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Coming up in The Honors College
Now: HERE, PURS, SURF Opporunities
02/24: Grand Challenges Forum
02/28: Phone-a-Thon


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: Feb. 24: Sujiro Seam, Consulate General of France; March 3: Bob Patel, LyondellBassell. For more information please visit:

Join us for Phone-a-Thons!
Join Honors Advocates for a phone-a-thon Tuesday, Feb. 28; Wednesday, March 1; Monday, March 6;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.

Retreat Counselor and Orientation Advisor Applications are now open!
Apply online to advise students at summer Orientations and/or be a Retreat Counselor at the 2017 Honors Retreat, which is August 17-18 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 Feb. 24. at 5 p.m. Please contact Rita Sirrieh with any questions.

Student Leaders Application
Want to sharpen your leadership skills and be a part of a great organization? Become a student leader with one of our organizations! Have the chance to meet new people, develop leadership skills, and make a different at UH. Applications are out now for 2017-2018 student leadership positions. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. Learn more about our organizations and apply here:

Associate Editors Positions
UReCA, the undergraduate Web journal of undergraduate research and creative activity, is now accepting applications for positions of Associate Editors. The deadline has been extended to Feb. 28. We have ten slots to fill and would love to have a diverse representation of students from NCHC Honors Programs and Colleges across the United States:

We are looking for undergraduate students from NCHC-sponsored programs with a keen interest in the selection and acquisition of articles, creative works, art, and videos, and editing (scientific as well as creative works) manuscripts that have been selected for publication. Prior editing experience is a plus. 

Applications (a single Word file or pdf) should consist of the following: 1) resume, 2) statement of interest (1-page), and 3) one letter of support from the Honors director/dean at the student's college. The deadline for application is Feb. 28. All applications will be processed through this site 

Serving as an editor with UReCA includes a three-day summer editing boot camp and participation at national and regional NCHC conferences. Your sponsoring college should commit to funding your attendance at the conferences, but UReCA will fund the boot camp. This year’s summer event will take place in scenic Bryce Canyon, Utah. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. 

Campus Leaders Ceremony Applications
Award nominations are currently open for the 32nd Annual Campus Leaders Ceremony! Hosted by the Center for Student Involvement, this ceremony is an opportunity for the university community to recognize top student leaders, individuals, organizations, and programs. The deadline to submit nomination forms is March 1. Nominated individuals and organizations will be invited to the Campus Leaders Reception to be held on April 20. Award categories and applications can be viewed online at

Deloitte 2017 Summer Programs
Deloitte is currently recruiting for several 2017 summer leadership programs. The summer opportunities are for sophomore and junior students in the following disciplines: STEM, accounting, and information systems. Students must also have at least a 3.3 GPA, an interest in professional services and a career in business, as well as demonstrated leadership, problem solving and strong verbal and written communication skills. Please reference the associated flyer for additional information. Deadline is March15. Julie Abramson at

Sketches of the Syrian Diaspora: A Night of Music and Storytelling
Join us for live performances of traditional Middle Eastern Music performed by Mohamed Horo, a refugee from Syria, and Michael Fares, professor of Arabic here at UH.  There will be readings of poetry from the refugee experience, and Dr Kimberly Meyer will be reading from her recent work on refugees in Houston.  Speakers also include Ali Al Sudani from Interfaith Ministries Refugee Services, and Carmen Montoya from the Ghana Think Tank.  Tea and sweets made by the Syrian refugee community will also served! Wednesday, March 22 at 4 p.m.



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

Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes
The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation, and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects, and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States. A university nomination is required for this scholarship. More information can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Research website or contact Dr. Lynda Hallmark ( in the UH Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: Feb, 23 or 26, 2017, depending on the institute.

GHSI Greece Study Abroad Announcement
The Global Humanitarian Student Initiative is a University of Houston student organization, founded in July 2015, that carries out local and international humanitarian and community service projects. The organization is designed to act as a platform that encourages students to plan and organize their own humanitarian service ideas, without having to depend directly on third party organizations. 

GHSI is organizing a trip to travel to the island of Lesbos in Greece for approximately three weeks in June.Initial plans are to operate an on-site learning abroad class in collaboration with UH faculty. The class will cover a wide range of topics relating to: the current affairs in Greece and the EU, the culture of the Greek people and the migrants who live there, and the refugee and economic crisis in Greece. We hope that we can work together to play a role in alleviating both the Greek and migrant people of any hardships they have had to endure. Applications are due March 7 for GHSI membership, which is required for travel to Greece. There are no fees to apply. Please direct questions and/or completed applications to Chris Wong (

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.

Provost's Prize for Creative Writing
The Provost’s Prize for Creative Writing is granted each spring and fall semester in acknowledgement of the best prose (fall) or poetry (spring) submission from an undergraduate student. Each award is a cash prize of $2,500. The deadline for the spring entry is March 6. 

Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP)
SNIP UF Department of Neuroscience is hosting a 10-week paid research internship from May 30–August 4, 2017. All students interested in a research career that have not been accepted for post-graduate training are encouraged to apply. Deadline is March 15. Students are provided housing and a $400 per week stipend. Preference will be given to students majoring in a biomedical-related discipline. No previous research training is required. For more information go to: Cara Riffe is a 2016 UH Honors graduate currently working for UF Neuroscience. For questions regarding the UF Neuro lab environment and research focuses, email Cara at

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.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship: UH Deadline March 20, 2017
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will award 51 fellowships of $5K each and 6 fellowships at $15K each to students who will begin graduate or professional study in the Fall of 2017. The University of Houston may nominate one graduating senior or recent graduate to apply for this award. Eligible candidates must plan to attend graduate or professional school in Fall 2017; have already taken the standard test required for graduate program (GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, etc.); and have already applied to programs by March 20, 2017. 

For complete list of eligibility criteria, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website --> Nationally Competitive Scholarships --> Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. Applicants must submit a completed application to Dr. Lynda Hallmark by Monday, March 20. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lynda Hallmark (



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.



InfraRED Nights is excited to bring you InfraRED: Hip Hop EvolUHtion! Come and enjoy free food, games, performances, live DJ, a breakin’ dance workshop, and a dance contest! There will be the chance to win prizes such as a pair of Beats Headphones! Taking place Friday, March 3 from 8-11 pm. And sign-up here if you would like to get more involved with InfraRED Nights and volunteer for the event!

Frontier Fiesta Volunteering
Shifts take place Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 26. For more information, feel free to email us at or