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Coming up in The Honors College

Now: Registration for Two New Honors Courses!
Now: Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction (ENGL 3332)



 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 2019-2020 academic year is “Just Keep Going,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the UHAlumni Association and the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The GCF is open to the entire UHCommunity. All lectures are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. For more information please visit:

The Honors College is Offering Two New Courses for the Spring 2020 Semester!

Writing for the General Reader
This course is cross-listed as ENGL 4396 (30447)
Course Number: WCL 4396H
Instructor: Zaretsky
Class Number: 24037
Days and Times: TTh 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
This course is for those students majoring in the natural and social sciences, as well as in the humanities, who wish to write for non-specialists. We will spend the semester reading writers on the art of writing, meeting with editors of major newspapers and magazines, and work-shopping your own essays and articles. The course is limited to rising juniors and seniors.

This course is a Honors College Colloquium course and counts toward the Phronêsis and Creative Works minors.

Writing in the Physical Sciences
Course Number: GEOL 4397H
Instructor: Copeland
Class Number: 25242
Days and Times: TTh 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
STEM fields involve the gathering of a variety of data from the lab, the field, or from numerical modeling. However, the job of the scientist or engineer is not done until she tells someone about the results. This means writing some sort of report or paper. If you want to be a scientist or engineer, you want to be a writer. This means taking the communication part of STEM work as seriously as the technical part. This class will, through lecture, discussion sections, and writing assignments, will go over various concerns when writing different types of communication (proposal, abstract, research paper, review paper). As scientists, if we can avoid unnecessary, incorrect, and misleading language, we will improve our communication. If we can learn the best ways to present our technical data in images of many types, our understanding of the world will be more likely to be passed on to others. If we can do all of this, it will lead to habits of mind within ourselves that will allow a more insightful probing of the world around us.
This course is a Honors College Colloquium course and counts toward the Energy and Sustainability minor.

Introduction to Creative Writing: Nonfiction (ENGL 3332)
What is Creative Nonfiction? Creative nonfiction is like jazz, a rich blend of craft techniques and experience which combine to deliver mesmerizing personal essays, journal articles, memoir, eco-writing, and more. It can be personal or not, but it always engages with the reader on a personal level.

According to Vivian Gornick, memoir (and other forms of creative nonfiction) “Is a tale taken from life—that is, from actual, not imagined, occurrences—related by a first-person narrator who is undeniably the writer. Beyond these bare requirements it has the same responsibility as the novel or the short story: to shape a piece of experience so that it moves from a tale of private interest to one with meaning for the disinterested reader."

This class will be taught Tu/Th, 4:00-5:30pm and will include exploration of craft technique, evaluating examples of the different genre found under the umbrella of creative nonfiction, and writing and workshopping our own works of creative nonfiction.

Part-time Tutoring: Physics
Looking for enthusiastic, motivated, hard-working part-time tutors to join our Kscholastic team! Honors College students who are able to tutor 4+ hours/week in math and physics.

Must have a vehicle to go to/from students' homes. $28/hour starting rate. Please email Karla for more information.

STEM Program Instructor
Do you love working with kids? Do you want to develop leadership skills while sharing the love of science with young students?

Hypothesis Haven, a STEM enrichment program for preschool & elementary school students, is seeking bright and caring volunteers to work as class instructors. In this program, kids explore careers in science by learning about the principles of scientific discovery and how medical breakthroughs happen. Duties would include preparing class materials, organizing activities, helping students with activities and ensuring a positive learning environment. Interns will also track attendance records, attend staff meetings, and report to management. Through this experience, Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with young students and develop human relations skills through interactions with schools, parents and co-workers.

Time Commitment: ​12-13 hours a week during Spring 2020 semester. Submit applications to: ​​ with subject line, Applicant-Hypothesis Haven Instructor
For more details, visit:

ImpACT Program
The ImpACT ACT prep program is looking for mentors for the upcoming semester. Mentors will assist juniors at KIPP Sunnyside High School in the various sections of the ACT exam.

The program starts up the week of January 14 and ends on February 5, 2020. Sessions will take place on every Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-6 pm; mentors are only expected to attend one session per week. There will also be sessions on Saturdays, No prior experience in tutoring is required; we will teach you everything you need to know

Training will be scheduled on an individual basis for December 16-20, 2019. Much of this training process will be provided through video workshops and scheduled video chats.

If you are interested, please fill out an interest form HERE. We will contact you with further details! 

Center for Student Involvement: Ignite Leadership Program
This semester-long workshop series provides the knowledge and tools to prepare students for leadership in the UH community and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity for students to establish a professional network of peers, receive coaching from an upperclassmen mentor, and learn leadership practices from UH Staff and Houston community leaders. Through the cohort model, Ignite mentors guide small groups through the program and create positive relationships and a supportive environment. Last Day to apply is January 30, 2020. For more information:



Humanity in Action Fellowship
The Humanity in Action Fellowship selects Fellows to study minority rights and exploring how and why individuals and societies have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Programs take place during the summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Each program is interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits. The programs seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and highlight different models of action to remedy injustice.

Current sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2018 and 2019 are eligible to apply. Currently enrolled Masters and PhD students can also apply.

Humanity in Action covers the costs of participation and accommodation during the fellowship programs.
Interested applicants can request advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Rayder ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Application deadline is Jan. 5, 2020.

Apply for the 2020 Boren Awards!
The Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. strategic interests and under-represented in study abroad. As part of its mission, the Boren Awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Boren also sponsors a series of special initiatives including the following:
• Language Flagships (including Arabic, South Asian languages, Turkish and Indonesian)
• Boren-ROTC Initiative
• Summer STEM Initiative

For more information about these programs, please visit the Boren website and/or contact Dr. Ben Rayder at or Saman Essa at Campus Deadline: Monday January 6, 2020

Learning Abroad —PARIS, VERSAILLES, CHARTRES - Spring 2020
Led by Dr. Dustin Gish and Dr. Jamie Ferguson, this 10-day (May 11-21, 2020) excursion to France will introduce UH students to the intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage of Paris, with excursions to the architectural wonders of Chartres Cathedral, the Palace of Versailles, and the beautiful chateaux of the Loire Valley.

Participation on this trip is limited to 25 students. Students with National Merit, Tier One, and Terry Foundation Scholarships can use their funding to support this trip. The Honors College offers students generous merit scholarships and need-based scholarships, and additional scholarships are available through the Office of Learning Abroad.

For more information, contact Dr. Gish ( Program Cost: $ 3,000 ($500 deposit, plus monthly installments) includes: round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and breakfast, tickets to most major museums, gardens, events & sites. View flight itinerary and make payment HERE

Explore Germany and Poland in Spring 2020!
Join Drs. Belco, Rayder, and Sirrieh May 12-26, 2020 on a trip through Germany and Poland that will examine the contrast between urban and rural, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and developed cities and natural landscapes nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This trip is perfect for anyone with an interest in health, energy, politics, technology in addition to numerous other issues.

As part of the trip, you will visit Munich, Berlin, Katowice, Krakow, and Warsaw. Highlights of the trip include historical tours of all cities, meetings with Green Party politicians, hiking excursions, and much more! In each city, you will also have free time to discover each location on your own.For questions, please contact Dr. Rita Sirrieh or Dr. Ben Rayder (

Seats are limited, so sign up soon! View flight itinerary and make payment HERE



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

2020 DAAD RISE Scholarship
DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months. Interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. About 300 scholarships are available.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled at a university/college in the United States as a full-time STEM student who will have completed at least two years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement. Knowledge of German is helpful but not required for most positions.

Grantees receive a monthly stipend, professional relationships for lifelong networking, an international community of scholars and researchers, and career building experience

Potential applicants should email Dr. Ben Rayder ( about their interest in the program and feedback on materials. Application deadline is December 15, 2019

Apply for the 2020 BCM SMART Program
SMART was developed to provide frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.

SMART welcomes students from all STEM majors, and even non-science majors with appropriate background and interest. Projects span the spectrum of biomedical science, including projects in bioengineering and computational biology.

SMART offers:
• Nine paid weeks of biomedically related research
• Research and professional development seminars
• Free SMART GRE prep workshops
• Career development activities
• Designated housing near BCM

All applicants must be currently enrolled with plans to return to UH to complete their undergraduate degree. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. No previous research experience is required except of first-year students (freshman status in college).

Applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( Application Deadline: January 11, 2020

2020 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with educational opportunities to gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks during the summer. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented and minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

To be eligible, applicants must be, sophomores, U.S. Citizens, and enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting program with a 2.8 GPA or higher in a STEM discipline.

Grantees receive, mentorship from scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects, a weekly stipend, potential housing and travel allowances, and insight into how the Department of Energy is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.

Candidates can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( Application deadline is January 15, 2020

2020 NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
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.

Grantees receive an annual stipend of up to $9,500, a 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility, and travels fund to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and annual Science & Education Symposium.

Candidates can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( Application deadline is January 31, 2020