• Student Leader

    Student Leader Selection provides UAB students with an opportunity to preview and apply to more than 15 university funded organizations advised by the sponsoring departments listed below. In order to become a member of one of these organizations, students must participate in the Student Leader Selection process. Student Leader Selection takes place in the Spring semester of each academic year.


    Student Leader Selection is sponsored by:

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    SM Student Multicultural And Diversity Programs
    SM Off Campus Student Services
    UAB Athletics
    SYE Color
  • Organizations participating in Student Leader Selection include:

    UAB Ambassadors Good Games UAB University Programs Board
    Blazer Spirit Council Leadership & Service Council Serve205
    Blazers on Break Exec Board Pathfinders Off-Campus Student Council
    Black Student Awareness Committee Social Justice Advocacy Council Blazer Male Excellence Network
    International Mentors Queer Peers SafeZone Peer Educators
    Free Food for Thought Gang Green Street Team
    Game Day Interns SYE Ambassadors & Leadership Team --
  • Student Leader Selection Spring 2021


    Preview & Preparation Experience opens February 1   The Preview & Preparation experience is optional but strongly encouraged. This is an online, self-paced form that provides an introduction to organizations of interest alongside supportive resources to help you prepare for the application process. Organizations will be notified of the students that participate in the experience. The Preview & Preparation Experience can be found on Engage Forms. Click here to access the experience.  
    Application opens February 8   The application can be found on Engage Forms or by clicking here. There is only one application for all participating organizations. However, be sure you select all organizations that you intend to apply for when prompted.  
    Application closes February 28   There will be no exceptions to this deadline. The application will close on February 28 at 11:59 p.m.  
    Interview Notifications March
    1 – 5  
    Organizations will review applications and update applicants via email at some point during the week of March 1st. Interviews are not guaranteed. There is a limited number of leadership positions. Applicants will receive either an interview invitation or denial email by the conclusion of this week.  
    Interview Workshop opens March 1   Applicants invited to interview will receive a link to a virtual, self-paced interview workshop. This is an optional opportunity to help you prepare for an interview. The link will be shared through the email invitation.  
    Interviews March
    8 – 12  
    Interviews will be conducted virtually. Students will receive an email invitation prompting them to sign up for an interview(s) time. If you apply to more than one organization, you may receive multiple invitations for interviews.  
    Selections announced March 17 Selections will be announced via Engage News on March 17. Applicants selected will also be notified via email.  
  • How to Participate:

    Step 1: Preview & Prepare

    Participate in the optional Preview & Preparation virtual, self-paced experience. This is optional but strongly encouraged. To access the Preview & Preparation Experience, login to Engage, click the Forms tab, and then search “Student Leader Selection Preview”.

    Step 2: Apply

    Applications open on February 8 and close February 28. There is only one application for all participating organizations. To access the application, login to Engage, click the Forms tab, and then search “Student Leader Selection Application”.

    Step 3: Check Email

    After you apply, check your email for an interview notification. Notifications will be emailed to your UAB email address March 1-5.

    Step 4: Interview Preparation

    Participate in the optional Interview Workshop. The workshop is a virtual, self-paced experience offered through Engage. To access the workshop, login to Engage, click the Forms tab, and then search “Student Leader Selection Interview”.

    Step 5: Interview

    Applicants invited to interview will receive instructions that outline how to sign up for an interview slot as well as information on how to access the virtual interview. Interviews will be conducted over the course of several days. Students that apply to more than one organization may have several interviews.

    Step 6: Selections

    Final selections will be announced via Engage News on March 17!

  • First Impact SLS Logo

    The First Impact Program is designed to provide leadership opportunities for new freshman and new transfer students. This program is sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership. Students selected for this program will be assigned to one of the following organizations to gain leadership development and support the organization’s events and initiatives. Each organization will select 5-6 First Impact members.

    Blazer Spirit Council
    Good Games UAB
    Leadership & Service Council
    University Programs Board
    Serve205

    Apply Here

    First Impact Program Learning Outcomes

    As a result of serving as a First Impact member within the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, students will be able to

    • Identity at least 1 role/element of effective teamwork through active participation in activities.
    • Apply at least 2 practical leadership skills to their roles.
    • Implement 1-2 effective event management or marketing strategies through the mock event presentation.
    • Identify at least 2 written and verbal communication strategies to use within an organization.
    • Articulate at least 3 individual strengths and how they impact their role on the team through the strengths-based discussions.

    First Impact Member duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • All First Impact members:
      • Attend required First Impact Program Workshops
      • Attend meetings and trainings for their assigned organizations; meeting times will vary depending on assigned organizations
      • Support, promote, and attend all events hosted by the assigned organization
    • Programming organization members:
      • Assist in the planning, marketing, and implementation of campus events that provide connections to campus, school spirit, and/or self-discovery
    • Service organization members:
      • Attend 1-2 service projects each month (September – November & January – April) hosted by the organization

    Minimum Requirements for Freshman Applicants:

    • 2.75 high school GPA required
    • Must be a first-time freshman at UAB in the 2021 calendar year
    • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire 2021-2022 academic year
    • Must submit an application and participate in the group interview process

    Minimum Requirements for New Transfer Applicants

    • 2.5 cumulative GPA required
    • Must be a new transfer student at UAB in the 2021 calendar year
    • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 hours) for the entire 2021-2022 academic year
    • Must submit an application and participate in the group interview process

    Selection Timeline

    Applications Open on Engage May 20 at 8 a.m.
    Applications Close August 1 at 11:59 p.m.
    Send Interview Invites & Sign Up August 2-4
    Candidate Interviews August 9-11
    Selections Announced August 13

    Organization Specific Meetings

    First Impact Members will attend meetings with their assigned organizations. Meeting times will vary by organization.


    First Impact Workshops

    Members will be required to attend two meetings per semester for First Impact members to evaluate leadership development progress.

    First Impact Workshops – last Tuesday of every month except April

    Workshop #1 Tuesday, August 31 @ 5pm
    Workshop #2 Tuesday, September 28 @ 5pm
    Workshop #3 Tuesday, October 26 @ 5pm
    Workshop #4 Tuesday, November 30 @ 5pm
    Workshop #5 Tuesday, January 25 @ 5pm
    Workshop #6 Tuesday, February 22 @ 5pm
    Workshop #7 Tuesday, March 29 @ 5pm
    Workshop #8 Tuesday, April 5 @ 5pm
  • FAQs

    Am I required to complete the Preview & Preparation Experience?

    We want you to be well-informed about the responsibilities and benefits of these opportunities prior to applying. However, participation in the Preview & Preparation experience is only encouraged. Preference will be given to students who participate, but any student that meets the eligibility requirements may apply.

    Is there a minimum grade requirement?

    Yes, we believe students need to devote focus on their academic obligations, first and foremost! Most organizations require a minimum of a 2.5GPA. This does differ by organization. For example, BMEN requires a 2.75 and the UAB Ambassadors require a 3.0. Attend a Preview event of check out the Engage “Student Leader Selection” organization page to learn more about each organization’s requirement.

    What is asked during the interviews?

    The interview portion of Student Leader Selection provides us with a better opportunity to learn about you, your interests, and strengths. Interviews are not mean to be intimidating or overwhelming; we just want to learn about you and your interest in this role! We provide an optional Interview Workshop as a part of Student Leader Selection to assist students who want to sharpen their interview skills.

    If I am selected, when do student leader positions start?

    The leadership position is for one academic year (Summer, Fall, and Spring). Student Leader training starts in April for most organizations.


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