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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 15-19, 2024. Abstracts are due by April 1, 2024. 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!

Spring 2024 Expo Schedule

  • April 1: Abstracts due
  • April 15 - April 19: Online Expo
  • April 17: In-person Oral Presentations in Sterne Library
    • 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rooms 174 & 163
  • April 18: In-person Poster Presentations in Bartow Arena
    • 8 - 9 a.m.: Check-In
    • 9 - 9:45 a.m.: Keynote Speaker
    • 9:45 - 10 a.m.: Special Performance from Natyam
    • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Poster Presentations

Winners announced the following week.

Lourdes Sánchez LópezMeet our Spring 2024 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López

Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López came to UAB in 2001 to develop and establish UAB’s Spanish for Specific Purposes program (health, business, and translation and interpretation), among the first programs of its kind in the nation. Prof. Sánchez-López has been deeply engaged in student mentoring through the Manos Juntas program, a mentorship program for undergraduate Hispanic/Latino students, and through UAB’s Spanish And Latino Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.), which she co-founded in 2006 Among many of notable achievements are those in academic publishing where she is also co-author of two Spanish textbooks, El mundo hispanohablante contemporáneo: Historia, política, sociedades y cultura (The Contemporary Spanish-Speaking World: History, PoliticsS, Societies, and Culture) (Routledge, 2016), and Pueblos, Intermediate Spanish in Cultural Contexts (Cengage, 2006). Dr. Sánchez- López has authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in LSP nationally and internationally.

Because of her extensive work, Dr.Lourdes Sánchez-López won The Motivating Women Awards by the Birmingham International center in 2013 and previously served as president of the Alabama chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She continues to be motivated to expand and innovate the field of applied linguistics, cultural studies and community service learning.

Angelica JaimesAngelica Jaimes Rice was born in Mexico and raised in Birmingham. She received her Master's in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and is working on obtaining her Master’s in Public Health at UAB. She is currently a bilingual (English-Spanish) speech-language pathologist at UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics. She is also the program coordinator for the UAB Regional Autism Network and the diversity coordinator for Alabama's University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Before attending graduate school, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literatures at UAB. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guayaquil, Ecuador from 2017-2019. Angelica is passionate about advocating for equity and inclusion for all in healthcare, the workplace, and in community settings.

Alexander Bautista Alexander Bautista, M.A. (he/him/él), was born and raised in Tabasco, Mexico. His family migrated to the United States in 2009. Alexander graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages and literature with a concentration in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Latin American literature with a concentration in Mexican queer studies from the University of Alabama. Currently, Alexander is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. His research focuses on creating access to education for all Latinos in Alabama. He currently serves as the Communications Specialist for the Birmingham City Schools Board District, where he oversees the Communications for Spanish-speaking families and supports all schools in creating a more welcoming space for Latino/Hispanic students and families. Alexander is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for multilingual scholars and families. Additionally, Mr. Bautista serves as the Director of LGBTQ+ Latinx at AIDS Alabama, focusing on creating a safe space for all LGBTQ+ Latinx members in Alabama.

Natyam PerformersMeet the Performers

Natyam at UAB is a classical Indian dance team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham that is dedicated to pushing the limits of our imagination and creativity in performance. We strive to share Indian Classical dance amongst the diverse population at UAB. Our goal is to create innovative dance routines that coach members about the diversity and benefits of Indian Classical dance. Natyam at UAB is heavily committed to promoting diversity at UAB and providing its members with opportunities to perform at competitions and philanthropic events. Additionally, Natyam at UAB aims to offer training & practice in Indian Classical Dance through workshops as a means to sustain good mental and physical health practices.

Spring Expo 2024 Steps

  1. Submit your abstract by April 1. 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.

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.

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

Get Involved with the Expo

We are seeking judges and volunteers for the Expo! Judging the Expo provides students with a platform for practicing and strengthening presentation skills, sharing work, exchanging research experiences and ideas, as well as receiving feedback. In addition to this being a positive experience overall, it becomes an impressive addition to any resume when applying for fellowships and research placements.

Volunteers will assist with the setup and breakdown of the poster presentations, signing in presenters and judges, moderating oral presentations, and more. Please register all shifts that you are able to serve. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt!

Note: Undergraduate students are noteligible to judge the Expo. Only UAB faculty, staff, graduate students and local community members are eligible to judge. If you are an undergraduate student who would like to assist, please sign up to volunteer.






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