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Physics Alumna Named NSF, GEM/Intel Fellow
Brittney Terry’s rich internship and research experiences reflect not only her own initiative and dedication, but also the personal attention of faculty mentors and Samford’s emphasis on undergraduate research, career exploration and preparation for graduate education.
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Research Internship Offers Key Academic, Career Skills
Samford law, politics and society major Ak Vance served a unique internship in academic research this spring, working with political science professor Serena Simoni on her latest scholarly project.
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Students Launch New Issue of Award-Winning Magazine
The spring 2021 issue of Samford’s award-winning, student-produced magazine The Local has launched! In addition to the digital magazine, print issues are available on campus and around Homewood, Vestavia Hills and Birmingham.
 
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Black Women Speak Through Student Film
Camille Womack's film features unfiltered conversations with four young black women about their experiences with racism in education, the workplace, society and media.
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Student PR Campaign Helps Grow Alumna Business
Journalism and mass communication students developed a professional public relations campaign for Samford alumna and Paper Eliza CEO Eliza Bishop this spring.
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Undaunted by COVID-19, Student Journalists Earn Top Regional Honors
Samford University journalism and mass communication students earned honors across a range of categories in Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) competition in March. Their work was among 370 entries from 27 schools.
 
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Samford Students Win Gold Addy Award for Firehouse Ministries Project
Under the supervision of professor Dan Haun, the students created a complete ad campaign for the Stop, Drop and Run 5k Virtual Run event in December. The project helped raise $8,000 to support Firehouse Ministries programs
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Bottcher Named Goldwater Scholar
Junior chemistry and biochemistry double-major Sydney Bottcher has earned a 2020-2021 Goldwater Scholarship, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors.
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Mentoring, Internship, Service Create Path To Law School for Arts & Sciences Graduate
Graduating political science major Hannah Maynor will head into an unexpectedly transformed world of graduate education this December, but with confidence that she is prepared to meet its challenges.
 
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Samford PRSSA Chapter Honored for Innovative Remote Learning Project
The honor recognizes the chapter’s work as a founding member of the new PRSSA Reimagined project, which provides virtual public relations learning, networking and professional development in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Owens Selected for White House Historical Association Slavery Project
Samford French, Global and Cultural Studies and University Fellows alumna Mia Owens ’19 has earned a prestigious two-year fellowship to research and develop interpretive material about the history and legacy of slavery throughout Washington, D.C., and research and write for The White House Historical Association’s Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood initiative.
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Remote Summer Research Helps Refine Career Interests
Computer science student Logan Casperson completed a National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of North Texas (UNT) this summer. COVID-19 complicated things, but Casperson was able to participate in the career-building experience remotely.
 
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Graffeo Combines Religion, English to Prepare for Law Career
Graduating senior Carol Graffeo is interested in the relationship between law and religion in the U.S., so she combined Samford majors in English and religion on the road to one of the nation’s most prestigious law schools.
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Mentoring, Research Were Essential for Chemistry Graduates
Three outstanding chemistry and biochemistry students in the class of 2020 highlighted the importance of mentoring in a department that emphasizes faculty-led research.
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Opened to Exploration, Overby Created Her Own Niche
Waiting out the pandemic, Sarah Overby prepared a research article for publication, sought a way to help with local COVID-19 testing, and remained hopeful that she would be soon return to studies in Oxford and Valencia. She learned, long ago, to look over the horizon, past the strangeness and fear of new experiences.
 
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Psychology Alumnus Thrives as Neuro-Oncology PA
Samford psychology alumnus Young-Bin Song '09 became a physician assistant at Alvord Brain Tumor Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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Computer Science Students Work At Forefront of Technological Revolution
When computer science professor Greg Kawell secured a grant to purchase four new virtual reality units, he asked the Samford community for project ideas. The response was overwhelming, and Kawell’s computer science students worked across disciplines to develop VR projects throughout the university.
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Samford STEM Scholar Prepares to Fight Growing Cybersecurity Threat
A summer research experience immersed Burks in cutting-edge exploration of remote sensing and cybersecurity. The latter was of special interest, and helped him and his research partners develop a way to train computer networks to mitigate malware attacks.