The University of Alabama is proud of our graduate students’ accomplishments in research, in the classroom, and beyond. Click below to learn more about some of the wonderful things that our students do, and their potential to change the world.

Caitlin Byrne – Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling

Apr 2016

Caitlin Byrne is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Educational Research program. Her research interests include social media, achievement, and student adjustment to college. Caitlin has presented her work at the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society Conference, the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and UA’s ESPRMC Symposium. Caitlin has co-authored publications in Gifted […]

Rogie I. Rodriguez – Mechanical Engineering

Mar 2016

Dr. Rogie I. Rodriguez, studying under the guidance of Dr. J. B. Jordon, graduated from The University of Alabama in December 2015 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Rodriguez has a strong background in material characterization and analysis, including optical and scanning electron microscopy, metallography, differential scanning calorimetry, and mechanical testing. Dr. Rodriguez’s dissertation […]

Molly Lockart – Chemistry

Feb 2016

Molly Lockart is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry. A native of Lathemtown, GA, she attended Berry College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Molly is continuing her life-long passion for pursuing answers through graduate level research. Molly studies cytochrome P450 enzymes using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). She has presented […]

Brandon Chicotsky – Communication and Information Sciences

Jan 2016

Brandon Chicotsky is a Ph.D. student in Communication and Information Sciences (C&IS) and has lectured in the following courses: Investigations and Insights (APR 280); Public Relations Writing (APR 332); Mass Communications (MC 101); and The Business of Celebrity in Social Media (Taught in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Brandon earned his Bachelors from The University […]

Grace Hudgins – Culverhouse School of Accountancy

Dec 2015

Despite being born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Grace Hudgins always knew that she wanted to go to The University of Alabama. She graduated in December 2014 from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and is currently a Masters of Accountancy candidate. Grace will begin her career in Atlanta with PricewaterhouseCoopers […]

Hylan Noble – Communicative Disorders

Nov 2015

A native Alabamian, Hylan Noble is a graduate student in the Department of Communicative Disorders. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work as a Research Coordinator and Clinician at the Vanderbilt University Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. […]

Jean Swindle – Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies

Oct 2015

Jean Swindle originally hails from Sumter, South Carolina, but is a permanent resident of Asuncion, Paraguay, where her last position was as principal of a bilingual K-12 school.  She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish from Coker College (Hartsville, SC) and completed her Master’s in Secondary Education through UA’s College […]

Lee Johnson III – Department of Health Science

Sep 2015

Lee Johnson III is a graduate student in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science. Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Lee has always had a unique love for learning. Lee graduated from Shelton State Community College, receiving his Associate of Science Degree in Music Education in August […]

Tawanna Samuel – School of Social Work

Aug 2015

Tawanna Samuel is a native of Ralph, Alabama and a student in the Master’s of Social Work program. At the age of 19, Ms. Samuel became a foster parent. Ms. Samuel’s love of children has continued. She is currently a licensed therapeutic foster parent with Brewer Porch Children’s Center. At The University of Alabama Ms. […]

Lieutenant Commander Christian T. Melendez – Capstone College of Nursing

Jul 2015

Lieutenant Commander Melendez, a native of Dana Point, California, earned a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Alabama. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Prior to attending The University of Alabama, Lieutenant Commander Melendez graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts, the […]