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Coming up in The Honors College

NOW:  New Classes for Fall 2020
07/08: Hobby School Houston & Austin Internship Programs Webinar
07/15: FrameWorks Fellowship Call for Applications - Deadline Extended July 15


New Classes for FALL 2020
WCL 4354 -Theory from the Global South From 1780 to WWII
Marie Theresa Hernández Ramirez / Wed 2:30PM-5:30PM
*Also offered as WCL 6397 Sec. 27548 • ANTH 3396 Sec. 27552.04
This new course will bring into perspective the issues behind the protests and Black Lives Matter. The course will be taught from the perspective of knowledge developed by scholars from the Global South. Throughout the semester we will analyze different historical events through a non-western lens.  Students will learn a different way of looking at the world from the perspective of scholars from Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and the Caribbean. By studying the Atlantic slave trade, revolutions, migration, and culture from Mexico, Haiti, China, India and Pakistan, Israel and Palestine, students will be introduced to power, racialization, and social theory from a Global South perspective.

HON 4397-02 - Writing About Plagues and Peoples
Robert Zaresky / MoWeFr 11AM-12PM
*Also offered as HIST 4395-02 LEC (21419)• WCL 4396-01 LEC (27673)
This course will frame our experiences with Covid-19 through other kinds of novels—those of Albert Camus, Daniel Defoe, and Jose Saramago—as well as plays by Samuel Beckett and writings of Marcus Aurelius, Michel de Montaigne and Susan Sontag. We will cover a good deal of historical and literary ground, and the class's stamina will be measured by the quality of its conversations and papers.

ENGL 3306 - Major Works of Shakespeare
Jamie Ferguson / MoWe 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Introduction course to the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, through reading of six of the major plays: 1 Henry IVHamletMeasure for MeasureKing LearMacbeth, and The Tempest. We shall approach these plays as examples of Shakespeare’s work in four genres: tragedy, comedy, history, and romance; we shall also follow Shakespeare’s thematic concerns and artistic development across these generic boundaries. We shall use various critical categories to discuss and write about the plays: source-study, character-study, imagery and symbolism, formal analysis, performance and textual history. We shall study the plays in their social, political, and religious contexts and review some of the relevant criticism associated with each play. Students will write several brief exercises (in paraphrase, analysis, and interpretation) and two short argumentative essays.

Honors Graduation Celebration
On May 10, 2020 the Honors College at the University of Houston celebrated the 2020 Graduates. The program was held through Zoom and included a life in the Honors College slideshow, welcoming remarks by Dean William Monroe, remarks by Mikael Floyd (’20), Truman Scholar and a reading of “Be Well” by Ted Estess, Founding Dean. The program concluded with recognition of Spring 2020 Graduates by William Monroe. (Click on link to view)

Bonner Leaders Year in Review '19-'20
Reflecting on a year of service, recognizing outstanding individual Bonners, and congratulating our graduating seniors. (Click on link to view)

Hobby School Houston & Austin Internship Programs Webinar
Explore public service opportunities for the Hobby School Fall 2020 Civic Houston Internship Program and the Austin-based Spring 2021 Hobby Fellows Program. This online information session will take place on Wednesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. The programs offer excellent opportunities to engage in legislative, political and non-profit workplaces. Register at:

Part-time Tutoring Opportunity
Looking for HONORS COLLEGE students interested in tutoring in-person at our clients' homes in the Houston Area. We tutor mostly within the Beltway. Most of our students are private school K-12 students. The starting pay is $32/hour. You must have a passion for teaching, some sort of tutoring experience, and a properly working vehicle. Looking for English/History/Math tutors, as well as Latin, French, and Spanish. Contact Karla Machado at for more info.

Sources of information concerning the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at UH and in the Honors CollegeUH information and guidelines

UH information and guidelines

Dean Monroe's Statement on the Death of George Floyd

Honors College events postponed or cancelled:
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Induction – postponed until the fall
Undergraduate Research Day – scheduled for Sept. 29
The Great Conversation – TBD
Undergraduate Major Awards – scheduled for Sept. 28



Fulbright - Zoom Workshops 
We are hosting seven workshops via Zoom this summer for students interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Register today!

• July 8, 2020, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.     Asking for Letters of Recommendation (w/Rice University)
• July 10, 2020, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.   Pitfalls (And How to Avoid Them) in Writing the Personal Statement

Apply for the 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Student Program at the University of Houston
Would you like to teach English abroad for a year? Do you have a research project that you want to conduct in another country? Not sure what to do after graduation? Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

Fulbright Student grants provide rising and graduating seniors, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists from any field with opportunities for personal and professional development. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country to foster mutual understanding. Fulbright is one of the largest academic exchanges in the world, providing approximately 2,200 grants annually in more than 140 participating countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

Deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 cycle is August 21, 2020. For specific questions about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please contact the UH Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Ben Rayder (



Featured Research Opportunities for UH Students
Looking for a research experience? Check out the new Featured Research Opportunities resource on the Office of Undergraduate Research website. This webpage contains updated information on upcoming research programs and deadlines. For more information contact Dr. Raydar at 

FrameWorks Fellowship - Deadline Extended: July 15
FrameWorks provides sophomores and juniors a supportive community of peers and faculty mentors as they conceive, research, write, present, and ultimately publish critical essays that draw on the interdisciplinary humanities. The program culminates every Spring with the FrameWorks Symposium at which Fellows will publicly present their work. Essays that meet editorial standards will be included in the FrameWorks Journal, which will be published around Convocation of the following year. The best essay will be awarded The FrameWorks Prize for Excellence in Humanities Research valued at $1000.

Contact Dr. Max Rayneard for questions. Apply at:

Apply to the Action Research in Communities (ARC) Program! Interest Form due by August 1st
The Action Research in Communities (ARC) Program offers exceptional rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at UH with opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored action research based on service projects in the Greater Houston Community.

Students must have a UH faculty mentor to be eligible. Service projects can be in any field and students from all majors are welcome to apply.

ARC Fellows receive a $1,500 scholarship split between the fall and spring semesters in the program. ARC faculty mentors receive a $500 stipend. Fellows are eligible to apply for implementation grants of up to $750 to turn their research into action to serve the community.

For more information, please visit: or contact Brittini MacLeod (

Behavioral Science Research Opportunity on Sexual and Gender Minority Experience
The primary purpose of this research is to enrich scientific understanding of linkages between violence history and health outcomes—including health risks, health behaviors, health perceptions and expectations, and health service access and barriers—in a sexual and gender minority (SGM) client sample at an LGBTQ+ community resource center, thereby informing prevention programming and other intervention design and ultimately improving health experiences in a vulnerable population.

Research assistants (RA) will gain experience working between 8 to 20 hours per week (per availability), for an estimated 2 months, primarily in data entry. RA's also will have the potential opportunity to contribute to the project through publication. For more information, contact Audrey Miller at