standard, one-size-fits-all curriculum ever could — no additional courses, no extra semesters, just four years of satisfying your degree requirements with classes and experiences like none other. You’ll check in with your advisor every semester to make sure your pathway is headed in the right direction, but what they won’t do is tell you what course to take in what semester. They’ll show you the array of options available to you, and then the next steps are up to you.

And it’s not just classes — your advisor will help you find leadership and service opportunities to make it all meaningful. They’ll help you learn about your subject and about yourself. (We had one biology major who uncovered a love for filmmaking during an honors seminar — he’s added a digital media minor and is combining both of his passions into one.) You’re the one going out there to make a difference in the world after graduation. It only makes sense to prepare you with a targeted, personalized path.

Sample Courses: Think Like an Entrepreneur; Persuasion: How To Get More of What You Want and Make Others Feel Good About Giving It To You; Border Crossings and Parallel Worlds in British Fiction; Human Trafficking; Creativity and Imagination

Student Leadership

Honors students are known for leadership. Look at any major student organization on campus — Ambassadors, TrailBlazers, Student Government, Residence Life, Athletics, Greek life — and you’ll find an honors student in a leading role. We count on our students to lead the Honors College as well, and we create opportunities for them to develop their leadership potential through the Honors College Ambassadors and the Honors College Student Leadership Council. Leadership comes in many forms, but the element that brings them together is passion — to make the world better, to accomplish change, to innovate. It involves knowing who you are, what’s important to you, and how you can make a difference. And that’s why we get to know you on a personal level and why we allow you — and challenge you — to personalize your experiences in the classroom and out in the world around you.

Student Spotlight: Reilyn Intemann

Reilyn Intemann is a sophomorein the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in pre-nursing. During one of her college visits on campus, she met with an advisor who explained the program and outlined the various paths she could take to obtain honors credits. Choosing the Personalized Pathway was the most flexible and the best fit for her academic program and goals. Based on her academic achievement, she has received a merit scholarship.

The Honors College has given Reilyn multiple opportunities to explore career options and find her true passions through various volunteer organizations and specific honors classes. As a Trailblazer, she shares her love and experiences at UAB with prospective students, while helping them determine their fit on campus. She is also an Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team) in the Honors College and volunteers at Children's of Alabama. As an experienced U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medal winner for Ice dance, she continues to pursue dance as a member of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew and Dance Marathon.

Once Reilyn began her studies on the impact of volunteer work in hospital settings, it opened hereyes to the field of nursing in pediatric and critical care settings, as well as her personal impact on the staff and patient’s lives.

In her spare time, Reilyn enjoys exploring new coffee shops around Birmingham and trying new restaurants with friends.

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Course
Instructor
Let's Talk: A Dialogue on Race and Racism in the US Professor Cortney Johnson, Professor Rebecca Harkless
Identity, Self-Concept, and Your Future (Service Learning) Dr. Susan Davies
Leadership for Social Change (Service Learning) Dr. Mary Wallace
Engineering Innovation and Design Dr. Timothy Wick
Making a Difference in the Lives of Adolescents Dr. Robin Gaines Lanzi
Comedy, Health, and Well-Being Dr. Kevin Fontaine
Building Communities of Inclusion through Intercultural Competence (Service Learning) Dr. Josephine Prado
Investigations into Economic Class in America Dr. Mike Wittman
Think Like an Entrepreneur Dr. Joel Dobbs
Horrendously Inadequate: Alabama Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration Professor Beth Shelburne
Hot Topics in Food and Nutrition Dr. Sarah Beno
Strange Brains: How Myths and Legends Shaped the History of Neuroscience Dr. Robin Lester
How to Read a Film Dr. Daniel Siegel
Generation Genome: New Issues, Same Story Dr. Wendy Reed
The American Citizen Professor Joseph Wood
Ethical Conflicts in Health Care Dr. Mariko Nakano
Film Fest 101: Independent Film and Spreading Knowledge Professor Gareth Jones
Ethical Issues in Women's Health Dr. Lynn Nichols
A Service Approach to Promotion of Health Across the Lifecycle (Service Learning) Dr. Kristin Casazza
Safety and Sustainability: The Eco-Soap Making Project Dr. Rani Jacob

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UAB Honors College students start their freshman year strong, studying under top-notch faculty from the first day of their first Honors Seminar.

Course
Instructor
Intro to Cultural Anthropology Dr. Lauren Downs
Asian Art Professor Linda Pierini
Phage Genomics I Dr. Denise Monti
Intro Biology I Lab Dr. Denise Monti
General Chemistry I Dr. Gary Gray
General Chemistry I Lab Professor Mitzy Erdmann
Organic Chemistry I Dr. Jacqueline Nikles
Public Speaking Dr. Steven McCornack
Intro to Human Communication Dr. Timothy Levine
Principles of Microeconomics Dr. Griffin Edwards
Principles of Microeconomics Dr. Joshua Robinson
Intro to Engineering I Dr. James Alexander
English Composition Dr. Anamaria Santiago
English Composition I Dr. Michelle Cook
English Composition I Professor Sherman Camp
English Composition I Professor Melba Major
English Composition II Dr. Jennifer Young
Forms of Literature Dr. Kyle Grimes
World Literature II Dr. William Hutchings
Foreign Cultures Dr. Erika Rinker
World History to 1600 Professor Kaye Nail
The US to 1877 Professor Beth Hunter
The US since 1877 Dr. Natasha P Zaretsky
Calculus I Dr. Lex Oversteegen
Engineering Graphics Dr. Douglas Ross
Methods in Human Neuroimaging Dr. Kristina Visscher
Disease of the Nervous System Dr. Scott Wilson
Topics in Contemporary Physics Dr. Renato Camata
General Physics II Dr. Kannatassen Appavoo
Contemporary Moral Issues Dr. Brynn Welch
Intro to Ethics Dr. Joshua May
Education and Justice Dr. Brynn Welch
Intro to Public Health Professor Teneasha Washington
Intro to Global Health Dr. Kristine Hearld
Biostatistics Dr. Suzanne Perumean-Chaney
Biostatistics Dr. David Redden
Intro to Psychology Dr. Mary Boggiano
Developmental Psychology Dr. Kristi Carter Guest
Intro to Sociology Dr. Elizabeth Baker
Intro to Sociology Dr. Christopher Biga
Intro to Sociology Dr. Cindy Cain
Introductory Spanish Dr. John Moore
Intro to Cinema Professor Marianne Mack

  • Set your world on fire

    ‘Set Your World on Fire’ isn’t just our motto - it’s our lifestyle. It means we pursue excellence in everything that we do, in and out of the classroom. my family and my biggest supporters. — Rebecca Massey, Honors College

Specialized Programs

Not all Honors College students choose a personalized pathway — some find a perfect academic fit in one of our three specialized honors programs. The Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, Science and Technology Honors Program, and University Honors Program lay out a curriculum of courses and experiences to thoroughly explore global leadership, science and technology, or interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

Global and Community Leadership Honors Program

Students in the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program (GCL) know that they’re members of a community — not just a local one, but a global one. And that means their responsibilities to their community span the globe. Social justice issues like educational disparities, poverty, human rights, environmental degradation, and health care access touch lives in every country, in every big city and small village, at every socioeconomic level. GCL prepares students to explore, understand, and take a leadership role in addressing those issues and making those lives better.

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The GCL curriculum is a carefully crafted mix of interdisciplinary coursework that will equip you to make a difference in local and global communities. Our “Burning Issues” course educates you on human rights, the environment, health, and educational opportunity — four foundational areas that impact almost every social justice issue facing society. Once you’ve identified your own burning issue (you know, the thing that keeps you awake at night and motivates you to make a difference), our GCL advisors will help you find additional courses to deepen your understanding and fan the flame of your passion. From there, you’ll complete a capstone course called “Stoking the Fire — Leadership in Action,” which will provide you with the skills and abilities to be a social change leader.

But it’s not just about the coursework — GCL courses lay a foundation for all of the other educational experiences you’ll have out in the world. Whether you study abroad or partner with local nonprofits, every new encounter is an opportunity for service, and every lesson learned is another step toward engaged, responsible, inspiring leadership.

In GCL, our four core values are Participatory Citizenship, Ethical Leadership, Creative Problem-Solving, and Effective Community. Of course, we don’t need to explain that to you because you already have the drive to internalize those values and put them to use in the world. Our goal is to connect you right away with service experiences and leadership opportunities that will prepare you for all of the impactful work you will do in the future.

Sample Courses: Justice for All? Education and Opportunity in America; Human Trafficking; Global Health Service Learning; Leadership

Student Leadership

Student leadership is a huge component of the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program — it’s right there in the name. Our students take the education they receive about world issues, and the guidance and support in developing their leadership strengths, and use them to initiate real change. Engaged, driven GCL students have started campus organizations, including Universities Fighting World Hunger; ONE at UAB, advocating for the reduction of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa; and Active Minds, raising awareness about mental health and mental illness. They also plan and host social and service events each month that are open to the entire UAB Honors College community.

Student Spotlight: Michael Ho

Michael Ho is a sophomorein the Honors College’s Global and Leadership Community (GCL) Honors Program, double majoring in chemistry and French. Service learning has always been his passion, so he wanted to choose a curriculum that would broaden his global perspective and enhance his cultural humility to give back to the local community through a multitude of ways. Ultimately, he chose GCL to gain additional insight on global issues in a discussion-based setting and become an advocate in the Birmingham area, while learning about the rich historical past of the city. Over the summer, he put some of his college experience to the test when he ran an Instagram business page that sold vintage clothes and collector’s items of retro brands.

While in the Honors College, Michael has participated in various programs, where he has introduced the Provost, spoke on multiple panels and met prospective students and their families to help them finalize their decision to apply for the Honors College. He even helped some of the professors develop their curriculum for honors seminars.

In addition to serving as an Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team) and Honors Ambassador within the Honors College, Michael also serves as a TrailBlazer, Director of Campus Relations in the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and officer in Alpha Epsilon Delta(AED), which is a Pre-Health Honors Society.

When Michael isn’t studying or helping with events, you can catch him playing basketball, soccer, backpacking/hiking/enjoying the outdoors or thrift shopping.

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Coursework

GCL students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of designated honors coursework; students may complete 30 hours of honors coursework for a higher graduation designation.

Required GCL Coursework

12 hours of designated GCL honors coursework:

  • Honors Seminar: HC 110-120 (3 credit hours) – Seminar on a topic related to GCL’s mission; topics vary annually.
  • Burning Issues: HC 150 (3 credit hours) – Overview of various issues facing society (e.g., human rights, sustainability, healthcare access, educational opportunity). Course includes guest speakers, topical readings, and significant reflective writing. Ultimately, students identify an issue that ignites their passion – their “burning issue.”
  • Fanning the Flame: Variable courses (3 credit hours) – Student will select a course that provides further exploration of the student’s “burning issue.”
  • Stoking the Fire - Leadership in Action: HC 350 (3 credit hours) – Students will learn, develop, and put into practice a pragmatic skill set for management and operations in social change leadership.
  • Six additional hours of honors coursework:

     
  • Students should take the remaining hours from approved honors courses relevant to GCL’s mission. GCL administration will designate appropriate honors courses for GCL students each semester, and students will choose the courses that are most applicable to their own passions and goals.

For students who choose to earn 30 hours of honors credit, the additional 12 hours of honors coursework can be earned through non-GCL specific honors seminars, honors sections of core courses, honors by contract, and/or school/departmental honors programs.

Experiential Learning

GCL students are required to complete a minimum of one experiential learning course at UAB. These courses may include service learning, study abroad, research, or internships. If taken for honors credit, these experiential learning courses may help fulfill the honors requirement. If not taken for honors credit, they will not be applied to the honors requirements but can still satisfy the experiential learning requirement.

Science and Technology Honors Program

The Science and Technology Honors Program (STH) is built around the knowledge that our students are driven, they’re curious, they’re smart, and they don’t want to wait to put those qualities to good use. We’ve built a curriculum around starting science and technology right away, from an honors-honed core curriculum (enjoy your English class focused on scientific and technical writing) to specialty classes that teach you the fundamentals of science right there in the lab where they belong. Because that’s where you belong.

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The STH curriculum lays out a challenging, engaging four-year path from student/learner to skilled technician to scientist/innovator, from the basics of lab techniques, scientific communication, and planning to the intricacies of scientific research and leadership. Students graduate from the program with exciting knowledge, honors recognition (and most students can satisfy requirements for honors in their major using their STH thesis), and years of lab experience already under their belts before they even start grad school.

A series of STH seminars will explore methodologies and techniques used to study biology, cell biology, chemistry, complex information systems, engineering, neuroscience, physics, and more. A series of Research Approaches courses will teach you state-of-the-art lab methods in biotechnology, molecular genetics, and other disciplines (ever wanted to splice DNA?), taking you to active research labs to observe researchers up close. And your honors thesis will put all of that to use, launching a two-year, hands-on research project that takes you from proposal to publication — from skilled lab technician to actual scientist.

It’s all about experience. Our semiannual “Quick Connections” event is like speed dating for research scientists, helping students connect with faculty mentors who share their interests and want to help support their goals. Those connections can get STH students into the lab as early as freshman year, working one-on-one with their mentors and other researchers to see what real scientific discovery looks like up close — and to make discoveries of their own.

Sample Courses: Problem Analysis and Project Planning; Communicating Science; Clinical Innovation Seminar

Student Leadership

Leadership and teamwork are two of the most essential skills a scientist can bring to the lab — and they can only be taught to people who really want to learn them. That drive to lead is what sets STH students apart — to be leaders at the bench and in the community. Through a two-semester leadership sequence, our students plan and carry out service projects to benefit the program, the university, or the Birmingham community. UAB’s annual regional Science Olympiad, the Alabama Brain Bee, and the student awards program at the Alabama Academy of Science have all been STH initiatives. STH students also occupy leadership positions on the Student Executive Council, planning key aspects of the program, assisting faculty with program seminars, and mentoring and tutoring. No evil scientists here — our students use their powers of research, critical thinking, analysis, and discovery to do good.

Student Spotlight: Juhee Agrawal

Juhee Agrawal is a senior in the Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program (STH), double majoring in neuroscience and Spanish. She chose the STH program because she wanted to learn how to think scientifically about the world around her and develop an independent role in a research lab. Juhee is grateful for the community of collaboration facilitated by the students and faculty advisors. Through these collaborative connections, she has served as a research assistant in Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi’s lab on depression and suicide neurobiology for the last three years.

Since joining UAB, Juhee’s volunteer journey has osmosed into various organizations, both on and off campus. As a freshman, she began volunteering with Active Minds, a student organization that focuses on destigmatizing the conversation around mental health. She also serves as a Peer Mentor and Chair of Volunteering/Study Groups on the Student Executive Council in the Honors College’s STH program. Juhee previously served in leadership positions within the Honors College as an Honors Ambassador and Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team).

Juhee has developed a strong academic reputation on campus through her involvement in the Honors College. With the help of Dr. Robin Lanzi and Dr. Angela Stowe in the Honors College Faculty Fellows program, she created a new Mental Health Ambassadors program, which trains UAB students how to conduct promotion outreach and develop presentations/campaigns on mental health. With the skills learned through the STH program, Juhee has co-authored two publications in her research lab, and she will complete a thesis in this lab before graduating.

Juhee completed a month-long service-learning experience in Cusco, Peru, where she observed and volunteered at one of their community health clinics. This experience also helped her improve her Spanish-speaking skills and learn more about the Peruvian healthcare system.

Juhee is truly a blazer at heart. She always travels with a small Blaze figurine so she can take pictures of him in different places.

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REQUIREMENTS

All Science and Technology Honors students complete 30 credit hours of honors coursework. In the first two years, our students participate in a four-course sequence introducing them to the scientific process, exposing them to research methodologies and techniques, and providing them with hands-on experience in in the lab. Building on this foundation, students then complete a two-year intensive research experience under the direction of UAB faculty mentor. This project becomes the student’s Honors Thesis and is prepared for publication in a scientific journal and for presentation at a national conference.

COURSEWORK

Each student in the program takes the following coursework in the program to prepare for their independent research experience:

  • STH 199 Introduction to the Scientific Process (3 credit hours). Fall semester of freshman year. Students work in teams to analyze current scientific problems under investigation by UAB faculty, learning about how scientists approach problems and conduct their research, including ethics and institutional review of human and animal research.
  • STH 201 STH 201 Research Approaches (3 credit hours). Spring semester of freshman year. Systematic training in foundational research methodologies and opportunity to application of the methods in research laboratories. Students choose among biotechnology training, advanced chemical analysis, molecular genetics or engineering design principles.
  • STH 299 Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credit hours). Fall semester of sophomore year. This course illustrates the synergy achieved by interdisciplinary analysis of problems. Example topics include Clinical Innovation, Brain Science, Creating a Culture of Sustainability, The Race to Develop an Artificial Pancreas, and Cardiovascular Disease from Cell to Society.
  • STH 240 Big Ideas in Science and Innovation (3 credit hours). Sophomore or junior year. This course will integrate skills developed in STH 199, STH 201, STH 299, and EH 102/202 to examine current controversies and challenges in science and technology. Students will analyze scientific research and explore the “conversation” between scientists and other constituencies regarding the interpretation and application of the findings.
  • STH 340 Current Challenges in Translating Science into Benefit (3 credit hours). Junior or senior year. This course will build upon students’ research experiences by exploring the spectrum of basic to applied research in which each investigation is embedded. Through reading original scientific papers and using technical databases, students will explore “wicked problems” and develop innovative solutions.
  • STH 395 and STH 400 Proposal and Thesis Preparation (2 credit hours each). Small enrollment courses typically taken in junior and senior year that mentor students through preparing a compelling proposal for their honors thesis research and a scientific publication reporting the research. To complete the program, students also take a special section of English composition that focuses specifically on scientific and technical communication, a biostatistics or other approved statistics course, and two-course sequence in leadership preparation.

University Honors Program

Life doesn’t follow one path, and knowledge doesn’t come from one field of study. The University Honors Program (UHP) provides a uniquely engaging arts and sciences curriculum taught by faculty from a wide variety of academic fields. Special team-taught interdisciplinary courses and small seminars replace the core curriculum with something more innovative and varied for excellent students who value the full diversity of their skills and interests.

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Unique Curriculum: An expansive interdisciplinary course focused on broad themes and taught by a six-person team of faculty and otherwise knowledgeable community members is created afresh each year for the combined class of first- and second-year students. Honors seminars (limited to 16 students) are taught to students of all years by diverse faculty on subjects related to their fields of expertise but not found among the usual department listings. Service learning is formally incorporated into the interdisciplinary curriculum as an annual joint project between UHP and Arrington Middle School 7th graders.

Sample Interdisciplinary Courses: Food; Conflict and Cooperation; Science, Technology, and Society; Nationhood; Knowledge and Ways of Knowing; In Search of Human Nature

Sample Seminars: God & the White Coat: the Influence of Religion on Medicine; Beyond Beads, Booze, and Bourbon Street: the Literature and Culture of New Orleans; Personalized Genomic Medicine; Intelligent Life in the Universe; Harry Potter: Ethics and Imagination

Housed in a beautiful old church on the southern edge of campus and led by a supportive and devoted team of faculty and staff, UHP provides an environment that is as familial as it is academic wherein students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, be steered by their intellectual curiosity, and develop the full diversity of their interests and talents. Many UHP students travel (program-funded) to present research at regional and national honors conferences. Many take an active role in the governance of the honors program itself including the selection processes by which students are admitted and seminars are chosen. Many contribute to and help design student-run creative arts and research journals (Sanctuary; Inquiro). Many study or engage in service activities abroad for weeks, months, even a year at a time. And an impressive number of UHP students have been awarded Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Fulbright, and other national scholarships.

Student Leadership

UHP has a long tradition of empowering its students to lead, not only within the program but also throughout the surrounding communities and beyond. Our students are extremely well represented in USGA and in the governance of other campus-wide student organizations. And within UHP, our student-run Steering Committee oversees all student extracurricular activities and initiatives in the program from community service, student recruitment, sustainability, and Homecoming to road trips, intramural sports, and the two student-run scholarly journals.

Student Spotlight: Mary Anne Powell

Mary Anne Powell is a junior in the Honors College’s University Honors Program (UHP), double majoring in public health and Spanish. Initially, she did not want to attend UAB since she was a Birmingham native and felt she would lack the true “college experience.” After careful consideration, she chose UAB and interviewed for UHP, and immediately knew she had to join. The small, tight-knight and intellectual community UHP encompasses has provided unmatched opportunities for Mary Anne. She has taken a deep dive into relevant topics and met incredible professors and experts that have opened her eyes to endless possibilities in her post-graduate career.

Once Mary Anne joined UHP, she hit the ground running. With the advice of her advisor, she applied for leadership positions within the Honors College. She not only joined but moved up in leadership in the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC), Honors SMART Leaders (Student Mentor And Retreat Team), and Honors Ambassadors. UHP and the honors organizations have given her self-confidence, professional skills, community involvement, exposure to health professionals, and top-notch advising that has set her on the best academic path to graduate in four years.

Mary Anne is applying her classroom knowledge by volunteering at the Equal Access Birmingham, which is a clinic that serves under/uninsured individuals in the community through the UAB School of Medicine. She is responsible for taking the patients’ vitals and preparing them for the physician appointments, along with filling prescriptions and taking inventory of the drugs. She is also a translator for Spanish-speaking patients, where she translates for the physician and patient during check-ups and physical therapy appointments.

Mary Anne completed a semester-long exchange program in Spring 2019 at the University of Jaén in Spain, where she will receive a UHP seminar credit for the courses she completed.

Once her undergraduate studies are complete, Mary Anne plans to find a fellowship that will allow her to study in another country. She is also contemplating on applying for the English-Teaching Fulbright Program.

When she finds spare time, Mary Anne loves backpacking, hiking, and camping –really anything outdoors. She also enjoys finding new music and hearing local artists.

Due to her time in UHP so far, she can’t imagine being anywhere other than UAB.

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Requirements

Students in the University Honors Program take 33 credit hours of honors coursework and three credit hours of mathematics that replace the 41 credit hours of UAB Core Curriculum requirements. UHP students have two options for completing their 33 credit hours in honors:

  • Two 9-credit-hour fall-semester interdisciplinary honors courses plus five 3-credit-hour honors seminars (only two of which can be related to the student’s major or minor); or
  • Two 9-credit-hour fall-semester interdisciplinary honors courses, a minimum of three 3-credit-hour honors seminars (not related to the student’s major or minor), and up to six semester hours of departmental honors coursework within the student’s major (with the total number of credit hours adding up to 33).

Coursework

The interdisciplinary honors courses are offered during the fall semester and are open only to University Honors Program students. These courses are team-taught by faculty members (usually six) from different schools in the university and by guest lecturers from the medical center, the business, and other areas. Each interdisciplinary course is organized thematically and designed to cover a broad range of material so the student is introduced to all areas covered by the Core Curriculum and to a wide variety of other areas as well. Topics of past interdisciplinary courses have included “Minds and Realities," "In Search of Human Nature," "It's About Time," and "The Anatomy of Desire." As part of the course, each student works on an independent project related to the central theme. Since instructors are committed to full-time teaching of this course, students receive ample advice and guidance on their projects.

The University Honors program offers about 18-20 different honors seminars each year. Some are cross-listed in other departments and so are open to all students at UAB. These seminars are offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer term and are limited to 16 students. Honors seminars are available in a variety of different fields and focus on issues that are of major interest within the field and also have implications and applications beyond it. Examples of honors seminars which have been taught are "Ethnographic Filmmaking," " China's Next Phase," "Cognitive Brain Imaging," "Philosophy, Psychology, and the Economics of Happiness," "Existentialism and Modern Literature."

UHP students can also receive up to three credits for participation in special UHP events and completing UHP-approved long-term community service projects. In addition, students may propose an internship or independent study project in place of one seminar. They also have the option of registering for one, two, or three credit hours of Honors Research.

Accelerated Learning Opportunities

UAB offers several options for high-achieving undergraduates to accelerate the time and cost necessary to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Programs (ABM), Fast-Track programs, and Early Acceptance Programs.

Accelerated Learning Opportunities

Student Spotlights

  • Saakshi Thukral

    Saakshi Thukral

    Saakshi Thukral

    Saakshi Thukral

    Personalized

    Saakshi Thukral is a junior in the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in neuroscience with minors in both biology and chemistry. She is also in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master of Public Health (ABM) Program with a concentration in health behavior. During the summer of her freshman year, she received an Honors College Presidential Summer Fellowship which supported and allowed her to complete her current project in the lab.

    With the Personalized Pathway, Saakshi wanted to explore her diverse interests that extended beyond science and develop a holistic collegiate experience. Since her admission, she has learned about the science behind communication, awareness of the public health epidemics occurring on a global scale and participated in a one-year intensive laboratory research program that served as the backbone for her present research experience.

    Saakshi’s participation in the Honors College has refined her leadership and communication skills, while introducing her to a vibrant community of future leaders who motivate her to work hard every day. Most recently, this has been reflected through her experience participating in the World Conference of Undergraduate Research (WCUR) where she traveled with other Honors College students to Oldenburg, Germany and presented her research internationally and placed first in the competition. Through this trip, she experienced the German culture, while learning international perspectives on research in America.

    Aside from her studies, Saakshi is involved in many organizations on campus and in the community. She is an Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team), Honors Ambassador, a Neuroscience Ambassador, and dancer for the UAB Indian dance team – Birmingham’s Blazin’ Bhangra, which celebrates the Punjabi culture. She recently started a chapter of the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, serves as a co-director for the Alabama Brain Bee and is a Promoter of Wellness (POW). Off-campus, she volunteers with Children’s of Alabama, Magic Moments Birmingham, and Pathways.

    When she’s not eating her favorite food – hummus, you can follow her exploring cities through its coffee shops and unique restaurants on her food blog on Instagram, @aesthetically.yummy

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    The Honors College offers you the opportunity to select a curriculum that best suits your goals and interests. Set Your World On Fire and explore your honors future today!

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  • Michael Ho

    Michael Ho

    Michael Ho

    Specialized - GCL

    Michael Ho is a sophomore in the Honors College’s Global and Leadership Community (GCL) Honors Program, double majoring in chemistry and French. Service learning has always been his passion, so he wanted to choose a curriculum that would broaden his global perspective and enhance his cultural humility to give back to the local community through a multitude of ways. Ultimately, he chose GCL to gain additional insight on global issues in a discussion-based setting and become an advocate in the Birmingham area, while learning about the rich historical past of the city. Over the summer, he put some of his college experience to the test when he ran an Instagram business page that sold vintage clothes and collector’s items of retro brands.

    While in the Honors College, Michael has participated in various programs, where he has introduced the Provost, spoke on multiple panels and met prospective students and their families to help them finalize their decision to apply for the Honors College. He even helped some of the professors develop their curriculum for honors seminars.

    In addition to serving as an Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team) and Honors Ambassador within the Honors College, Michael also serves as a TrailBlazer, Director of Campus Relations in the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) and officer in Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), which is a Pre-Health Honors Society.

    When Michael isn’t studying or helping with events, you can catch him playing basketball, soccer, backpacking/hiking/enjoying the outdoors or thrift shopping.

    More About the Honors College

    The Honors College offers you the opportunity to select a curriculum that best suits your goals and interests. Set Your World On Fire and explore your honors future today!

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  • Juhee Agrawal

    Juhee Agrawal

    Juhee Agrawal - Science and Technology Honors Program

    Juhee Agrawal

    Specialized STH

    Juhee Agrawal is a senior in the Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program (STH), double majoring in neuroscience and Spanish. She chose the STH program because she wanted to learn how to think scientifically about the world around her and develop an independent role in a research lab. Juhee is grateful for the community of collaboration facilitated by the students and faculty advisors. Through these collaborative connections, she has served as a research assistant in Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi’s lab on depression and suicide neurobiology for the last three years.

    Since joining UAB, Juhee’s volunteer journey has osmosed into various organizations, both on and off campus. As a freshman, she began volunteering with Active Minds, a student organization that focuses on destigmatizing the conversation around mental health. She also serves as a Peer Mentor and Chair of Volunteering/Study Groups on the Student Executive Council in the Honors College’s STH program. Juhee previously served in leadership positions within the Honors College as an Honors Ambassador and Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team).

    Juhee has developed a strong academic reputation on campus through her involvement in the Honors College. With the help of Dr. Robin Lanzi and Dr. Angela Stowe in the Honors College Faculty Fellows program, she created a new Mental Health Ambassadors program, which trains UAB students how to conduct promotion outreach and develop presentations/campaigns on mental health. With the skills learned through the STH program, Juhee has co-authored two publications in her research lab, and she will complete a thesis in this lab before graduating.

    Juhee completed a month-long service-learning experience in Cusco, Peru, where she observed and volunteered at one of their community health clinics. This experience also helped her improve her Spanish-speaking skills and learn more about the Peruvian healthcare system.

    Juhee is truly a blazer at heart. She always travels with a small Blaze figurine so she can take pictures of him in different places.

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  • Mary Ann Powell

    Mary Ann Powell

    Mary Ann Powell

    Specialized - UHP

    Mary Anne Powell is a junior in the Honors College’s University Honors Program (UHP), double majoring in public health and Spanish. Initially, she did not want to attend UAB since she was a Birmingham native and felt she would lack the true “college experience.” After careful consideration, she chose UAB and interviewed for UHP, and immediately knew she had to join. The small, tight-knight and intellectual community UHP encompasses has provided unmatched opportunities for Mary Anne. She has taken a deep dive into relevant topics and met incredible professors and experts that have opened her eyes to endless possibilities in her post-graduate career.

    Once Mary Anne joined UHP, she hit the ground running. With the advice of her advisor, she applied for leadership positions within the Honors College. She not only joined but moved up in leadership in the Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC), Honors SMART Leaders (Student Mentor And Retreat Team), and Honors Ambassadors. UHP and the honors organizations have given her self-confidence, professional skills, community involvement, exposure to health professionals, and top-notch advising that has set her on the best academic path to graduate in four years.

    Mary Anne is applying her classroom knowledge by volunteering at the Equal Access Birmingham, which is a clinic that serves under/uninsured individuals in the community through the UAB School of Medicine. She is responsible for taking the patients’ vitals and preparing them for the physician appointments, along with filling prescriptions and taking inventory of the drugs. She is also a translator for Spanish-speaking patients, where she translates for the physician and patient during check-ups and physical therapy appointments.

    Mary Anne completed a semester-long exchange program in Spring 2019 at the University of Jaén in Spain, where she will receive a UHP seminar credit for the courses she completed.

    Once her undergraduate studies are complete, Mary Anne plans to find a fellowship that will allow her to study in another country. She is also contemplating on applying for the English-Teaching Fulbright Program.

    When she finds spare time, Mary Anne loves backpacking, hiking, and camping – really anything outdoors. She also enjoys finding new music and hearing local artists.

    Due to her time in UHP so far, she can’t imagine being anywhere other than UAB.

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  • Reilyn Intemann

    Reilyn Intemann

    Reilyn Intemann

    Personalized

    Reilyn Intemann is a sophomore in the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in pre-nursing. During one of her college visits on campus, she met with an advisor who explained the program and outlined the various paths she could take to obtain honors credits. Choosing the Personalized Pathway was the most flexible and the best fit for her academic program and goals. Based on her academic achievement, she has received a merit scholarship.

    The Honors College has given Reilyn multiple opportunities to explore career options and find her true passions through various volunteer organizations and specific honors classes. As a Trailblazer, she shares her love and experiences at UAB with prospective students, while helping them determine their fit on campus. She is also an Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team) in the Honors College and volunteer at Children's of Alabama. As an experienced U.S. Figure Skating Gold Medal winner for Ice dance, she continues to pursue dance as a member of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew and Dance Marathon.

    Once Reilyn began her studies on the impact of volunteer work in hospital settings, it opened her eyes to the field of nursing in pediatric and critical care settings, as well as her personal impact on the staff and patient’s lives.

    In her spare time, Reilyn enjoys exploring new coffee shops around Birmingham and trying new restaurants with friends.

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  • Naqi Raza

    Naqi Raza

    Naqi Raza

    Personalized

    Naqi Raza is a sophomore in the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in biomedical engineering (BME) on a pre-medical track. When he came to UAB, he was unsure of what he wanted to do with his major, but knew he wanted to choose an honors program that fit his goals. With the freedom to choose a path that was unique to him, he chose honors classes and seminars that complemented his major and interests. His studies have led him to receive the Presidential and Engineering Excellence Scholarships.

    Naqi attributes the Honors College for kickstarting his involvement at UAB. He was motivated to get involved in research by participating in workshops that illustrated various opportunities at UAB. He was introduced to people that were in organizations he wanted to join in the future. By developing these connections, he joined several organizations including Pi Kappa Phi, Best Buddies, Honors College Leadership Council (HCLC), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) and Honors SMART Leaders (Student Mentor And Retreat Team). He was invited to join BME Honors in Spring 2019 and started a research position in the BME department in Dr. Zhang’s Lab in the summer.

    With the rigorous course work in his academic program, Naqi finds time to unwind playing cricket on the weekends and with UAB’s Cricket Club. He also likes to vacation in his birth country of Pakistan every summer to keep his heart close to his culture.

    Naqi plans to do research abroad after he graduates.

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  • Maggie Phillips

    Maggie Phillips

    Maggie Phillips

    Personalized

    Maggie Dale Phillips is a junior in the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in psychology. Not only does this curriculum allow her flexibility and control, but it allows her to focus on classes that correlate with her major and interests. As a student on the President’s List, her classroom ethics extend beyond the classroom. She helps other students adjust and succeed in their honors classes by serving in the Psychology Honors Program and as a Honors SMART Leader (Student Mentor And Retreat Team) in the Honors College.

    Through Maggie’s time in the Honors College, she has been active in cultivating her relationships, which lead her to obtain a teaching assistant position and present original research at conferences.

    Before Maggie began her college career, she danced throughout high school and to this day, she finds time to blare music in an empty room and dance.

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  • Bradley Thigpen

    Bradley Thigpen

    Bradley Thigpen

    Personalized

    Bradley Thigpen is a junior in the Honors College’s Personalized Pathway, majoring in chemistry. Through the enriching experience the Personalized Pathway provides, he had the opportunity to customize his curriculum with a wide variety of science, humanities and service-learning courses solely within the Honors College.

    By joining the Honors College as an Honors Ambassador, Bradley serves as an advocate at various events, such as the Honors College dinners and lunches with prospective students. Giving back through Honors College has given him many opportunities that make him proud and thankful. He also joined the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, Alabama Student Rural Health Association, College of Arts and Science Student Council and Chem Scholars.

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