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Coming up in The Honors College

01/18: Grand Challenges Forum
01/31: 2019 NOAA Hollings Scholarship
02/06: US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes
02/22: Great Conversation Student Committee and Centerpiece Design Contest


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 2018-2019 academic year is “Lead In,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the UHAlumni Association and the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The GCF is open to the entire UHCommunity. All lectures are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. Coming up: Jan. 18: POWERFUL VOICES SERIES-Bill Colton, Former Vice President of Corporate Strategic Planning, ExxonMobil; Jan. 25: Michael Mendoza, Sustainability Manager, UH Office of Sustainability. For more information please visit:

CHAT-UH Spring Kick-Off
Join Honors in Community Health's CHAT-UH team for pizza, and learn how you could impact Houston's refugee and immigrant community through volunteer, internship, and work-study opportunities.  

Culture of Health- Advancing Together (CHAT) is a nonprofit with a mission to foster the health and well-being of immigrant and refugee communities through the education, arts, advocacy and access to care. For more information, please visit

The pizza party will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 4-5 p.m. in the M.D. Anderson Library, The Honors College Room 212S (the Large Classroom). Hope to see you there! To attend, please RSVP at 

Club Theater Auditions
Need a creative outlet? Interested in theater? Love having fun? Come audition for the Honors College Club Theater Spring 2019 Shorts Showcase!

Auditions will be held Tuesday Jan. 22nd and Wednesday Jan. 23rd from 6-9pm in the Honors Commons.

Current UH students will have the opportunity to audition for a variety of student-written short plays, an improv show, and a musical showcase. No need to prepare a monologue, we'll have script excerpts for you to cold read from! We'd love to see you on Tuesday and Wednesday, but you only need to attend one audition to be cast. For any questions or concerns, contact the producers at

Civics for ESL Learners
This free class will teach basic American government for ESL learners taking the first step towards preparing for the citizenship exam.

The class will be held on Tuesdays, from Jan. 22-March 12, 2019 at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2119 Avalon Place, Rooms 104 and 105, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Register here:

Find out more about Citizenship Learning here:
If you have questions, or require additional information, contact Dr. Michelle

Free U.S. Citizenship Exam Prep Course
The Honors College and the Advancing Community Engagement and Service Institute are sponsoring a free, eight-week preparation course for the U.S. Citizenship exam.

This class will be held on Thursdays, from Jan. 24-March 14, 2019 in the Honors College, M.D. Anderson Library, Room 212P, 6-8 p.m. Register here:

Find out more about Citizenship Learning here:
If you have questions, or require additional information, contact Dr. Michelle

Health-related Experiential Learning Opportunity
Assist with weekly food distributions at 2 Houston Community College campuses. Students must commit to a minimum of 3 hours on the days and times listed below. Participation does not need to occur both Wednesday and Friday but a consistent commitment is required. 

Wednesdays include: Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20, Mar 6, 
Mar 27, Apr 10, May 1, May 15 
Location: HCC – Northline Campus
Building E First Foyer
8001 Fulton Street Houston, TX 77022
Total time 9 - 2pm
*Setting up starts at 9:00AM
*Distribution 10am-2pm
*Breakdown and clean up 1-2pm

Fridays inlcude: Feb 1, Feb 15, Mar 1, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 26, May 10    
Location: HCC – Central Campus
San Jacinto Building, Room 112
1309 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004
Total time: 1-6pm
*Setting up 1:00-2:00pm
*Distribution 2-5pm
*Breakdown and clean up 5-6pm

If interested, send an email to Dr. Hernandez, subject: Assistance with HCC Food Distribution

SGB Welcome Back Bash!
Join SGB for a chill evening full of dancing, video/board games, and free food on Friday, Jan. 25th from 7-10 PM in the Honors College! We are excited to welcome everyone back to a new semester. Be sure to stick around for sweet snacks and lots of fun!

For more info:

BISF Undergraduate Public Policy Competition
Calling all submissions to the 2019 Undergraduate Public Policy Competition: Health and Technology Policy! 

The Baker Institute Student Forum's competition allows undergraduates to present their policy solutions for the nation’s pressing issues and interact with policy experts and representatives from the corporate, medical, academic, nonprofit and government spheres.

This year's conference addresses health and technology policy, with prompts
on artificial intelligence, health data usage, synthetic embryo research, the opioid crisis, and more! Rice and University of Houston undergraduates are invited to submit a policy proposal on how to best address existing problems or new opportunities in issues surrounding domestic health and technology. Finalists will be selected to present their policy papers at the Baker Institute. The top three presenters will receive cash prizes and publication of their papers in the Rice Journal of Public Policy.
The submission deadline is Jan. 26, 2019. Visit the BISF website,

UH Libraries Digital Scholarship Spring Institute
UH Libraries’ Digital Research Commons (DRC) invites all UH faculty and students to submit their application for the first annual Digital Scholarship Spring Institute. The Institute will be hosted in the DRC and will run during the week of Spring Break (Monday, March 11th - Friday, March 16th, 2019), offering a five-day intensive boot camp for anyone who wishes to learn about using digital tools and methods, or who simply wants to dedicate time to exploring the possibilities of digital research. During this week, participants will attend workshops covering a range of topics and tools common to digital research, and be given opportunities for individual consultations with DRC staff and research librarians, as well as access to software and equipment between the hours of 8am - 5pm every day.
For more information: 
Submission Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019

Learning Abroad Spring Fair
The Learning Abroad Spring Fair will be taking place next Wednesday, Jan. 30th from 11am-2pm in the Student Center Ballroom. This is a great opportunity to get more information about summer and fall study abroad and exchange programs that could fulfill courses and credits you need.

The fair will have UH faculty who will lead programs this summer, as well as representatives from affiliated providers and scholarship organizations. There are study abroad, internship, and service learning options for students in many majors across all colleges!

If you can’t make the fair, be sure to check out the Learning Abroad website for more events and information:
Hope to see you there!

2019 Rangel Summer Enrichment Program
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.

Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

Students with at least sophomore status on the date of the application, U.S. citizenship and a 3.2 GPA are eligible to apply.

The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program includes:
• Tuition costs for the program
• Travel expenses
• Housing at Howard University
• Two meals per day
• A stipend of $3,200

Applicants can request individual advising and feedback on materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder at Deadline to apply is Feb. 5, 2019

Great Conversation Student Committee and Centerpiece Design Contest
Students of all majors are invited to apply to participate in the Great Conversation, the College's primary scholarship fundraiser.

Sign up for the design contest or express interest in serving on the student committee online:

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact Mallory Chesser at

Apply to be a 2019 Retreat Counselor and/or Orientation Advisor!
Apply online to advise students at summer Orientations and/or be a Retreat Counselor at the 2019 Honors Retreat, which is August 15-16 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!

Apply at:
The deadline to apply is Feb. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please contact Dr. Sirrieh ( with any questions.

Cancer Research Education Program at UH and Baylor College of Medicine
Cancer affects all ethnic populations in the United States. But certain groups have disproportionate risk of incidence or death from cancer compared with other groups.

Are you interested in Cancer Health Disparity Research?
Would you like to participate in a Cancer Drug Discovery/ Development Laboratory Research to tackle cancers with disparity?
Would you like to learn about various Career Opportunities in Cancer Research and cancer health disparity research?

Please write a brief description of your interest in any of the above areas (indicate all that are applicable) and send it with your CV to Ms. Rontavia Sanders at This opportunity is a joint program sponsored by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy-Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Deadline: Mar. 22, 2019



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: 

2019 US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes
The US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes are three- to four-week academic and cultural programs hosted by top universities across the United Kingdom for U.S. undergraduates. Participants get an opportunity to experience an exciting course of study at a top UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK, and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills. 

Full-time students, with at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Institute finishes, U.S. citizenship and a minimum 3.7 GPA are eligible to apply.

The costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include round-trip US-UK airfare, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation, and in some cases, a small daily allowance for meals.

Applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder at in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline to apply: Feb. 6, 2019

Study Away - Virginia (March 2019)
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Dustin Gish, Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Dr. Douglas Erwing

Travel to Virginia to examine the foundations of the early American Republic. Students will visit and discuss Madison's Montpelier, Jefferson's Monticello, Monroe's Highland, and the University of Virginia Rotunda. With on-site guided walks with Honors faculty and local scholars, students learn about the political history of the American founding and the complex lives of these American statesmen, their families, and the enslaved communities associated with their residences. 

Participation on this trip is limited to 18 students. Program cost is $850, which includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, site entrances, and four meals. Program cost is subsidized by a $300 Dean’s scholarship from the Honors College. Additional funding is available for students with financial need. Contact Dr. Gish ( for more information and to register for the trip.

Study Away - Barcelona (May 2019)
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Dustin Gish

Honors Study Abroad cultural trip to Barcelona, including on-site study and discussion of important historical and cultural sites—from antiquity to our own times; visits to major museums, churches, and galleries; in-depth urban explorations of the city of Barcelona, and excursions to Montserrat and the Costa Brava. Learn about and experience first-hand the history, cuisine, art and modernista architecture of Catalan culture. Discover renowned works of art and places associated with the intellectual, cultural, and artistic heritage of ancient, medieval, and modern Mediterranean civilizations. 

Program cost is $3,500. UH Honors students receive a $500 Dean’s Study Abroad Scholarship, and additional financial aid scholarships are also available. Participation on this trip is limited to 25 students. Contact Dr. Gish ( for more information. Or register directly through the following link:


2019 NOAA Hollings Scholarship
The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and multidisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research, public service, or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

Applicants must be sophomores, U.S. Citizens, and enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting program in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education. Eligible majors include biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics, engineering; computer and information sciences, and teacher education. The scholarship includes:

• An annual stipend of up to $9,500
• A 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility
• Travels funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and annual Science & Education Symposium

Applicants can request individual advising and feedback on materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder at in the Office of Undergraduate Research.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2019

2019 Summer Program in Cancer Research - MD Anderson Cancer Center
For ten weeks during the summer, SPCR students participate in hypothesis-driven, project-based investigations and attend a weekly lunch lecture series covering topics such as DNA structure and repair, epigenetics, stem cells, signal transduction and apoptosis, and emerging analytical techniques. 

Other activities include social events and tours of the MD Anderson Houston and Bastrop campuses. The program culminates in the SPCR Scientific Symposium, where interns give a 10-minute presentation describing their research results. It is not uncommon for students to make significant research contributions and to earn co-authorship on scientific abstracts and manuscripts. 

SPCR students receive a stipend of $6,000 for the 10 weeks. The 2019 program dates are June 3, 2019 through August 9, 2019. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2019.
Applications can be found at