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Coming up in The Honors College

NOW: 2020-2021 Project T.R.E.E. is recruiting officers!
NOW: New Action Research in Communities (ARC) Program
NOW: Cognitive Development Lab Research Assistant Opportunity


New Classes for FALL 2020

ENGL 4395-3 (26985) Fiction Writing Projects
Chitra Divakaruni/ Mon 2:30PM-5:30 PM

In this course, students will focus on creating a Fiction Project, i.e., writing 2 or 3 (depending on length)  short stories or chapters that are connected in some manner, either through style, theme, subject matter or recurring characters; analyzing them in a workshop format; and then revising them. (Since this course was wrongly described in the Course Schedule as Autobiography, students may also use connected autobiographical essays or memoir chapters to fulfil the requirements).
Class time will be spent in examining published work and discussing its strengths and weaknesses and using it as a model for student assignments; in analyzing student work (both short prompt-based assignments and complete short stories/chapters); and in studying craft techniques. This course is for students who have been accepted into the Creative Writing concentration.

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.

2020-2021 Project T.R.E.E. is recruiting officers!
Project Teaching Refugees Effective English provides English tutoring to incoming refugee adults to develop their self-sufficiency; the organization is transitioning onto an online platform this year. Those who would like to connect with the refugee community through this project have the opportunity to apply for positions as vice president, data analyst, marketing and outreach, ESL curriculum developer, and financial officer.

Leadership application: For any questions email us at 

Part-time Tutoring Opportunity
Looking for college students with tutoring experience to work as in-home private tutors. Must be able to tutor multiple high school level subjects (computer science, statistics, Spanish/French/Mandarin, history, English, biology, chemistry, physics, advanced math, etc.) Also seeking tutors comfortable working with younger children.

Must have car to drive to student homes. Starting pay is $28/hour. Scheduling is flexible and can meet your needs. Average of four tutoring hours/week, but variability is expected. Commitment through the end of December required. Preference given towards students interested in working through May 2021.

Currently mandating masks for students and tutors during tutoring and Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to tutors. Please contact Karla Machado at

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 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 2019-2020
Reflecting on a year of service, recognizing outstanding individual Bonners, and congratulating our graduating seniors. (Click on link to view)

Honors College events postponed or cancelled:
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Induction – postponed until the fall
Undergraduate Research Day – scheduled for Sept. 29
Undergraduate Major Awards – scheduled for Oct. 20
The Great Conversation – TBD



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, 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 Ben Raydar at 

Apply to the Action Research in Communities (ARC) Program! 
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 area.

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 (

Cognitive Development Lab Research Assistant Opportunity
The Cognitive Development Lab is currently hiring volunteer Research Assistants for Fall 2020. Due to stay-at-home orders, this position will involve limited remote training and work until the campus is open again. As such, candidates that can remain with the lab during the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 terms will be given preference. (This is not a requirement for the position and we will consider every application regardless of whether they can stay for these semesters or not.) 

Note: This position is volunteer-only. Work study applicants may apply via Cougar Pathway starting in August. To gain course credit, you must have already passed PSYC 2301 - Intro to Methods in Psychology.
Successful applicants in the past have:

  • Had strong experience in working with infants and toddlers
  • Fluent in languages other than English (Spanish preferred)
  • Been comfortable approaching parents for research recruitment
  • Able to work late afternoons / weekends
  • Had experience with photo and video manipulation software (eg Photoshop / Premiere)
  • Known some basic statistics / R programming 
  • Had a GPA of at least a 3.0
Position requirements:
  • At least a two semester commitment
  • Work at least 10 hours per week
    • Attend three weekly meetings (in Summer, MWF 12 - 1 PM, in Fall/Spring MW 12 - 1 PM, F 1 - 2 PM)
    • One assigned three hour shift (we will work around your schedule)
    • At least four flexible hours based on your preferences
  • Recruit participants
    • Attend at least one recruitment event per semester (this requirement is suspended while the stay-at-home order is in effect due to COVID-19)
    • Email and call potential participants to see if they’re interested in participating (this requirement is suspended while the stay-at-home order is in effect due to COVID-19)
  • Attend and help run at least three experiments per semester (this requirement is suspended while the stay-at-home order is in effect due to COVID-19)
  • Annotate and transcript video data 
  • Render videos for eye gaze data 
  • Experimental stimulus design
Applications will be accepted until August 15.
Further dates of interview will be announced through email and posted on the lab website . Please apply at