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Coming up in The Honors College
02/16: Grand Challenges Forum (GCF)
Now: Apply for 2018 Orientation Advisor and Retreat Counselor


Grand Challenges Forum (GCF)
The Honors College welcomes a diverse group of distinguished scholars, authors, activists and artists in an effort to further the University?s commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking and scholarly excellence. The theme for the GCF’s 2017-18 academic year is “Bold Actions,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association and the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The GCF is open to the entire UH Community. All lectures are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. Coming up: Feb. 16: Colleen Sheehan, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University; Steven Smith, Professor of Political Science, Yale. For more information please visit:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session-Feb. 22, 4-5 p.m. in the Honors Commons.
Would you like to teach English abroad for a year? Do you have a research project that you want to conduct in another country? Not sure what to do after graduation? Come learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

Fulbright Student grants provide recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists with opportunities for personal and professional development. The program is one of the largest academic exchanges in the world, providing approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study and in more than 140 participating countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

Interested? Check out the Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session on Feb. 22 from 4-5 p.m. in the Honors Commons. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Learning Abroad Office.

Global Health Conference 
The Houston Global Health Collaborative (HGHC) is proud to announce the 2018 GLOCAL Conference in partnership with Rice Business on March 9-10. This is an annual gathering of interdisciplinary professionals with a passion for global health innovation and advancement. This year our tracks include Global Surgery, Innovations and Sustainability, Disaster Recovery, Local Opportunities, Healthcare Business, and Global Health Humanities. SPECIAL DEAL UNTIL Feb. 22! If students purchase tickets in groups of two or more, each ticket is only $20 each! You can buy tickets here. 

Join SGB Y2K Party
Join SGB in reminiscing the 2000's at our Y2K Party on Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Honors College! Make key chains and bracelets, watch a movie, and dance with us! There will be a costume contest, free food, and games available! View more event details and vote for what movie you want to see at our Facebook event here

Apply to be a 2018 Orientation Advisor and Retreat Counselor
Apply online to advise students at summer Orientations and/or be a Retreat Counselor at the 2018 Honors Retreat, which is August 16-17 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Students who serve as an Orientation Advisor at four Orientation sessions will be able to attend Honors Retreat for free. The deadline to apply is February 23, 2018. Please contact Dr. Rita Sirrieh ( with any questions.

BRASIL SECRETO--Brazilian Art, Prose and Poetry in Translation
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4-5:30 p.m. at the Brazilian Arts Foundation
(316 Pecore Street)

Many Americans know Brazil as the land ofsamba, futebol, & carnaval, but few know of the “secret” Brazil, a country with a richhistory in the visual and literary arts.

Join us to celebrate Brazilian art and culture. A collaboration of members of the Capoeira Luanda, Samba Gafieira and Portuguese programs atthe Brazilian Arts Foundation, this event will feature fiction by Gabriela Maya, poetryin translation by D.A. Smith, and a Q&A with Houston-based painter Tony Paraná. Light refreshments served. For further information, contact

CHAMP Needs Volunteers
The Cougars and Houston Area Mathematics Program (CHAMP) is looking for volunteers! If you're interested in tutoring middle school and high school students in our local community, please visit the CHAMP website for sign-up information. Tutors need not have an extensive math background, but should be reliable and committed to being a positive influence in the community. Carpools are available to and from the UH campus.
Tutoring will take place at:
KIPP Sunnyside High School- Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Ryan Middle School- Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
KIPP Liberation Middle School- Saturdays, 10:30 AM-12:30 p.m.

KaplanTest Prep
Kaplan is running a new promotion that I believe would be extremely beneficial for students in the honors college. Its completely free and provides students with access to practice tests, bootcamps, free online classes, and other resources to help students pursue a graduate school of their choice. For more information, click here.

After Harvey, wondering what to do to help?
One of the ways the UH community is providing service and support in the aftermath is through UH CARES (Cougar Assisted Relief Efforts). The initiative organizes UH volunteers into teams and take on projects in the wake of the storm. The program is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University. Go here and join!



Interested in Going Abroad? 

Keep in touch with the Honors College’s very own study abroad blog, which outlines opportunities and reflects on students’ experiences: 

Enroll now for the Study Abroad trip to ItalyRomeFlorenceSienaSan Gimignano, and Capri for May 15-25, 2018! Participation is limited to 25 students, and remaining spaces are filling up fast, so please register now to secure your place. The link for registration is available here, as well as in the attached brochure which provides details about the trip, dates, cost, what is covered, flight information, and an itinerary with a few daily highlights. 

The cost of the trip has been reduced to $2,800 to make it as economical as possible, and all Honors students have access to a $500 scholarship from the Dean’s Office. Students who hold National Merit, Tier One, or Terry Foundation scholarships are also eligible to request up to $2,000 in scholarship funds be used for this Study Abroad program. Please contact Dr. Gish, if you have any questions (



Smithsonian Internship
In our fourth summer in partnership with the Smithsonian, 10 UH students will be placed in four-week individual internships in Washington, D.C. In 2017, UH interns worked in the Smithsonian Archives, conducted research at the National Zoo, the Center for Folk-life and Cultural Heritage, the Museum of Natural History, among other placements. 

Housed in the Honors College, the internship is open to all majors and UH students. The experience will challenge you to broaden your thinking and sharpen your skills and understanding of complex issues in science, history, the arts, culture and other disciplines. All of this against the backdrop of all that Washington, D.C. has to offer. Application Deadline: Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. Click here for a flyer. Click here to apply.

Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program
The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program, Undergraduate and graduate college students learn about environmental issues and gain professional work experience through a paid, full-time summer internship, either at the TCEQ, other state agencies, or in the private sector. Go to the website to find out more information and apply. Application Deadline: March 9, 2018.

Research Opportunity at BCM - Spring and Summer 2018
The ​Aiden Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University is seeking highly motivated undergraduates interested in obtaining research experience and ultimately pursuing careers in ​interdisciplinary research.​ ​We're ​especially ​looking for molecular biologists, computer scientists,​​ and biophysicists​, ​but if you're a really creative scientist of any variety and are interested in the sorts of things we do, reach out to us!​ We believe undergraduate students are a critical part of a research lab and actively encourage growth opportunities for our students. M&H Genetics Department at Baylor College of Medicine.

CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Computational Cancer Biology

The Computational Cancer Biology Training Program (May 30–August 3, 2018) offers selected summer research undergraduates the chance to work one-on-one in labs with postdoctoral fellows who have mentors at the interface of two different research disciplines: one computational and one biological. 

You will be matched for a research experience in one of the participating labs of the Gulf Coast Consortia, which is comprised of multiple institutions in Houston and Galveston, Texas, according to your interests, previous knowledge and/or experience, and the availability of positions. You will work full time (~40 hours/week) during this 10-week period on an ongoing project in the lab, learn lab protocol and techniques, attend workshops (including but not limited to proper lab notebook keeping, research ethics, constructing effective abstracts, scientific reports, and PowerPoint presentations), and prepare a final report and present a poster on your project at the end of the program.

Frontiers in Science Summer Research Program
The Frontiers In Science (FIS) Program is intended to introduce students from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines, and to engage faculty in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research activities. Available to undergraduates at the University of Houston (UH) and Houston Community College (HCC), selected students will participate in cutting-edge science research in the field of biological physics during a 10-week program housed at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University. The application deadline is March 1. Interested? Visit the FIS website for information on how to apply.

Summer Neuroscience Internship Program at the University of Florida
The Summer Neuroscience Internship Program is a 10-week paid research internship from May 29–Aug. 3, 2018, hosted by the University of Florida’s Department of Neuroscience. We accept applications from college students studying at U.S.-based institutions who are not already accepted into postgraduate programs. All students interested in a neuroscience research career, and especially women and groups that remain disproportionately under-represented in the sciences, are encouraged to apply. 

All interns are offered housing and paid a stipend of $400 per week. Though previous research training is not required, applicants should show strong evidence of coursework in a relevant discipline. Applications must be submitted by March 15.

UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the University of Houston (SURF-UH) seeks to provide funding ($4,000) for rising UH sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate in a focused, full-time, 10-week research experience under the direction of UH faculty. This fellowship is open to students of all disciplines. Students graduating in spring and summer 2018 are not eligible for this program. The deadline for the SURF 2018 program is Friday, March 23. Interested? Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website for information on how to apply.



InfraRED: Late Night Luau
March 2 at 7 p.m.

Student Center South, Houston Room

Wonder of Watercolor
The Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking summer undergraduate interns to promote broader participation in training in the Learning Sciences. We aim to bring students to LRDC who embody the diversity of our nation, region, and city. LRDC interns gain experience in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning) by working on a project with a faculty member who specializes in this area. Interns may also work with advanced graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the faculty members' labs. Learn more about the program at Deadline April 1.