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Youngest Graduate of 2020

Free time is a waste of time to Salenah Cartier, who is constantly looking for ways to “feed her brain.”  At 17, she will earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, making her the youngest UH graduate this year. The ambitious teenager will also receive a certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship from C.T. Bauer College of Business. 

UH Professor Wins Brad Parks Award from the United States Tennis Association (USTA)

The UH College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is pleased to announce that Department of Health and Human Performance Associate Professor Michael Cottingham has been awarded the Brad Parks Award by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S.

2020 Toni Beauchamp Critical Art Writing Prize announced

Gulf Coast literary magazine has announced Ayanna Dozier as the winner of its 2020 Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing, for her essay Sound Garden: Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document.” As winner of the Toni Beauchamp prize, Dozier will be awarded $3,000 and her winning piece will be featured in the Winter/Spring 2020 print issue of Gulf Coast. The competition judge was Franklin Sirmans, curator, writer, editor, and the director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Role of Birth Order on Career Choice Might Have Been Overestimated in Previous Research

Rodica Damian, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Personality Development and Success Lab at UH, found that the role of birth order on career types, occupational creativity and status attainment might have been overestimated in previous research.

Personality Changes Predict Early Career Outcomes

Kevin Hoff, assistant professor of industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Houston, found young people who develop higher levels of conscientiousness and emotional stability during the transition to employment tend to be more successful in some aspects of their early careers.

UH Alumna Wins Prestigious 2020 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, a University of Houston alumna who received her Ph.D. in creative writing and literature, has won the prestigious 2020 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction.