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Coming up in the Honors College
NOW: Various Competitive Award applications available 
02/04: Deadline: Honors Credit Petition
02/09: Info Session - Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement
02/11: Honors Got Talent - Sign Up Now!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES    

Grand Challenges Forum
The New Grand Challenges Forum encourages students to think critically, discuss openly and learn unequivocally. The New Grand Challenges Forum offers students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community a time to hear a wide range of lectures dedicated to a compelling theme. Fridays from 1 – 2 p.m. in CEMO Hall. 

Stop The Bleed
Stop the Bleed (STB) is an organization that aims to educate the University of Houston community in first aid techniques, specifically those regarding bleeding control. Educational training will be hosted in-person this semester to teach people how to control wound bleeding in an emergency situation. First aid kits will be demonstrated to further the applications of what visitors have learned and certificates will be provided with the completion of the class.Our training for this semester are on the following dates from 2:30-4:00 p.m. : 2/7, 2/24, 3/8, 3/23, and 4/7 at Bayou City South in the Student Center (2nd floor). To join the trainings, participants must sign up on our website: https://stbatuh.com/events through Sign-Up Genius.

Arete Fellowship - Critical Thinking + Helping Others
Some efforts to improve the world can be much more impactful than others. Smallpox eradication, the abolitionist movement, and the Green Revolution demonstrate what's possible when people come together to solve pressing problems. But these opportunities are few and far between. At the other end of the spectrum, well-intended initiatives have been ineffective or even counterproductive.

Doing good better is one of the defining challenges of our time. Recognizing this need, Effective Altruism Association will host the Arete Fellowship: a challenging 10-week program, established by Harvard College Effective Altruism, to equip students with the knowledge to do good in the world more effectively and the tools to think critically about their career ambitions. By the end of the semester, Fellows have access to in-depth coaching, career connections, and unique opportunities to help others as part of a happy and meaningful life. For more information: bit.ly/uhoustonarete Application Deadline is January 30.

Spring 2022 Honors College Phone-a-thons
The Honors College phone-a-thons are back for the Spring 2022 semester. Phone-a-thon dates and interest form are listed HEREThis semester, all phone-a-thons are held via Zoom from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Spots at phone-a-thons are first-come, first-served. After you have completed an interest form, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to join the phone-a-thons. First Phone-a-thon starts January 31.

Omicron Delta Kappa Workshop: February 2
The Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle at UH's workshop series returns in Spring 2022! Our first virtual workshop of the year features Dr. Aaron Reynolds. In this workshop, Dr. Reynolds will show participants the steps to drafting a short professional narrative, or "story", to showcase who they are when asked the dreaded "Tell me about yourself" question.Students who are interested can complete this interest form HERE, and an email will be sent with the Zoom link to the meeting. Students do not have to be a member of ODK to attend the workshop!

Honors Credit Petition
Students who would like to petition non-honors classes for honors credit are required to complete the petition and submit it to the Student Services Office by February 4. The form can be found here- https://uh.edu/honors/students/current-students/online-forms/honors-petition-form-fillable.pdf

Information Session - Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement
Come learn more about the new Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement designation and how you can earn this Honors designation when you graduate! Stop by between 10 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, February 9 in the Rockwell Pavilion. Dr. Rita Sirrieh, Director of Co-Curricular Honors, will be available to tell you more about the designation and answer your questions. For more information about the program: https://uh.edu/honors/Programs-Minors/co-curricular-programs/hcce/

Honors Got Talent
Do you have a talent you would like to show off? Sign up to perform at Honors Got Talent! We are seeking acts for our February 11 event! Sign up here: https://bit.ly/HonorsGotTalentSP22

Energy Leadership Certificate Series
UH Energy and the Energy Coalition at the University of Houston are proud to announce our Energy & Career Webinars and the Certificate in Energy Leadership. These programs are based on a four-part webinar series, and are designed to prepare UH students for careers in energy, and for roles as future decision-makers within industry. Focusing on non-curricular aspects of leadership and team-building skills this non-credit program provides UH students with unique hands-on and practical information to further their career in the energy industry. The webinars feature some of the brightest minds of the marketplace. This educational opportunity will explore how the energy transition is transforming energy careers, as well as providing insights in leadership and team-building, which are crucial skills in the rapidly-changing energy industry.First session starts February 11, 2022. Webinar registration is open to all, but pre-registration is required :https://uh.edu/uh-energy/educational-programs/energy-leadership-certificate/The Certificate in Energy Leadership is a non-credit certification open to UH students only.

2022 Invitation to Participate in Research Study
Students are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by researchers from Valdosta State University (VSU) and University of North Texas (UNT). The research project is designed to investigate relationships between individual differences in several psychological constructs. The primary benefit of participation in the study is the opportunity to contribute to the exploration of major psychological determinants of creative and academic outcomes in students.
 
This study involves filling out a questionnaire that will take about 25 minutes. There is not any risk to you from taking part in this research. The questionnaire is anonymous. No one, including the researchers, will be able to associate your responses with your identity. Your participation is voluntary. You may choose not to take the survey, to stop responding at any time, or to skip any questions that you do not want to answer.
 
Questions regarding the purpose or procedures of the research should be directed to Drs. Sakhavat Mammadov at 229-333-6054 (smammadov@valdosta.edu), Anne N. Rinn at 940-565- 4037 (anne.rinn@unt.edu), and Selcuk Acar at 940-369-5405 (selcuk.acar@unt.edu). This study has been exempted from Institutional Review Board (IRB) review in accordance with Federal regulations. The IRB, a university committee established by Federal law, is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. If you have concerns or questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at 940-565-4643, or by email at untirb@unt.edu.
 
Please click on link to participate: https://unt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2bKPASIJnqDkkku

Submit your Poster to Present at 2022 Undergraduate Research Day!
Would you like to showcase your research? Presenting at Undergraduate Research Day is a great way to display your hard work, practice your presentation skills, network with scholars, and develop your professional resume. The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards encourages you to submit a poster for the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Day. Undergraduates from all disciplines are encouraged to present.

Learn more at www.uh.edu/urday and submit your poster by March 1, 2022. The event will be held at the M.D. Anderson Library on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Questions? Email undergrad-research@uh.edu. We can’t wait to celebrate your work!

2022 Honors Retreat Counselor Application
We're headed back to Camp Allen for our Fall 2022 Honors Retreat and looking for Honors Retreat counselors! What does an Honors Retreat counselor do? They provide the backbone of the Honors Retreat by welcoming incoming Honors students, head up color groups, encourage participation during activities, offer insight at workshops, and generally make new freshmen feel a part of The Honors College! Apply here: https://bit.ly/2022RetreatCounselorApplication Deadine: March 1, 2022

Information Concerning COVID-19 at UH 

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TRAVEL & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Apply for the Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the nation's leading educational institutions and a few international universities in Europe and Japan. As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to take part in university research projects by gaining hands-on lab experience and contributing to the advancement of science, interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, and attend scientific seminars. Participants generally receive a stipend, on-campus housing, some meals, and a travel allowance.

Students may apply as sophomores, juniors or non-graduating seniors. Applicants must also have a 3.2 GPA to apply and an interest in pursuing a PhD or an MD-PhD. Current applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: February 1st, 2022.

Apply for the ENDURE Summer Research Program
The Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) ENDURE summer research program prepares undergraduates from diverse backgrounds for neuroscience PhD programs. Accepted students are funded for up to two years. The program combines independent research, a rigorous academic, professional development curriculum, and an empowering support system so participants thrive on their path to graduate school and beyond.Benefits include a $6500 stipend per summer, travel to and from the program, housing, eligibility for academic year research stipend ($1500 per semester for up to two academic years), and funds to attend up to two scientific conferences annually. Details about the application, eligibility, and the program are available online (endure.wustl.edu) or by contacting endure@wustl.edu. Current and potential applicants should contact Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards for more information. Deadline to apply: February 6, 2022

NAACP Marshall-Motley Scholars Program
The NAACP Marshall-Motley Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship for law school for students committed to practicing civil rights law on behalf of Black communities in the South. Members of the program will be given full scholarships for tuition, room, and board, and a two-year postgraduate fellowship at a civil rights organization. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree by September 2022, be US citizens or Permanent Residents, expect to be admitted to, an ABA-accredited law school as a first-year, full-time law student, in a 3-year full time JD program. They must begin in the fall of 2022.

If awarded, must work full-time in pursuit of racial justice in a southern state for a period of 8 years immediately following the fellowship. Applicants can request advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: February 11, 2022

The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is now live!
The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is accepting applications for the 2022 cohort. The program has two components - students attend international affairs seminars and are introduced to members of the global community (both governmental and nongovernmental roles). The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, two meals per day, and a stipend for $3,300. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline,have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, and be a U.S. citizen. Interested candidates should email Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research for further information. Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022

Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program (MLEIP): Information for Students
An MLEIP internship offers college students an unparalleled glimpse into the future of environmental science and conservation, helping them launch their careers. UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE college students learn about environmental issues and gain professional work experience through a paid, full-time summer internship, either at the TCEQ, other state agencies, or in the private sector in Texas.You must be an undergraduate student and have completed at least 60 semester hours at the end of the spring 2022 semester. You must be enrolled full-time during the spring semester of 2022 and have a minimum academic grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. You must be eligible to work in the United States. Current applicants can request individual advising on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: February 28, 2022

Taiwan 2022: Broaden Your Horizons Scholarships
The Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan) initiated the Taiwan Scholarship in an effort to encourage outstanding international students to undertake degree programs in Taiwan. Taiwan MOE will provide each recipient with tuition and fees up to NTD $40,000 (= USD $1,379) per semester. A monthly stipend will also be provided for each recipient: NTD $15,000 ( = USD $517) for undergraduate studies and NTD $20,000 ( = USD $689) for graduate studies.Additionally, the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) was created by Taiwan's Ministry of Education to encourage American students to learn Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. A monthly stipend of NTD $25,000 (=USD $862) will be provided to each recipient for a maximum period of one year. Current applicants can request individual advising on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information. Deadline: March 31, 2022

The application for the 2022 Delta Scholars Program is now open!
Any student from the federally defined Mississippi Delta Region (includes AL, AR, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, and TN), or who has an interest in community engagement projects in this area of the country, is encouraged to apply. The Delta Scholars program provides opportunities to learn from and be mentored by faculty experts from Brandeis, Harvard, Mississippi State, the University of Mississippi, and other program partners in such areas as food insecurity, public health, race and public policy at the Summer Institute in Mississippi (June 20-July 1) followed by a Fall trip to Harvard where Scholars present their research and community impact projects.

Targeting sophomores/rising juniors, the program has produced Truman and Fulbright scholarship recipients and Rhodes finalists over the last four years. Students from HBCUs are particularly encouraged to apply and take advantage of a research mentorship provided by the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Those interested in applying should email Ben Rayder at btrayder@central.uh.edu.

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SCHOLARSHIP RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES   

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 and Major Awards website. This web page contains updated information on upcoming research programs and deadlines. http://www.uh.edu/honors/undergraduate-research/research-resources/featured-research-opps/ For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.   

Apply for the Vienna BioCenter Summer School Program!
The Vienna BioCenter Summer School Program is a 10-week summer research program for life science undergraduates at the Vienna BioCenter in Austria. Fellows will work closely with a faculty member to perform experiments, analyze data, generate ideas, and discuss their results. In addition to practical laboratory work, scholars will also take part in lab meetings and journal clubs. Outside of the laboratory, students will be able to attend a retreat to foster personal and professional relationships with the faculty and other students.

Students interested in graduate study in the life sciences are encouraged to apply. Selected students will be provided with housing, a travel allowance, and a stipend for the duration of the scholarship. Applicants must be undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school in the life sciences. Current applicants can request advising and feedback by emailing Ben Rayder in OURMA. Deadline: January 31, 2022

Apply to the UMich Future Public Health Leaders Program
The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (Michigan FPHLP) is a 10-week residential summer program. Participants will be able to engage with public health professionals through various seminars, gain hands-on field experience, and receive career mentorship from leaders in public health. One-week CDC Showcase Event, a stipend, on-campus housing, round trip transportation from your home to Ann Arbor, MI, and University of Michigan Summer Meal Plan. Applicants must have completed at least two years (or equivalent) of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university, have not been accepted into a graduate program, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or U.S. National.

Current applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: January 31, 2022 

Apply for the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
The SPHSP Program at Columbia is a summer reach program for undergraduates undecided on their career goals, but interested in public health or biomedical science careers. It includes public health coursework at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members. Selected applicants will be provided with housing and receive a stipend for participation. Travel fees will be covered by the program.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or U.S. National, have completed at least two years of college by the beginning of the program, have not been accepted into a graduate program yet, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. Current applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: January 31, 2022

Apply for the 2021 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship!
The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and 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 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.

Successful candidates will receive an annual stipend up to $9,500, a 10-week, a 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, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home. Applicants can request advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in OURMA. Deadline: February 1, 2022

Apply for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship!
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. 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, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have 1-2 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining. Udall Scholars receive $7,000 for eligible academic expenses, access to the Udall alumni network, five days in Tucson, Arizona for a scholar orientation.

Current and potential applicants should contact Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards for more information. Deadline to apply is February 9, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP) is open!
The Psychology Research Experience Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides intensive mentoring and experience in scientific research and professional development to undergraduates from historically underrepresented populations who have expressed and demonstrated an interest in a career in scientific psychology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and permanent residents who have completed their freshman year of college but have not yet received an undergraduate degree. Successful candidates will receive $5000 and furnished housing.PREP is a 10-week program (May 30 – August 5th) that features a balance of mentored laboratory research (approximately 30 hours/week) alongside faculty presentations, professional development, networking opportunities, and a curriculum of weekly Data Science Workshops. These Data Science Workshops are centered on scientific data processing and programming with past topics including Data Science in R and Python, Fitting and Evaluating Linear Models, Data Visualization, Cross-Validation, Support Vector Machines, and Neural Networks. Deadline: February 15, 2022. Potential applicants should contact Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards for more information.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards encourages you to apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. SURF is a full-time research program that allows you to work with a UH faculty mentor to complete a research project over 10 weeks (June 1 – August 5, 2022).

Selected students are awarded $4,000 and participate in a weekly lecture series. Students present their research at Undergraduate Research Day 2023. Learn more about SURF at: https://uh.edu/honors/undergraduate-research/our-programs/surf/ and apply by Friday, March 11, 2022! Contact OURMA at undergrad-research@uh.edu with any questions.

Houston Early Research Experience (HERE)Are you a freshman or sophomore interested in getting started in research? The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) program is a two-week workshop that introduces you to the fundamentals of conducting research. Students from all majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to apply.

This year’s theme is Energy in Houston and selected students receive a $1,000 scholarship for their full-time participation this May 17-26, 2022. Learn more about HERE at: https://uh.edu/honors/undergraduate-research/our-programs/here/ and apply by Friday, March 11, 2022! Contact OURMA at undergrad-research@uh.edu with any questions.