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Coming up in The Honors College
01/12: Arab & American & Muslim: A Conversation and Reading
02/10 Deadline: NEON Summer Undergraduate Research Internship 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Arab and American and Muslim: A Conversation and Reading with Poet Hayan Charara and Novelist Randa Jarrar
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium Theater The Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Both writers will read from their new books—Charara’s Something Sinister, and Jarrar’s Him, Me, Muhammad Ali—will read from each other’s work, and will engage in a spirited dialogue with local poet, Fady Joudah, about the challenges facing Arab American Muslims living in the U.S. today. A book signing follows the program.

Volunteer and Help Refugee Children with PAIR

PAIR empowers refugee youth to navigate American society, reach their academic potential, and become community leaders through educational and mentoring programs. Through weekly programs for middle and high school students and annual events like Career Day, college visits, and community service activities, PAIR builds relationships, boosts achievement, opens doors, and inspires success. 

To learn more about the different volunteering programs, contact us at pairuofh@gmail.com. Applications (http://www.pairhouston.org/vol-app/) for Spring 2017 programs are due Jan. 28.

Room to Rent
Miriam Felps, a UH honors alumna, is renting a two story duplex with a spare room about a two minute drive from UH. The duplex is newly remodeled, spacious, with a full kitchen, lots of windows, and two closets in the spare room. Rent is $550 a month plus electric, great for a student looking for close off campus housing. Contact: miriamfelps@gmail.com

New Honors American Government Section Not Previously Listed
Course Number: POLS 1336  
Class Number: 26073
Instructor: Jeremy Bailey
Days and Time: MW 1-2:30 p.m.

Two Student Research Internships, Baylor College of Medicine
Healthcare Provider Barriers to Screening for Hepatitis C - Looking for a UH student to help survey healthcare providers about their knowledge of and barriers to hepatitis C screening. The student will be involved with survey design, healthcare provider recruitment, data collection, and data analysis. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to CAPS.HCV@bcm.edu. Please include “HCV Campaign Research Intern” in the subject line of the email.  

Mobile Phone Tobacco Research - Looking for a student to help recruit, consent, and enroll adult participants for a Baylor College of Medicine research study. The study aims to understand how exposure to tobacco campaigns may influence smoking behaviors. This innovative research study is using mobile phones for data collection. The Student Research Intern will participate in weekly meetings with the research team and will provide weekly updates to research team staff. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to project.snap@bcm.edu. Please include “Truth Campaign  BCM Research Intern” in the subject line of the email. 

Research Opportunity
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. Please apply online and send resume/CV to aidenlabpdf@gmail.com or visit aidenlab.org.

MFAH Internship & Fellowship Programs
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is offering an internship opportunity for spring 2017: https://www.mfah.org/programs-for/colleges-and-universities/apply. Please look at the Spring 2017 Unpaid/Academic Credit Internship Opportunities heading in the link. 

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TRAVEL & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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: https://uhhonorsabroad.wordpress.com

HONORS COLLEGE CULTURAL TOURS FOR MAY 2017

Wales and Ireland:  Two Sides of the Sea, May 29-June 12, 2017
Robert Cremins and Dr. Jonathan Zecher will lead a group of students to explore the landscape, history, and literature of these two culturally rich Celtic nations!  The trip (Itinerary and cost) will feature hiking, literary festivals, workshops with Swansea faculty, Dublin city life, and the incomparable Yeats' country.  There will be components especially for students interested in medicine and public health.  The trip is now full, but if you would like to be added to the wait list, please email Dr. Jonathan Zecher

Peru Study Abroad – May 2017
Students can now sign up to travel to Peru in May 2017. Students will visit Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and other ancient Incan sites before traveling to the shores of Lake Titicaca, where they will participate in four days of service in conjunction with the local community. Related coursework will be released in Fall 2016. Students can get more details about the trip or sign up online at http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/1823235DJ. Please contact Rita Sirrieh at resirrieh@uh.edu with any questions.

Russia Trip May 15–25, 2017
The trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg will coincide with the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, and will include several UNESCO World Heritage sites. We'll visit cultural and historical attractions, including St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and St. Isaac's Cathedral. We'll see museums and cathedrals, ride a canal boat and take an overnight train. On several days, we'll take excursions outside the urban centers to Novgorod, Peterhof, and Sergeiv Posad. It will be led by Jesse Rainbow, David Rainbow, Bill Monroe, and Keri Myrick. You can find information and updates at http://www.jesserainbow.com/russia-2017-blog.

German Academic Exchange Service Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad in Germany
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites highly qualified undergraduate students from all fields to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31 (postmark date). For additional information on this grant and how to apply, please visit www.daad.org/undergrad or contact Ms. Stefanie Gruber-Sliva at grubersliva@daad.org

Udall Scholarship
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation expects to award 60 scholarships of up to $7,000 to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to conservation and environmental issues, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. The three Policy Scholar tracks are: (1) Tribal Policy Scholar: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives working on an array of policy issues in Indian country; (2) Native Health Care Scholar: For Native Americans and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers; (3) Environmental Scholar: For undergraduates interested in conservation and environmental issues. More information can be found on the Udall website (www.udall.gov) or contact the UH Office of Undergraduate Research (undergrad-research@uh.edu). UH Campus Deadline: Friday, Feb. 3.

 National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program
During the 11-week summer program, interns work on scientific research, engineering and computing projects that help advance NEON's mission. Interns work closely with NEON mentors on real-world projects, and in the process begin the transition from student to professional colleague. Interns have opportunities to explore career options through a variety of avenues including weekly career seminars and networking events with interns from other scientific programs based in Boulder, CO. At the end of each summer, interns present their projects in a formal setting. Interns work 40 hours a week and are paid a competitive salary. The program also covers airfare and housing. Application deadline for summer 2017 program is Feb. 10. Click here for more information.

Language Study Abroad Programs
The Critical Language Scholarship and the Boren Scholarship are language immersion programs for students of all academic disciplines. Current undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for both opportunities. Interested in applying? Review the CLS Program and the Boren Scholarship websites and contact Drs. Richard Armstrong or Jennifer Asmussen for assistance with the application process. You can also learn more about the programs on the UH Honors Abroad website. CLS Deadline: Nov. 16, 2016. Boren Deadline: Feb. 2, 2017.

SMART—Summer Medical and Research Training Program 
The SMART program is a paid Nine-Week Biomedical Research Program for undergraduates from May 29-July 28, 2017 at the Baylor College of Medicine. All continuing undergraduates may apply; graduating seniors are ineligible.

The program offers:
Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research in a broad range of areas (total compensation is approx. $5K)
Daily seminars designed for undergraduates
Free SMART GRE prep workshops
Career development activities
Housing at Rice University dorms
Application deadline: Jan. 10, 2017
Transcripts and letters of recommendation: Feb. 1, 201
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For more information, visit the SMART website: https://www.bcm.edu/smart 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program - UH Deadline Jan. 23 
Seeking an exciting summer research experience? Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in STEM: science, technology, engineering, math, or computer science? Then apply for the 2017 NIST-SURF Program! Participants will conduct research for 11 weeks at an NIST laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO. This is a paid summer research opportunity that includes housing. Interested students must submit an application package to be considered for nomination by the University of Houston. Additional information (e.g. internal UH process, application, eligibility requirements) can be found at the UH Office of Undergraduate Research website. UH Campus Deadline: Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. http://www.uh.edu/honors/undergraduate-research/scholarships/special-programs/nist-surf2017.php

SMART PREP Scholar Program
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for Baylor College of Medicine offers the SMART PREP Scholar grants to under-represented college graduates to prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study. Scholars will complete the program within 12 months, depending on each scholar's individual development plan. There are seven positions available each year.
The program features:
Paid mentored biomedical research at one of the nation's top institutions
A molecular and cellular biology course designed for the program
Weekly Introduction to Graduate Research workshops
Standardized Test Preparatory Course
Graduate school application workshops
Individual counseling on applying to Ph.D. programs
Individual tutoring and development in specific areas
Interaction with a vibrant community of more than 80 under-represented students Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students
Early Application deadline: February 3, 2017
Final Application deadline: April 17, 2017
For more information, visit the SMART PREP Scholar website: https://www.bcm.edu/education/schools/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/diversity/smart-prep 

The Global Humanitarian Student Initiative (GHSI) 
Service Learning Trip to Palermo, Sicily
We are a UH student organization that gives students the power to coordinate and conduct their own humanitarian service trips at home and around the world. As a politically neutral organization, our mission is to gather and use our resources effectively in order to relieve afflicted populations to the best of our ability. Our motto ‘Humanitas Absoluta,’ “Humanity released,” effectively symbolizes our mission by acting as a proclamation towards the preservation of humanity as a whole. GHSI is currently collaborating with the University of Palermo and the Euro-Mediterranean Institute of Science and Technology to offer free health care and counseling services to the North African and Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Sicily who seek asylum. Contact Person: Christopher Wong email: ghsiofficeruh@gmail.com. Website: http://houstonghsi.wix.com/ghsiClick here for the fall meeting.

Frontier Fiesta Scholarships
Frontier Fiesta is a three-day music and entertainment festival that takes place across from the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Houston, March 23rd – 25th, 2017, and offers a variety of attractions including concerts, student performances, a cook-off, a family fun day, and much more! Our organization also offers scholarships for incoming freshman and undergraduate students for the fall 2017 semester. Both the undergraduate and incoming freshman scholarships are on our website’s front page at http://www.uh.edu/fiesta/. Deadline is Jan. 20, 2017.

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AROUND CAMPUS & AROUND TOWN 

Learning Abroad Spring Fair
Thursday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library. uh.edu/learningabroad.com

InfraRED: Mardi Gras Casino
The Center for Student Involvement is hosting a night of casino games, prizes, free food, and mask making, music, and airbrush face painting and more: Friday, Feb. 3, from 8-11 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. If you need accommodations for this event, contact the Center for Students with DISABILITIES at 713.743.5400 or visit uhcsd.uh.edu