The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards (OURMA) adheres to the University of Houston policies and protocols to limit exposure and spread of COVID-19. Our programs are currently running remotely and we meet with students via phone, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. When applying to OURMA programs, students are required to include a remote research plan that describes a communication plan with their faculty mentor and a detailed timeline and plan for conducting research remotely should they not feel comfortable visiting campus.
We recognize that some students may have questions about conducting research on campus, so we want to offer some guidance and point you in the direction of UH resources for conducting research on campus.
You must contact your faculty mentor, professor, or supervisor to receive permission to conduct research on campus during this time. Some labs are able to accommodate undergraduates, while others are only able to have graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty on campus at this time in order to adhere to University and safety policies. You are encouraged to ask faculty which components, if any, of a research project can be carried out remotely and do so when possible to limit your risk and the spread of COVID-19.
The University of Houston Division of Research has provided guidelines for the current phase of reopening, phase two, which can be found here. This site covers the following:
- General Guidelines (including how to recognize and report symptoms)
- Access to Services (UH Libraries and Research Stores)
- What to do Prior to Returning to Campus
- Conducting Research in Shared Spaces
- Human Subjects Research (note: human subjects research should still be conducted remotely)
- Animal Research
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Free, on-campus testing is available. Please click here for more information.
- Student Health Center
- You can find information specifically for UH students here.
- Click here to access up-to-date positive case reporting for the University.
- Learn how UH is cleaning and sanitizing across campus to keep you safe. If you see Custodial Services, be sure to thank them for all that they are doing to keep our campus safe!
- If you need to report a positive test or potential COVID-19 exposure, access the forms here. This is also where you can find more links about COVID-19, the University's response, and additional resources.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding conducting undergraduate research during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact email@example.com with the subject "COVID-19 Guidelines".