Barghi, Ryder in the running for international academic honors

UAB has two Rhodes finalists and one Marshall finalist in 2014.

ameenAmeen BarghiTwo University of Alabama at Birmingham students are finalists for prestigious scholarship programs.

Ameen Barghi, of Birmingham, and Yoonhee Ryder, of Huntsville, have been named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, and Ryder also is a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the world’s oldest international fellowship awards and fund 32 students’ pursuit of degrees from Oxford University. Rhodes Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as for their character, commitment to others, and to the common good.

yoonheeYoonhee RyderMarshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any field of study the United Kingdom.

Both students are part of the UAB Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Barghi, who is completing majors in Neuroscience and Translational Research (individually designed), is an active member of the Science and Technology Honors Program. He received a Goldwater Scholarship in 2013 and has worked in Constrained-Induced Movement therapy (CI therapy), with Edward Taub, Ph.D., in the Taub Therapy Clinic and has researched stroke models with Tara DeSilva, Ph.D., in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Ryder is finishing her degrees in Biology and Anthropology and is an active member of the University Honors Program. She has received a Critical Languages Scholarship, a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship and is part of the 2014 class of Sparkman Fellows.