April 18, 2013
The graduating seniors of the Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP)  voted Dr. Stephen A. Watts,  professor of Aquatic and Marine Biology and graduate program director in the Department of Biology , as its Outstanding Professor in Biology. One of three professors to be honored, Dr. Watts will be presented with a plaque in honor of his teaching excellence at the EMSAP Graduation Dinner at Vulcan Park on Wednesday, May 1st.
Dr. Watts’s basic research interests are in the areas of animal and plant nutrition and health, particularly as they relate to aquatic/marine biology and human health. Primary areas of research include growth, reproduction, physiology and biochemistry (physiological ecology), endocrinology, and immunological responses to nutritional and environmental stressors.
EMSAP is an undergraduate and medical school education program that provides highly qualified students with an enriched undergraduate experience in preparation for attending medical school, while also offering maximum flexibility to explore interests in humanities, social sciences, or any other major. Overseen by Department of Philosophy  Professor Gregory E. Pence, PhD, the program assures admission to the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM)  upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from an undergraduate program.