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June 2, 2016

Spring semester ended before we knew it, the summer has begun, and so have orientations!  We just overhauled and simplified the CoS Advising pages, including some great pages for our incoming students.  We strongly recommend that future Chargers work out which courses they are going to register for prior to their orientation session.  Why?  So you can get out early and go enjoy the summer!  We will send out a list of suggested classes 2 weeks before you arrive, so review it and send us any questions you have or updates we need.  

We'll also be overhauling our Week of Welcome Open House this year, so stay tuned for details on that.  

And finally, I'm in the news again!  This time regarding our work with HudsonAlpha's APPLE program.  I'm really proud of this collaboration and what it has provided for our students and the community.  Any biology and/or chemistry students who are interested in volunteering for the upcoming fall and spring semesters should email me at  

April 15, 2016

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We’ve had 3 big events over the past few weeks: the annual Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF), our first ever Honors Orientation, and Admitted Student Day.

One of my favorite things to do each year at ASEF is the safety check-in, because I get to meet so many students from across the state AND see so many great projects. More pictures and the full lists of award winners can be found at our ASEF website.  Thanks to all of the event sponsors, and to the student volunteers who helped me with the check-in.

And speaking of student volunteers...thanks to our students' volunteer service hours, the the College of Science received the Silver Service Award from the US Space & Rocket Center. Contact me,, if you are a student interested in volunteering there over the summer. There’s nothing like helping advance STEM education while surrounded by rockets and science and hope and wonder!

February 23, 2016

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When?  Who?

Where?  What?

And how?!?!




We got them all at the Questions Table at this year's North Alabama Science Olympiad.  

Congratulations to all of the winners.  And thanks again to all of the volunteers who make it 
possible...though watching students compete in these amazing science events is all the thanks most of us will ever need! 

Here's an article about the event:


February 18, 2016

Check out the great article (that I’m quoted in) about The Biology Society, the biology student club at UAH:

You can follow their activities at their Facebook page: executive committee

January 10, 2016 

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Welcome back everybody!  Except for those students just joining us, and there were a lot this semester.  For you all just Welcome!  We hope you are enjoying all of the Week of Welcome activities.  I was happy to team up with the Undergraduate Research Coordinator to provide coffee and cocoa in the Shelby Center lobby on the first day of class.  Remember that registration for summer and fall classes begins a month earlier this semester, and don't forget to submit your abstracts for Research Horizons Day coming up in April.

I'll soon be back out visiting high schools and community colleges, and I'll be helping set up and run the annual North Alabama Science Olympiad next month.  If your school is participating, send me an email at and let me know what you would like to see or do this year in our awards ceremony.  

December 7, 2015

jchs stem career fairWe've had 2 big recruitments events over the past month:  the UAH Discovery Days on Novembers 7 and 21.  Even though we didn't have great weather for the first one, and there was tons of important football going on during the second, we had a great turnout.  More importantly, everyone in the CoS Dean's Office had a great time meeting our future Chargers and their families!  Remember, if you run into any issues applying and transitioning to UAH during the next months, contact me at  Fixing those issues is part of my job!

I've been out to several high schools as well, including running a STEM Career Day at James Clemens High School.  It's great to see so much interest not just in UAH, but in science careers.  Remember, preparing for a science career starts in high school.  Check out our advising degree checksheets to see what you will need to take (and be prepared to take) as a science major.  

October 27,2015

The College has been able to participate in and help out with some great science outreach events over the past month, including the Rocket City Weather Fest and the Girls' Science and Engineering Day.  And I've been out talking to classrooms about getting prepared for college as a science student.  One of the best resources we have are the degree checksheets, which can be found on our Academic Advising pages.  Any student interested in science should start looking over what courses science programs require, keeping in mind that those courses cover the knowledge needed for a successful undergraduate research project and a rewarding career.  

Every year during UAH Homecoming, we put on a picnic for our students.  This year's was a great success with record turn-out, and all the faculty and staff who participated had a great time.  I would especially like to thank the UAH Biology Society for their help in setting up and cleaning up, neither very glorious tasks but both very critical.  And our Science Ambassadors were able to get some great pictures of the event!

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September 18, 2015

It's been a whirlwind month for the College of Science and UAH.  But we've had some great news:  our enrollment, freshman class, and average ACT are all at record highs. 

I've been out visiting high schools, helping our partners at the HudsonAlpha APPLE program, and at the Madison County and the Birmingham NACAC college fairs.  

And, we are expanding our social media to include Instagram and Periscope.  Our first Periscope is up today, showing the fair portion of the UAH Health Careers day.  It's our first, so they'll get better as I figure out how to get the best video quality.  


August 17

We mark the end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester with our annual Week of Welcome CoSmic Beginning Bash.  I want to thank all of the students and faculty who attended, and I have already heard from several faculty that they had a wonderful time meeting so many of our incoming students.  

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But the UAH Week of Welcome fun keeps going, so I was also able to represent the College at the Research and Creative Experience for Undergraduates Open House.  We have lots of opportunities for undergraduates in all of our majors to do research.  If you weren't able to attend and are interested in getting involved, please contact me at  

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August 10, 2015

Check out the new UAH Snapchat filter!

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August 6, 2015

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Each year I get to attend the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Graduate Student Recruitment Fair and see the amazing research that current undergraduates from across the country do there over the summer.  This year included one of our graduating students, Emily Layden, who is staying to work there permanently.

If you are a current UAH student who is interested in spending next summer doing research in Oak Ridge, contact me at and I can help you start the application process.  



 July 31, 2015

I enjoyed this year's BioTrain Poster Session at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.  We are always excited for our students who get to participate in this amazing program.  

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Zac McGee's viral epigenomic research, Demeco Pope's research on educational outreach, and Chloe Whitworth's bone marrow research

If you didn't get to do BioTrain this year, you don't have to wait until next summer to work with HudsonAlpha.  The UAH College of Science works with their APPLE high school outreach program.  Any Biology or Chemistry student who is interested in participating can learn more about the program at our August 27 training session or contact me for details.  

July 27, 2015

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The CoS faculty and staff enjoyed meeting all of the attendees that stopped by our tables at Friday's Charger Preview.  

If you missed it, there's another one coming up September 26.  And the university will have 2 Discovery Days in November (11/7 & 11/21) where we will be able to showcase our student research and our amazing research facilities.


June 18, 2015

The College of Science is looking for some students to start a team for the 2015 Pumpkin Blast.  If you are interested, email  

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Some advice for students coming to an orientation from students who have already been through one:

  • wear walking shoes
  • come prepared to have fun
  • pack as lightly has you can
  • bring a small fan (it gets hot!)

If you've been through an orientation and want to add to the list, email  We'll be emailing out the list plus our invitation to our Week of Welcome event soon. 

June 11, 2015

2015 Orientation 1-aThe College of Science's Orientation 2015 page is now live.  It contains all of the materials and the presentation that we provide during the college's part of orientation and is meant to compliment our Class of 2019 page.  And after our first 2 big summer orientation sessions, we are all thrilled at the enthusiasm and initiative shown by our incoming students. 

At orientation, you go through a workshop about how to choose your classes for the fall, meet 1-on-1 with an advisor, and then register for classes with some of our successful current students helping you through the process.  

June 2, 2015

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We just finished our first big orientation for the summer, and we had a great time with our new students (even though our part of orientation isn't the most exciting).  I'll have an 2015 College of Science Orientation page up soon with all of the materials that we hand out and our first-day presentation. 


If you haven't signed up for and orientation, or even if you have, your choice of schedules will be significantly larger in the early sessions than in the later (August) ones. 


May 7, 2015

Our first orientation of the summer is always exciting.  We are trying a new workshop format for our first-time freshmen orientations, and it seems to have gone well.  If you want to get a head start on orientation, our Class of 2019 page has been updated for the summer.  We'll have our orientation presentations and hand-outs up the first week of June. 

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April 11, 2015

We had a new format for our first Open House of the year:  Admissions replaced the college visits with a browsing fair with all of the colleges and departments.  All the college participants, including our Science Ambassadors, really liked this format.  We just wish we could have given some tours of our research centers during another part of the day. 

If you attended this Open House (and even if you didn't) and would like to visit some of the College of Science research centers and facilities, email me at to set it up.


April 8, 2015


Congratulations to all of the participants at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair this past weekend.  I'm always amazed at the science that middle- and high-school students do around our state, and I'm always jealous that I never got to do a project when I was in high school. 

This is the 20th year that UAH and the College of Science have hosted the state-wide fair, and it's something that we are very proud of.  I enjoyed meeting and talking to all those future scientists and their families, and I hope you'll all contact me about how to become a future Charger.

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