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Coming up in The Honors College

NOW: New Courses Available for Spring 2021
01/19: First Day of School
01/30: Honors Club Theater Game Night Social (link available)


New Honors Course Available
Novels and History: Latin American History in Contemporary Fiction
Course Number: ENG 4394 / HIST 4366
Instructor: Lois Parkinson Zamora
Instructional Mode: Asynchronous

Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes has asserted that the real historians in Latin America are its novelists. We will examine this premise by reading a number of novels by contemporary Latin American writers, and discussing the historical events and personages depicted therein. Our interest is in how these novelists dramatize the history of their regions, and how their fictional versions illuminate our understanding of the "real" history of Latin America. There will be no face-to-face meetings.

Writers and Plagues
Course Number: WCL 4396H (27129)
This course is cross-listed as ENGL 4397-01 (27910) /HIST 4395-02 (28162) /PHIL 3395-02 (30260)
Instructor: Zaretsky
Instructional Mode: Synchronous
TTh 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

In this course, we will try to frame our experiences with the novel coronavirus through the works of writers who also confronted plagues. We will read the novels of Albert Camus, Daniel Defoe and Mary Shelley, the essays of Michel de Montaigne, and excerpts from Thuydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War and Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations.  The class will emphasize close reading, engaged discussions and sustained writing.

Spring 2021 UGR@UH webinars announced! Register today!
The Undergraduate Research at UH (UGR@UH) webinar series launches on Friday, Jan. 22 with a Getting Started in Research webinar. Other topics for the semester include research ethics, crafting research proposals, creating research posters, and how to publish your research. Check out the full schedule and register for events here.

Game Night Social
We're starting off the year by hosting a Game Night Social, Saturday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m. on our Microsoft Team before Honors Club Theater auditions. It'll be a great way for any UH student interested in joining Club Theater to get to know the directors, the officers, and other members! Socializing through digital games across MS Teams will also demonstrate how we operate out of this platform to make Club Theater possible. JOIN US HERE

Honors Club Theater Auditions 2021
Holding Club Theater auditions Monday, Feb. 1 and Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 7-9 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. All actors and actresses of any skill-level are welcome to attend these open auditions. Thespians will rotate between channels in a round-robin fashion so that every person will visit each channel at least once. Joining club theater is a great way for UH students to make virtual community (or should we say, "cast") of friends. JOIN US HERE

Information Sessions for the Fall 2021 PURS Program
The Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) program provides talented UH juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in a semester-long research project under the direction of a UH faculty mentor and receive a $1,000 scholarship. Information sessions will take place every Monday in February at 4 p.m. via Zoom. You can register for individual info sessions here and contact Brittni MacLeod with additional questions.

Volunteer Online - Help Foreign Students Learn English (1-2 hours/week)
ENGin is looking for volunteers to serve as speaking buddies for international students. This is a super-flexible opportunity to make a difference without leaving your room. Plus, you'll get to know peers across the world!

Here's how it works: we'll pair you up with a Ukrainian student to video chat each week at a convenient time. We match students and volunteers based on age, interests, and schedules. All of our students have studied English and we provide tons of resources, activities, and ideas for you to use. Your speaking sessions can be 30-60 minutes long.

To join our team, please fill out this short form: Once we receive your form, we will reach out to schedule a 15-minute video call. You can learn more about ENGin at If you have any questions before signing up, please contact us at  

Remote Internship Opportunities at Nonprofit FemTech Focus
FemTech Focus is looking for self-sufficient, ambitious UH students to work for us remotely 3-6 hours per week as a Grant Discovery intern, Copywriting & Content Manager Intern, or a Market Research Intern. Read the description of these roles HERE. These are unpaid internships and have the potential to transition into full-time roles. Apply by filling out the google form. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email

Virtual Internship, Spring and Summer 2021, with Pennies for Education and Health
The nonprofit Pennies for Education and Health ( is looking for an Intern this Spring 2021 semester and would also like to line up an Intern for Summer 2021.

Students will work under the PEH Executive Director of Operations and report directly to Dr. Saleha Khumawala. Expected hours are 10-12 hours per week during the period of the internship with course credit. Duties include assisting in administrative activities related to marketing, accounting, and promoting PEH; setting up a filing system to maintain PEH records; helping with Donor Management Software; maintaining correspondence and preparing responses to donor inquiries; and looking for opportunities to upgrade donor lists.

This is a virtual Internship with course credit. Interested students can send their resume to Dr. Khumawala at Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

16th Annual Undergraduate Research Day Call for Posters
Please save the date for the 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Day on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021. The event will be held virtually and launch at 10 a.m. CST via ForagerOne’s Symposium platform. The student deadline to submit a poster for Undergraduate Research Day is Monday, Mar. 1. Undergraduate students who have conducted research projects within the last year are encouraged to submit a poster and a brief video describing the project. The online submission form is available on the Undergraduate Research Day 2021 webpage:

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards will also host virtual workshops for students to learn how to create a poster and YouTube video to submit for URD. Questions about Undergraduate Research Day or the related workshops should be directed to Brittni MacLeod.

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



The Boren Award is now accepting applications!
The application for the Boren Awards is now open! This program offers up to $25,000 for undergraduate and graduate students to study a critical language abroad for 8 - 52 weeks (see program requirements and preferences). Successful applicants will be immersed in the culture while enrolled in language courses in their host country. Those interested in applying should email Dr. Ben Rayder ( for further information.

Application for the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program Now Open!
The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2021! The RSEP is a fully funded six-week program for undergraduate students to learn about current issues and international affairs, knowledge of opportunities in their fields, and gain skills which can help them pursue their professional goals.

Successful candidates will enroll in Howard University courses, attend a seminar on professional writing, and meet with members from public and private sectors, international organizations, and NGOs. Students from historically underrepresented backgrounds or with financial need are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Feb. 9, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Those interested in applying should email Ben Rayder at



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 Ben Raydar at 

Apply for the 2021 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship!
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and multidisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research, public service, or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

To be eligible, applicants must be sophomores, U.S. Citizens, and enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting program with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education. Eligible majors include biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics, engineering; computer and information sciences, and teacher education.
What’s in it for me?

  • An annual stipend of up to $9,500
  • A 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility
  • Travels funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and annual Science & Education Symposium
  • A housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship 

Current and potential applicants for the Hollings Scholarship can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

Apply for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship by March 2, 2021!
The Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.
Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
  • To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.
To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have 1-2 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining. Udall Scholars typically have a track record of promoting environmental issues, a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building, leadership potential and a vision for how they're going to make a difference. 

Udall Scholars receive:
  • $7,000 for eligible academic expenses
  • Access to the Udall alumni network
  • Five days in Tucson, Arizona for a scholar orientation

Application to the Udall Scholarship requires a campus nomination from the University of Houston. Current and potential applicants should contact Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards for more information.

Apply to the 2021 Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) Program by March 12!
The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) is a two-week workshop intended to orient rising sophomore and junior undergraduates to the fundamentals of conducting research. Students from all majors with a GPA of 3.5 or greater are encouraged to apply.

HERE students receive a $1K scholarship for their involvement, as well as an invitation to apply for the Houston Scholars program in the fall semester. In the 2021 HERE program, students will examine various aspects of inequality in Houston. Learn more about the program, its topic for 2021, and apply here. Contact Rikki Bettinger with any questions.

The 2021 SURF Program application is now open! Apply by March 12!
If you are a current freshman, sophomore, junior, consider applying to the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. SURF is an full-time research program that allows you to work with a UH faculty mentor over 10 weeks (June 2-August 4, 2021). Selected students are awarded $4,000 and participate in a weekly SURF lecture series, and will present their research at Undergraduate Research Day in April 2022.

The 2021 SURF program will be offered remotely, but on-campus research activity may be permitted on a case-by-case basis in compliance with health and safety protocols. Learn more about SURF and apply here! Contact Brittni MacLeod with any questions.