Interested in doing field work in Belize? Check this out!

  • October 16th, 2017
Study tropical conservation while exploring the many coral reefs in Belize.

Study Belize’s diverse rainforests, coral reefs, and visit Mayan ruins. Belize is unique in that it still contains relatively intact tropical forest as well as the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. However, while Belize has emerged as an international leader regarding conservation efforts, threats from climate change, poverty, and development still exist. The course is designed for students who are interested in marine sciences, conservation issues, biogeography, and outdoor adventures! We will examine the challenges of conservation in the tropics through experiential field learning.

6 hours credit in one of the following fields: New College, Geography, Environmental Science, Blount (possibly) and Honors by contract.

For more information contact Dr. Michael Steinberg mksteinberg@as.ua.edu

Student Completes Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • October 11th, 2017
Allison Farrar, right, received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Senior physics student Alison Farrar was selected to continue her research in Gaithersburg, Maryland, during the summer of 2017 as a part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a prestigious opportunity from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Farrar, whose research focuses on magnetic nanothermometry—a technique where magnetic properties can be used to measure temperature remotely—said the experience was invaluable as she works to determine her career in medical research.

“I loved my time at NIST because it allowed me to mature as a researcher by guiding a project from the very beginning in a relatively unexplored topic and learning more about experimental physics research,” she said. “I was able to apply and build on many of the skills I have learned at UA. I was also able to go on tours and learn about other areas of research, such as the neutron scattering facility and experiments. (NIST is home to one of only two neutron sources in the U.S.!) As I look forward to graduate school, it opened my eyes to many new areas of materials research I hadn’t known about before.”

Farrar worked closely with Dr. Cindi Dennis, a staff scientist in the Material Measurement Laboratory at NIST who initially introduced the SURF program to Farrar. With Dennis as her mentor, Farrar explored the way materials can be optimized for magnetic nanothermometry in regards to living cells, among other things. At the end of the summer, she presented her work as the Material Measurement Laboratory plenary speaker at the conclusive SURF colloquium.

Beyond the scholarly experience, Farrar said SURF offered many other benefits as well.

“I loved getting to explore the D.C. area, especially being able to see the Fourth of July fireworks celebration on the National Mall,” she said. “At NIST, there were lots of opportunities to meet scientists from different labs and get to know the other SURFers. I still keep in touch with many of them, and we might even end up seeing each other again at NIST or in graduate school.”

Farrar’s interest in medical research was stirred when she worked shifts in the neonatal intensive care unit at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center when she was in high school.

“After volunteering for three years in the NICU at LA County-USC Medical Center, I saw how much medical technology had changed in just the short time I had been there and how much it had improved outcomes for babies born today compared to when I was born,” she said.

Farrar, who will graduate in May of 2018, is currently applying to medical scientist training programs, which are combined MD and PhD programs to prepare her to be a medical researcher.

“I am interested in a career developing new medical technology, such as using nanomaterials for drug delivery or diagnostics, in addition to a clinical practice,” she said. “I want to be part of not only being there for patients and their families as a clinician, but also working to improve the science of medicine.”

Apply for the Emerging Scholars Program!

  • September 21st, 2017

Within the Office for Undergraduate Research is the Emerging Scholars Program. The Emerging Scholars Program is an exciting opportunity for students at the University of Alabama that helps them get involved in research with a faculty mentor in their chosen field. For more information, check out the link above, and to apply, click here.

Submit Abstracts Now for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill

  • September 14th, 2017

Applications can now be submitted for CUR’s 22nd annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, DC. This competitive event gives students the opportunity to showcase their research to congressional members, meet with their representatives, and learn about advocacy for undergraduate research. Applications will be accepted from September 6, 2017, to November 1, 2017.

For more information or to submit, click here.

Research Resource Center to Open August 28, 2017

  • August 25th, 2017

To receive in-person assistance regarding the Emerging Scholars Program or to ask questions about the Office of Undergraduate Research, please visit us at the Research Resource Center located in room 173B of Rose Administration. Hours include:

  • Monday from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Planning on applying to medical school?

  • August 1st, 2017

Come out to the Office for Undergraduate Research & the Honors College’s speaker series featuring Dr. Dan Avery who will talk about navigating the medical school application process on Monday, Nov. 6th from 5:30-7pm in the Ferguson Center Great Hall.