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The UAB Expo celebrates excellence in research, creative activity, and scholarship by showcasing the academic endeavors of undergraduate students.

Why should you participate?

  • Practice and strengthen your presentation skills.
  • Engage with like-minded peers, exchanging research experiences, and ideas.
  • Receive feedback from both peers and faculty.
  • Add an impressive addition to your resume/CV that can improve applications to graduate and/or professional schools.

Upcoming Expo

In-person and virtual Spring Expo will be from April 17-21, 2023. Abstracts are due by April 7, 2023. Once your abstract is submitted you are automatically registered for the expo.

Submit Abstract

Special Note for Expo
We know that research is an ever-changing process with various highs and pitfalls. Our goal is to put on the best expo we can, allowing for largest ease for presenters and space for all of us to work. Noting this, we cannot accept late submissions. With limited physical space and the various tasks that contributes to running a successful hybrid event, we will not be able to accommodate submissions after the deadline. Please help our office out and submit your research on time. We are here to help with every step of the process, just reach out and ask. Thank you!


  • April 7: Abstracts Due
  • April 19: Oral Presentations
    • Location: Sterne Library 168 and 174
  • April 20: Poster Presentations 
    • Location: Bartow Arena
    • 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Check-In
    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Keynote Speaker
    • 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Poster Presentations

Winners announced the following week.

Registration for UAB members for the online component can be found below. If you are planning on attending the Expo in person, no registration is required.

Register for Expo

Black and white image of Mike Saag, sitting, one hand resting on his upper let, the other resting atop his thigh. He has a wide smile and prominent laugh lines. Meet our Fall 2022 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Saag

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Mike Saag. He is Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Microbiology, and Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of a comprehensive HIV outpatient (1917) clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high-quality clinic trials, basic science, and clinical outcomes research. Over the last 35 years, the clinic has treated more than 12,000 patients and has become recognized as one of the best sites for clinical research and care in the United States.

Dr. Saag has published over 500 articles in peer reviewed journals, including the first description of the quasispecies nature of HIV (Nature, 1988), the first use of viral load in clinical practice (Science, 1993), the first description of the rapid dynamics of viral replication (Nature, 1995), the first guidelines for use of viral load in practice (Nature Medicine, 1996), the first proof of concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option (Nature Medicine, 1998), and directed the ‘first-in- patient’ studies of seven of the 25 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market.

Dr. Saag has received the Myrtle Wreath Award from Hadassah, was listed as one of the top ten cited HIV researchers by Science (1996), and received multiple Argus Awards for Best Lectures to the first year medical students at UAB. In 2014, Dr. Saag was named the Castle-Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence and was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. He is co-editor of the Sanford Guide. During the COVID epidemic, Dr. Saag appeared frequently on CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, and the Paul Finebaum Show and has published frequent OpEd features in the Washington Post. Dr. Saag published a memoir entitled Positive: One doctor’s encounters with death, life, and the US Healthcare System, which is in its third printing.

Video Research Awards

1st place wins $1,000! Both second and third win $500.

Contact Gareth Jones for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Video Research Awards are for Spring Expo only. There will be no Video Research Awards presented during the summer or fall expos.

Register for the VRA


Accessibility Info

To request accessibility accommodations for the expo, please contact:

  • Students — Disability Support Services at (205) 934-4205 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Faculty/Staff — AWARE Program at (205) 975-9973 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Expo 2023 Steps:

  1. Submit your abstract by April 7. After all abstracts have been submitted, you will be assigned a number for submission purposes and registered for the Canvas course. Look for the invitation to join the course.
  2. Create your presentation! Poster presentations and Oral presentations can be virtual or in person. For more specific requirements please follow these guidelines.
  3. Judges and the community can join online or in person. Both can leave comments online or ask questions in person.
  4. Winners will be announced the following week.