University of Alabama Museums

Become a Student Member

UA Museums Student Members volunteering during Get on Board Day.
UA Museums Student Members volunteering during Get on Board Day.

All current UA undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for a free student membership to The University of Alabama Museums, which includes:

How to Sign Up

To become a Student Member, fill out this quick and easy online form!

When you sign up for Student Membership, you will be added to an email database that will keep you informed on UA Museums’ events!

UA Museum Club

UA Students within the UA Museums’ Student Membership have created the UA Museum Club. If you are interested in joining, fill out this online form to be added to an email newsletter. You can also stay in touch with the UA Museum Club on social media by following their Instagram account.

The Marble Bowl

From September 2-November 26, 2023, everyone can participate in The Marble Bowl by submitting observations of wild plants, animals and fungi to one of two projects on the iNaturalist platform. This online site stores crowdsourced, public observations of biological organisms. Listed below are the necessary steps to participate.

  1. Visit inaturalist.org and sign up for a free account. There is also a mobile application for smart devices.
  2. Be sure to join the “Marble Bowl 2023 – University of Alabama” project to ensure your observations count.
  3. To document an observation, you may shoot photos of wild organisms with your cell phone or camera.
    • Because cell phone photographs are automatically timestamped and geotagged, all of the necessary information is already with the photograph when you upload it. If you prefer to take photos with a digital camera, be sure to note the location and include it with your observation if the camera doesn’t geotag it for you.
  4. Observations may be uploaded to iNaturalist through a web browser or the app. As you submit observations, the platform’s artificial intelligence will suggest an identification based off what is in the photo along with similar species that have already been observed nearby. You are allowed to suggest a different identification if you’re confident about what you saw. Select your species, and then submit your citizen science observation.
  5. If you have any questions or need help with iNaturalist, contact Dr. John Friel (Director, Alabama Museum of Natural History) by emailing: jpfriel@ua.edu

Questions about Student Involvement?

For more information, email James Scott at jiscott@ua.edu.

You can also follow and keep up with UA Museums on TikTokXFacebook, and Instagram.

Upcoming Events


UA Museums Members and Supporters Tailgate

SEPTEMBER 23: UA Museums Student Members are invited to The Gorgas House Museum at 11:30 am. Check your UA Museums’ Student Membership Email Newsletter for the RSVP link!

UA Student Coffee Hour

SEPTEMBER 28: Take a break from classes and grab a FREE hot beverage and FREE snacks from 11 AM until 12 PM at the Gorgas House Museum.


Education Intern

The Alabama Museum of Natural History is looking for an education intern that will help with the design and implementation of education-related programs and events. If you’re interested, please contact Joyia Davis by emailing joyia.davis@ua.edu or calling (205) 348-6383.

Video Editing Intern

UA Museums creates video content on our YouTube channel and needs a video editing assistant intern and will provide opportunities to develop video editing skills for a demo reel! For more information on how to get involved, email Rebecca Johnson at rljohnson8@ua.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

Docents/Tour Guides/Content Creation

The Gorgas House Museum invites University of Alabama Students to become docents at the house. UA Students also have opportunities to create content for social media and run the UA Museums TikTok account! If interested, email Brandon Thompson at brandon.s.thompson@ua.edu If interested in helping give tours, email Brandon Thompson at brandon.s.thompson@ua.edu

Moundville Native American Festival Volunteer

Volunteer for the Moundville Native American Festival, which is being held at Moundville Archaeological Park on October 4-7, 2023! Fill out our online form to become a 2023 Festival volunteer. Volunteers have free entry to the Festival and will receive a Festival t-shirt.Watch our Volunteer Orientation video to learn about volunteer opportunities at the Moundville Native American Festival.

Social Media Marketing

UA Museums has opportunities for UA Students to help out with our social media accounts and websites! It’s a great chance for students interested in Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, and Graphic Design to get real world experience and portfolio examples. If interested, email Rebecca Johnson at rljohnson8@ua.edu.

Education Volunteers

Education volunteers will assist staff with K-12 programs at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Education Outreach Coordinator, Joyia Davis. Her email address is joyia.davis@ua.edu. You can also reach Joyia by calling (205) 348-6383.