Leadership Initiative for Future Teachers

Southern Research is committed to fostering creativity and impacting the next generation of scientists.


About LIFT

Gain leadership and non-profit experience and build relationships with a wide cross-section of the community, including leading scientists and engineers. Help advance our mission to embolden students who possess a passion for innovation and discovery to pursue their interests and strengthen the STEM community by serving as a LIFT Fellow.

Ideal candidates are passionate about STEM education, motivated to grow as leaders, and eager to gain experience working with students.

LIFT Fellows help facilitate and execute our field trip experiences with 6th-12th grade students.

Southern Research offers hands-on field trip experiences that provide opportunities for students to explore and engage in critical thinking, problem-solving and collaboration across a wide array of scientific and engineering concepts. Field trips expose students to various pathways that can lead to a career in STEM. Each field trip aligns with the Alabama Course of Study and the cutting-edge work conducted by Southern Research scientists and engineers.

Students engage in laboratory experiments and STEM experiences with real-world applications. The field trip program curriculum includes offerings covering infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, green engineering and renewable energy, and ocean acidification.

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Candidates must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and pursuing a career in a STEM field or education.

We are looking for students who are passionate about STEM education and who demonstrate excellent organizational and communications skills. These students are proactive and are able to work as part of a team.

It is important that you are responsible, punctual and detail-oriented.


Southern Research LIFT Fellows will receive a wage of $12 per hour.

Classroom Startup Grant

LIFT Fellows that meet the following requirements at the end of their service period will be eligible to receive a $2,500 startup grant to use in their classrooms:


The program takes place in the STEM Education Outreach Center at Southern Research:

2000 9th Avenue South,
Birmingham, AL 35205.


Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are now closed. Email questions about this program to stem@southernresearch.org.