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Faculty, Staff & Student Toolbox

The Experiential Learning Toolbox is provided to assist faculty and students with the creation and implementation of events and programs by providing resources and information to consider. ICUE can help with publicizing and marketing events, making room reservations, presentation delivery, risk management, and audio/visual equipment.


Academic & Career Resources

At the UA Career Center, professional advisors can help with

  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Portfolios
  • Interview Prep
  • Networking
  • Career Exploration

Appointments are encouraged and can be made on Handshake.

Create your own online portfolio to enhance your job applications with work examples, videos of performances or speeches, photos of events you participated in, writing samples, and anything else to enhance your work and accomplishments. Several websites, such as Wix, WordPress, and Portfolium, offer free options for creating an e-portfolio.

Log in to Handshake with your myBama username and password to find information for students involving events, internships, job opportunities, and more.

Assistance is available for professional, academic, and personal writing through the UA Writing Center. Appointments are encouraged and may be obtained through their website.

Appointments are encouraged and can be made on Handshake.

Planning & Publicizing Events

UA offers several different spaces for faculty and students use from study spaces to large events. Some of these are listed on The Source website.

Gorgas Library

Gorgas offers several different rooms to reserve for studying or for larger events. Popular rooms for hosting events are Camellia and Yellowhammer. See the guidelines for more information related to how to reserve.

Student Center

The Student Center offers several rooms for events of all kinds. Go to their website to make a reservation. View Rooms at a Glance to see which room will best meet your needs.

Specialty Rooms

CIS’s “Speaking Studio” offers space and equipment for practicing and critiquing your presentations and speeches. Consultants are available to provide critiques.  Groups are welcomed.  Reservations required.


Etech has several spaces for room reservations. For more detailed information about their rooms and equipment, visit their Room Reservations page.

eTech (buildings managed by Arts & Sciences): Contact for assistance with AV installed in rooms or to obtain advice on possible set ups or additions at 205-348-4832 or etech@ua.edu.

OIT’s Audio Visual Solutions offers different technological services and is available to answer questions. For technological help, call them at 205-348-3453 or avsolutions@ua.edu.

UA Events Calendar

Post events on the UA calendar. To post, go to the events calendar on UA’s website and click “submit event”. Log in with your myBama ID, then create the event by posting a detailed description of at least a paragraph (4-5 sentences).

A&S Calendar

The College of Arts and Sciences has its own, separate events calendar for publicizing events. To have your event added, contact Franklin Kennamer or submit a publicity request form.

ICUE Calendar

Information about events associated with ICUE and the ICUE calendar can be sent to Pam Derrick.

UA offers options for posting on digital signage (aka media boards) specific to A&S or the entire University.

For events that are relevant for the entire campus, post through OIT.

The College of Arts and Sciences has boards specifically for A&S buildings that can be requested through eTech.

There are two options for creating a digital sign for either A&S specific boards or those that are throughout campus: (1) send a submission request to have one created by eTech staff or (2) create a slide on your own to submit. Try to submit your request at least two weeks in advance from whenever you want your slide to start showing.

Waivers are necessary for trips and some events. Visit Risk Management’s website to find out which events might require waivers and which waivers to use.

ICUE Professional Prep Seminars

Learn how to be professional and prepared for future internships and job opportunities. All seminars are offered at various points throughout the semester. Visit the ICUE events calendar and watch digital signs for time and location.

5-hour long session about skills including resume development, interview skills, elevator speeches, how to dress, networking, and more.

Two-part series about how to identify internships, prepare for the application process, and make the most of time during an internship.

Series that covers professional preparation, business and dining etiquette, and office skills.

Funding for Experiential Learning

The Levitetz Leadership Program offers scholarships and stipends throughout the year for various projects and unpaid summer internships.

The Career Center offers internship stipends each semester. When open, the information can be found in Handshake under “jobs.”

Undergraduate Research

NIH Neuroscience Development for Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25)

Internal Submission Deadline: 2:00 PM, Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Funding Organization’s Deadline: Applications are due September 26, 2022
Limited Submission: Only one application per institution is allowed.
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research.

To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on

  • Research Experiences
  • Mentoring Activities
  • Curriculum or Methods Development

Besides the College’s ASSURE program, students may wish to pursue the following research funding opportunities:

Internal Funding Opportunities
Asian Studies Research Competition
The 2022 Asian Studies Research Awards, along with a small scholarship, will be given to UA undergraduates for selected submissions in two categories, essays and research papers. Essays are generally under 10 pages and can take various forms (book review, response paper, reflective essay, etc.). Research papers are generally longer than 10 pages and involve individual engagement with multiple sources to construct an original argument. These can be seminar term papers, independent study research papers, honors theses, creative projects, etc. A faculty committee will select an awardee in each category from submissions received. All submissions must have a substantial engagement with an aspect of Asia.

UA Away Scholarships
UA Away scholarships provide financial support for students who wish to participate in unique learning opportunities away from the UA campus. UA Away supports three distinct opportunities:

  • Study Away: Students travel to another country, city, or university to study in their academic fields. The Study Abroad Program and National Student Exchange offer these opportunities.
  • Serve Away: Students volunteer for service projects, often related to their fields of study or career goals, which expose them to issues related to poverty, hunger, and lack of educational resources, and expose them to new cultures and regions. Opportunities for service are available through the Center for Service and Leadership.
  • Work Away: Students receive first-hand work experience, related to academic and career goals, that increases their marketability to future employers.

External Funding Opportunities
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC) Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for full-time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts.

Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology) Undergraduate Research Grants
By providing funds for undergraduate Psi Chi student members who will serve as first author and project director, the Undergraduate Research Grants help to defray direct costs (barring stipends, salary, tuition, research assistants, etc.) of the student’s original, empirical, research project as well as introduce students to the process of applying and managing research grants. The Undergraduate Research Grants provides funds for well-rounded applications which demonstrate competence of and commitment to psychology’s best research practices.

Grant Proposals
Are you working on a grant proposal and would like assistance with your student recruiting efforts?

Send the following to Cadi Fung, coordinator of undergraduate research, at cadi.fung@ua.edu:

  • Project summary (1–2 pages) or another short synopsis, that includes the principal investigator’s name and affiliation and the project title
  • Broader impacts statement or another brief summary of outreach initiatives pertaining to undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Research Database
Submit an Undergraduate Research Opportunity to the UA Office for Undergraduate Research’s Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Database.