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Coming up in The Honors College
03/22: Phone-a-Thon
03/31: Grand Challenges Forum
April 5 Deadline: Honors SGB Officer Nominations


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 2016-176 academic year is “Revolution,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the UH 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: March 31: Katya Kudryavtseva, Art Historian, Stetson University; April 7: Cressandra Thibodeaux, Filmmaker, 14 Pews. For more information please visit:

Join us for Phone-a-Thons!
Join Honors Advocates for a phone-a-thon Wednesday, March 22; Thursday, March 30. Get involved, meet fellow Honors students, recruit students to the Honors College, participate in Open Houses and enjoy FREE pizza! Phone-a-thons are held in the Honors College Refectory from 5-7 p.m. Contact Honors Advocates Coordinators or Gabriella Hauser for more information.

Prospective Teaching Demonstration
You are invited to attend! Wednesday, March 22, the Honors College will host Dr. Laura Bland, a prospective faculty member who received her Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Bland will present a teaching demonstration on the relationship between science and religion in the early Modern period from 3-3:45 p.m. in the Honors Commons. Tell a friend!

Now Hiring - Human Situation Omega TA
Applications are now being accepted for the Omega TA position. Applicants should have completed both semesters of Human Situation and be students in the Honors College during the 2017–2018 school year. See the application form for more details.

Honors Peer Assistant Opportunity!
Honors is looking for Peer Assistants to help with summer orientation and advising conferences for incoming students. If you would like to be considered for this summer student employment opportunity, please complete the online application by Friday, March 24 at 5 p.m. A detailed job description follows here

Applicants must be available to work throughout the summer. Selected candidates may be offered to continue employment into the fall 2017 semester (and beyond!). Competitive applicants will be in good academic standing, have great communication and interpersonal skills, and be organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented. Please feel free to Sarah Bhojani with questions.

Honors College Student Governing Board (SGB) Officer Nominations
Nominate a student (or yourself) to be an Honors College Student Governing Board (SGB) Officer for the 2017-2018 academic year. SGB is responsible for planning various social activities to support and foster community in the College. Officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Nominations can be submitted online until Wednesday, April 5 at noon. 

Join Us for Tea and Baklava While Learning About the Refugee Crisis and How You Can Help. When you hear the words “Syrian refugee crisis,” what comes to mind? Masses of people fleeing on foot, destroyed neighborhoods, closed borders, political disagreements, bombings…and that’s usually how the impact of the crisis on civilians is described. There is a focus on the larger picture and the statistics, while the human impact is forgotten. How often do we get to hear the individual voices of those who are fleeing these conflicts? Let’s take a look beyond the numbers: What was life like before the war? What does daily life look like now? What do they want you to do? 

Come hear what these families want the world to know and how you can help. Join Sareema Adnan, a UH alumni, who will be telling the powerful stories shared by the refugee families she met while she was volunteering in Jordan.

Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: Honors Commons

Spring 2017 Fulbright Information Sessions
Are you interested in conducting research, completing a graduate degree, or teaching English abroad? If so, then attend one of the spring 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sessions to learn more about the application requirements and timeline. This is a great opportunity for graduating seniors, recent alumni, and current graduate students. Students of all academic years and majors are welcome. Information Session Time and Location: Session 1: Tuesday, March 28; 4-5 p.m. in 212L of the Honors College. Session 2: Thursday, April 13; 4-5 p.m. in 212L of the Honors College. For more information, click here.

Spring 2017 UK Scholarship Information Session
Are you interested in completing a graduate degree in the UK? Have you been engaged in research, service and leadership activities as an undergraduate student? If so, then attend the spring 2017 UK Information Sessions to learn more about the campus nomination process and application timeline. Students from all academic years and majors are encouraged to attend. Information Session Time and Location: Wednesday, April 5; 4-5 p.m. in room 212J of the Honors College. For more information, click here.



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:


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 Please contact Rita Sirrieh at 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

Haiti Service Learning Opportunity
Friends of Haiti is a student organization with the primary goal of taking students to Haiti for a medical service-learning trip. We aim to raise awareness about healthcare in Haiti and explore the culture of Haiti. We are recruiting 3 more students for the trip May 19-28, 2017. We welcome students of all majors. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact

IIE Freeman-ASIA Award
The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to an understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. More information can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Research website (Featured Scholarships) or contact Dr. Lynda Hallmark ( in the UH Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline for Summer 2017: Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Deadline for Fall/Academic Year 2017: April 4, 2017.

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: 

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: Website: here for the fall meeting.



Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) May 2017 Research Seminar - Deadline Friday, March 24
The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) is a two-week workshop (May 15-26) intended to orient students on the fundamentals of conducting research. The program is open to current freshmen and sophomores from all majors. Competitive candidates have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. HERE students receive a $1K fall 2017 scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, March 24. More information and the online application are available on the HERE website.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) 2017 – Deadline Friday, March 24
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF-UH) program. The SURF-UH program awards $3500 to students interested in conducting a full-time, 10 week summer research project in any field under the mentorship of a UH faculty member. The student first secures the research project with the faculty member, and then the student and faculty member apply for the program collaboratively online. All continuing UH undergraduates with at least a 3.0 gpa who have not previously participated in the SURF-UH program (and are not graduating in spring 2017 or summer 2017) are eligible to apply. The deadline for the SURF program is Friday, March 24th. Applications are available on the SURF webpage.

BoBI Summer Undergraduate Scholarship Program – Deadline Friday, March 24
The Biology of Behavior Institute (BoBI) is offering a summer scholarship to a continuing UH sophomore, junior, or senior student to participate in a 10-week research program during the summer of 2017. The research must be conducted in the laboratory of one of the BoBI faculty members, and the project must have a strong behavioral and/or neurobiological component. The BoBI Undergraduate Scholar will receive a $3500 award to conduct a full-time project during the ten-week program, and hence will not be able to enroll for course credit or receive credit for the summer research. Current SURF applicants who are applying with a BoBI faculty mentor may also apply to this program. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 gpa. The deadline to submit an application for the BoBI Summer Undergraduate Scholar program is Friday, March 24. Visit the BoBI webpage for information on how to apply.

Honors College Scholarship
Apply for an Honors College Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year! Students can apply and submit their resume online. More information is available at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on May 1, 2017. Please direct any questions to



Study Verdi’s Nabucco
You are invited to join a four-week course at Congregation Brith Shalom on Verdi’s Nabucco, beginning Sunday, March 19 at 10 a.m. Free of charge. 

Each hour-long class focuses on a different aspect of the opera and is designed to make you a Nabucco expert! We will break down the musical structure from the piano and explore the musical influences on Verdi, Babylonian history, opera history, Italian history, along with the many great interpreters of the opera. We’ll also spend some time looking at Jeremiah, Isaiah, Psalms, and the Book of Daniel to learn what Judaism teaches us about Nebuchadnezzar.

All are welcome to join at Brith Shalom at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday to watch a screening of the opera itself. We’ll use the Metropolitan Opera DVD with James Levine conducting Juan Pons, Maria Guleghina, Samuel Ramey, and Wendy White.

Classes are 10-11a.m. on Sundays March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, with a screening at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Hope you can make it!

Free Lecture: National Geographic Underwater Archaeological Project
On Friday, March 24 at 2 p.m in McElhinney Hall 108, the Center for Public History and the Ancient World Research Group is hosting a free public lecture by Dr. Kristine Trego (Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Bucknell University) is an ancient philologist and field archaeologist working extensively in the field of underwater archaeology. Join CPH and the AWRG as Dr. Trego speaks about her recent underwater archaeological project with National Geographic at Tektaş Burnu and the challenges inherent to this type of research. For questions, email Dr. Frank Holt ( or Dr. Kristina Neumann (

A Voice for the Voiceless: Refugee Organizations Speaker Panel
Houston is one of the largest cities in the United States and a home to many newcomers and refugees. With so much going on, it's so easy to become lost in the mass. However, with great people and organizations, we are able to extend a hand of warmth and compassion to those in need. We can give a voice to those who've had theirs taken away.
Featured on our panel are:
- Lauren West, Senior Program & Operations Manager for PAIR Houston
- Dr. Chatwara Suwannamai Duran, UH assistant professor of English
- Geleta Mekonnen, Assistant Director of Interfaith Ministries
- Adam Babiker, Chief Executive Officer for the Darfurian Association of Greater Houston
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Honors Commons

CEO Presents "Carnival of Culture" 2017
Come to the Council of Ethnic Organizations’ (CEO) event the Carnival of Cultures and experience the continents of the world. There will be free food, free t-shirts, free activities such as face painting, caricature artists, bracelet making, engraving your own rings, free henna, drum lessons and amazing performances.
Date: April 4
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Student Center South-Houston Room

Cassie De Pecol
American Marketing Association, Bauer Ambassadors, and the Society of Human Resource Management are proud to partner with United Airlines to host: Cassie De Pecol at the University of Houston! The event is FREE for UH Students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the dress code is campus casual.

Cassie is the chief explorer of Expedition 196, who became the first (and youngest) documented woman to travel to every sovereign nation in the world and in the fastest amount of time. Come hear her speak about her experiences on her expedition as well as learn more about her new travel entrepreneurship program. The event will be on April 13 from 5:30-8 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. Space is limited so please reserve your spot as soon as possible by RSVP'ing! For more information about the event, click here. For more information about Cassie, click here.

Queer Poetry Slam
GLOBAL, the University of Houston's LGBT+ social organization, is hosting its first annual poetry slam on April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The slam is open to current UH students and alumni. Participation is open to LGBT+ and allied individuals, and while poems do not have to explicitly concern LGBT issues, all should be spoken from the queer experience. Students interested in performing should contact or visit to sign-up.