Category: Student Stories


Parker-Adams: A Program for Success and Growth 

Desktop News | March 2023 Parker-Adams is a learning community program at The University of Alabama designed to support first-year students in their academic and personal success during college. It offers tailored courses to help students prepare for college life and beyond, including professionalism, resume building and mock interviews. The program’s emphasis on academic achievement, leadership opportunities, service learning, career preparation and networking has been a game-changer for many students, including Kila Stephens and Lauren Thompson, two College of Arts […]

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Ambassador Spotlight: Austyn West

Desktop News | March 2023 Austyn West, a student in the College of Arts and Science, is determined to make the most of his college experience despite the challenges he faced as a first-generation student. West has put himself through college with hard work and dedication, balancing his academic responsibilities with extracurricular activities. He is dedicated to taking advantage of all the opportunities college offers and hopes to encourage the same feeling in other students.   Initially, West found it challenging […]

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UA Student Shares Internship Experience at Detention Center

Desktop News | February 2023 Merritt Stovall, a criminology major and psychology minor, clinched a competitive internship position at the assessment office located inside the Adult Detention Center of Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Arizona, where only 6 of the 160 applicants were chosen. Stovall’s story is an example of how the College of Arts and Sciences ICUE Connector helps students have a robust educational experience and figure out what they want to do after graduation by providing tangible […]

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UA Student Study Abroad in Ireland, the Country of his Descent

Desktop News | February 2023 For 16 days in the summer, Benjamin Hand, a final-year student doing a bachelor’s and accelerated master’s program in geography, joined 11 students on a faculty-led study abroad trip to Ireland. His travel statement is a testament to the positive results ICUE has achieved since its founding. Despite being of Irish descent, Hand had not been to Ireland or anywhere outside the US, until this trip. The study abroad program gave him the chance to […]

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Austin Smithson Lands White House Internship

Desktop News | February 2023 In March 2022, The University of Alabama senior Austin Smithson took a trip that would forever change the scope of his career and life. The political science major went to Washington, DC, with the Washington DC: Professional Development Program to explore the city and make connections, ultimately leading him to an internship in the White House.    Smithson, a first-generation college student, pushed himself out of his comfort zone to find a place on campus […]

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Doctoral Student from Biological Sciences Selected for Acclaimed NOAA Fellowship

Desktop News | January 2023 Jake Dybiec, a biological sciences doctoral student, has obtained a paid fellowship from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, an institution under the purview of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The fellowship will cover Dybiec’s rent and living expenses for the next two years, thus relieving him of teaching duties for these years.  For 18 months starting from September 2022, Dybiec will be engaging in intensive fieldwork at Weekes Bay in Fairhope, Alabama. […]

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Graduate Student from Tbilisi Hitting the Right Keys in the US

From the UA News Center | Aslan Chikovani has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old. The first-year piano performance master’s student in The University of Alabama School of Music is already a well-known name around the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands, where he has been winning awards and accolades for years. He was even considered by many as a virtuoso at the age of 13. Now Chikovani is continuing his rise in the […]

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UA Student Receives Boren Scholarship to Study in Brazil

From the UA News Center | University of Alabama student Sean Atchison has received a Boren Scholarship for the study of languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Atchison, of Chatom, will study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with an emphasis on Brazilian culture, history and politics. Atchison is a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a depth study in Latin American studies and a minor in Spanish. He’s part of the UA Honors College, […]

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