Meet our current scholars


Ashley Adamson 


Theme: Neuroscience

I believe that the main advantage of the AMC21 Scholarship is the flexibility it offers in selecting rotations and the selection of a research mentor. Being designated as an exceptional student has not only been a true honor, but it has also opened several doors with potential research mentors. The funds also are a major advantage as they will allow me to purchase equipment and attend conferences earlier on in my career, rocketing me past where I could be otherwise so early on. The support from other scholars as well has been wonderful. I have spoken with several current AMC21 Scholars and they have offered loads of advice on the rotation and mentor selection process.


Ryan Strickland  

Theme: Neuroscience

The high level of support in my graduate studies is the main advantage of being an AMC21 scholar at UAB. Support comes in many forms through the
AMC21 scholars program and includes additional mentoring, networking, and funding. I believe these pillars of support will help create a strong foundation
and guide me successfully through my graduate studies.     


Patrick Song


Theme: Cancer Biology

The main advantage of joining the AMC21 scholars program is the ability to draw from the experience of the AMC21 scientific mentoring committee. As someone that is interested in revolutionizing cancer treatment, it was really important for me to surround myself with forward thinking individuals and people that are actively seeking to expand what is currently known about cancer therapeutics. Similarly, fellowships and grants tend to have low acceptance rates but having a group of highly successful and respected scientists willing to review my application places me in the most optimal position to succeed.

Abbigael Eli 

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Theme: Cancer Biology

I believe that the main advantage of being an AMC21 scholar in GBS is having your own dedicated funding for research and conference travel. If there is a lab you want to join that might be hesitant to accept you based on stipend support concerns, the support from AMC21 would solve this issue. It is also greatly advantageous to be able to attend conferences on a predetermined budget, rather than having to apply for separate grants/funding or asking your lab for travel funding.


Courtney Barkley photo of courtney

Theme: Microbiology 

Being offered an AMC21 scholarship heavily influenced my decision to attend UAB because the program is designed to provide the best professional development to its students. I think there are two main advantages of being an AMC21 scholar. The first being the discretionary funds which will broaden my opportunities to improve my scientific communication skills and to build a stronger network of mentors and colleagues. The second being a diverse network of faculty mentors who will provide me with critical guidance throughout my PhD training and career development.


Natalie Remiszewski 

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Theme: Neuroscience

I am very excited to be an AMC21 Scholar! I love that this program will allow me more creative freedom in my research and will give me the opportunity to meet with many other like-minded individuals. I really like knowing that I will have all kinds of mentorship through the AMC21 Scholar Program. I appreciate the emphasis on student support and cannot wait to take advantage of the new and exciting resources at my disposal during the course of my PhD work!