Category: Student Stories


WiPA Secures Grant to Promote Female Participation in STEM

Desktop News | May 2023 Kaitlyn Hemauer, an undergraduate Physics and Math major and the president of the Women in Physics & Astronomy (WiPA) group at The University of Alabama, has secured a prestigious grant from the American Physical Society (APS). The grant provides funding of up to $1,000 and will be used to support the group’s efforts in promoting women’s participation in physics and astronomy.  WiPA’s mission is to foster connections between female physicists at all career stages and […]

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Ambassador Spotlight: Alexa Kays 

Desktop News | May 2023 Alexa Kays, a College of Arts and Sciences student, exemplifies the power of active participation in campus activities. As a dedicated International Studies and Dance major and Italian minor on the Pre-Law track, Kays has immersed herself in a diverse range of organizations and activities, resulting in transformative experiences and career opportunities.  In her role as the Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador Program, Kays has had the opportunity to connect […]

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STEM Student Discovers Opportunities at the Intersection of Science and Politics in D.C. 

Desktop News | May 2023 When Maggie Koury signed up for the Washington D.C. Professional Preparation Program, she wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. As a STEM major, she was intrigued by research and development, but she wondered if there was a place for her in the political sphere of D.C.  But as soon as Koury arrived in the nation’s capital, she was blown away by the wide range of opportunities available to her. The program itinerary included briefings from […]

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The Intersection of Recreation and Education 

Desktop News | April 2023 In the heart of Northport, Alabama, a unique community effort has given rise to the Van de Graaff Park Eco Trail, a stunning example of how local organizations can come together to promote conservation and environmental education. Multiple groups, including The University of Alabama’s Conservation Biology Society, Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa Morning and PARA, joined forces to create this trail that now stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and inclusivity.  The UA […]

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The Impact of Alumni Support on the Washington D.C. Program 

Desktop News | April 2023 The Washington D.C. Professional Preparation Program provides an opportunity for students to explore careers and professional situations while gaining necessary skills and knowledge for success. The program gives students the opportunity to experience cultural activities and life in Washington D.C. during their Spring Break, while also facilitating introductions to various government agencies and organizations. However, what sets this program apart is its recognition of the vital role that alumni support plays in students’ professional journeys. […]

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A Journey to Graduation 

Desktop News | April 2023 December 2023 Devin Cain will walk across the stage in Coleman Coliseum and move his tassel from one side of his mortar board to the other as a graduate of The University of Alabama. Yet that swift, blink of an eye motion, symbolizes the close of a nine-year chapter in Cain’s life marked by difficult obstacles and perseverance.  Cain’s story begins in his small hometown of Athens, Alabama, where he developed a love for The […]

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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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