Top ornithology journal The Auk recently published a study by Dr. Rindy Anderson, Assistant Professor in Biology, and FAU alum Sabah Ali, about Bachman's sparrows vocal signaling entitled "Song and aggressive signaling in Bachman's Sparrow". Ali graduated last May at the age of 18 with his B.S. degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. He began work in the laboratory of Dr. Rindy Anderson as a volunteer in August 2015 and then became a Directed Independent Study (DIS) student. During his DIS, he completed two research projects on songbird cognition, won three undergraduate research awards and a prestigious FAU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, totaling more than $7,500. In addition, he presented his research at many FAU Research Symposiums, as well as a number of regional and national conferences. Ali was named FAU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the College of Science in 2016. Sabah is truly exceptional and a shining example of the outstanding success that FAU’s undergraduate research programs provide.