The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Alabama is to support undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty involved in undergraduate research by overseeing and implementing programs that will facilitate, fund, and recognize undergraduate research efforts.
Director of Undergraduate Research & Director of the Emerging Scholars Program
Dr. Kim Bissell
Dr. Kim Bissell (Ph.D., Syracuse University) is a Professor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, serves as the College’s Associate Dean for Research, and is the University’s Director of Undergraduate Research. She is the Southern Progress Endowed Professor in Magazine Journalism and also serves as the Director for the College’s Institute for Communication and Information Research and the co-director of the Health Communication Lab. Her research interests lie in the intersection of media, health, and children, and her recent publications have been related to the role of media in the development of children’s nutritional knowledge and attitudes. Dr. Bissell was recently won UA’s prestigious Blackmon Moody Award and was named as UA’s SEC Professor of the Year.
Mary Katherine Alsip Shreves has a long history with The University of Alabama. She completed her B.A. in Communication in 2009, her M.A. in Telecommunication and Film in 2010, and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication with a focus in Media Cognition in 2011. Dr. Shreves has been a Research Associate for the Institute for Communication & Information Research since 2011, where she has worked on many projects in the area of Health Communication. She took over the Emerging Scholars Program in January 2015 and supports the Office for Undergraduate Research’s mission to promote research to undergraduates across campus.