The Energy Scholars Program at the University of Houston provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work on a year-long, energy-related research project under the direction of a UH faculty mentor. Participants will receive a $6,000 scholarship to work on their project in the spring, summer, and fall. In the spring, students will begin their faculty-mentored project part-time with an expectation of 6-7 hours per week. During the summer, students will transition to a full-time research experience and participate in the SURF lecture series offered by OURMA. In the fall semester, research hours will return to part-time with an expectation of 6-7 hours per week. Faculty mentors will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation. The program is open to students of all disciplines who are interested in working on a research project related to energy.
Participants in the Energy Scholars Program will contribute unique research that supports the Energy Transition Institute, which is focused on three core areas: hydrogen, carbon management and circular plastics, or investigate other energy-related topics within the scope of their discipline.
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To be eligible for this program, the student must be working on a research topic related to energy. Students from all majors and disciplines are welcome to apply. Scholarships will be awarded to continuing UH undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students graduating in spring or summer 2024 are not eligible.
How to Apply
Students must complete an online application, which includes:
- Statement of research objectives and goals not to exceed 500 words (including references)
- Two short answer questions about your academic and research experience
- A proposed project timeline
- Name of the UH faculty mentor/sponsor who will be providing a letter of recommendation (this should be the faculty member who the applicant will conduct research with.)
Statement of Research
The statement of research should:
- Be composed in consultation with the faculty mentor
- Be written in your own words — not in your faculty mentor's words
- Be written in first person
- Discuss the relative importance of the proposed research within its discipline
- State the specific tasks to be accomplished during the summer and fall program
- Define the scope and goals of the proposed research
- Identify the connection of the research to the topic of energy
- Be checked for any spelling or syntax errors before submission
The timeline for the proposed research project should:
- Be broken down by week
- Reflect full-time work in the summer and part-time work expectations in the spring and fall
Letter of Recommendation
The UH faculty mentor letter of recommendation should:
- Describe the student's qualifications
- Identify the area of research, creative or scholarly activities in which the mentor will engage the student
- Describe the faculty member's role as mentor to the student, including a description of how the proposed research relates to their on-going research
- During the summer, participants will be expected to work on their project full-time for 10 weeks and attend the SURF lecture series.
- In the spring and fall semesters, research hours will be part-time with an expectation of 6-7 hours per week.
- It is assumed that students will not take a summer course. If a student MUST take a summer course for extenuating circumstances, petitions within this spirit may be accepted on a case-by-case basis by completing a petition form. A student cannot earn course credit for the UH Energy Scholars program.