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Defining the Future

From cybersecurity and protecting our coasts to discovering hidden ancient civilizations, UH’s National Research Centers are seeking answers to society’s biggest questions.


Message From The President

Should the University of Houston focus on being nationally competitive or should the primary emphasis be on local relevance? The answer is both.

Hunter Yurachek

Hunter Yurachek, new vice president for intercollegiate athletics, shares his vision for the future of Houston Athletics. His accomplishments as associate vice president and chief operating officer have made a lasting impact on UH Athletics.

Dean Lisa German

Lisa German, a highly regarded research library administrator, joins the University of Houston as the new Dean of Libraries.

The Voice For Students

Student Regents, Garrett Hughey and Asit Shah, bring fresh perspectives to the UHS Board of Regents.

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Welcome to the Powerhouse

The Art Of The Matter

University of Houston leverages the arts as an engine to drive innovation and excellence. Our programs encompass music, visual and literary arts, dance, theater and design classes that awaken the senses and shape the cultural landscape. Students use their experiences and thoughts to ignite the imagination. They articulate stories by merging song, choreography, drama, vision and determination.

We are home to one of the world’s best university chamber choirs, one of the nation’s best opera programs, a leading creative writing program and a thriving industrial design program. We also are making bold strides in revolutionizing the approach to arts leadership. The fusion of an interactive experience as well as classroom practice nurtures a blooming breed of experts who are reinventing, refreshing and mastering the creative world.

Making an Impact

Good Cork, Bad Cork

UH Lecturer Aaron Corsi and Associate Professor Jay Neal find a way to keep wine from going bad. The new research uses electron-beam irradiation to eliminate wine barrel and cork contamination.

Going the Extra Mile

UH Student Serjio Brereda took to the road in Journey of Hope's cross-country trek to help support individuals with disabilities.

A Unique Collection

The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is home to one of the most extensive hospitality industry archives in the world.

Going Home

UH Professor Omprakash Gnawali combines determination and creativity to help Nepal recover and rebuild from a devastating earthquake.

Life After Service

The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Diageo and U.S. Vets partner to help veterans get jobs in the hospitality industry.

New Degree of Learning

This fall, UH offers new degree and certification programs in its continued commitment to student success.

The Rail Thing

The new METRORail service provides ways to keep UH Cougars 'on track' as it connects UH to the Theatre District and other downtown destinations.

Teaching Locally, Thinking Globally

For 25 years, the Asian American Studies Center has provided a global classroom where students, executive and community members can connect to gain insights into cultures, attitudes and mindsets of people worldwide.

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Drilling Deeper Into Responsible Energy

The University of Houston fuels the energy industry. We drive research and development while fostering leadership and technology incubation. Developing new methods for companies to prosper while preserving workplace safety and the environment is our full-time job. Energy companies continue to expand into deeper waters to mine for oil. Exploration into the unknown always brings its hurdles, but this is not a bad thing. It forces us to rethink current technology and invent new ways to solve old problems — and we’re the experts.

We work to find the best method of supplementing the industry while also protecting human and marine life. UH tackled this challenge by leading a national research center for subsea engineering and other offshore development issues. The overarching goal is to improve the sustainable and safe procurement of resources in the Gulf of Mexico while also preserving our natural habitat. UH plays a key role in influencing energy’s future.

Campus Affairs

The Reward of Creative Writing

The Provost’s Prize for Creative Writing shines a spotlight on rising writers. The award recognizes outstanding works of prose and poetry by undergraduate students.

Optimism and Hard Work Produce Capitol Results for UH and UH System

The UH System received ‘very positive’ results from the 84th Texas Legislative session. The session authorized construction bonds that include all seven of the UHS project requests.

Bringing Coogs Together

Niya Blair remembers being instantly — and pleasantly — surprised when she stepped foot into Cougar Country and saw students from so many different backgrounds on one campus.

Seeing Sweet Potential in UH Sugar Land

The 84th Texas Legislative Session results are helping UH Sugar Land build for the future. UH Sugar Land received $54 million in capital construction bonds and the transfer of 16 acres at the front door of the campus.


A new University of Houston System sexual misconduct awareness and prevention training.

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Welcome to the Powerhouse

Making Water Safe to Drink

Water covers a majority of the Earth’s surface, yet less than one percent qualifies as safe to drink. The effects leave a devastating mark — according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 500,000 deaths occur each year due to contaminated water. While access to potable water is problematic for much of the global community, our research at University of Houston is pointing toward a potential answer to this crisis.

In much of the developing world, clean water is difficult to come by or a commodity requiring both laborious work and significant currency to obtain. UH civil engineering Assistant Professor Debora Rodrigues forged a tool to combat this issue. She developed a nanocomposite coating used for purification that helps remove heavy metals, radioactive materials and microorganisms from available water supplies. If implemented on a large scale, her discovery can improve health conditions across the globe.

Learning & Leading

The Glamour of Geology

UH student Vanessa Alejandro received national recognition for research and community engagement initiatives. Alejandro launched, Warriors of the Wild, a nonprofit group dedicated to educating Houston-area children on environmental and animal conservation.

UH Alum Among Rising Energy Innovators

Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from UH, Casey McNeil has been listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Energy list, spotlighting young visionaries.

On the Court and in the Field, UH Students Gear up for a Super Four Experience

UH students will get hands-on training when they serve as interns in the planning of two huge events: the 2016 NCAA® Final Four® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the 2017 professional football championship.

Bringing Labs To Life

Bringing Labs To Life

Students Learn with Pioneering 3-D, Simulation Technology

Innovation & Insight

New Era for Center for Mexican American Studies

Pamela Quiroz takes the lead as Professor Tatcho Mindiola, who led CMAS for 34 years, retires. Quiroz comes to UH from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) where she was professor of sociology.

Legacy of New Scholars at CMAS

CMAS’s Academic Achievers Program was recognized by the national organization Excelencia in Education as one of the “2014 Examples of Excelencia.” AAP students achieve higher grade point averages and graduate at rates nearly twice that of UH Latino students.

Child Centered, Autism Aware

College of Education Assistant Professor Sarah Mire is conducting studies to strengthen children, families, mental health professionals treating and assisting children and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

‘Aspies’ Bring Their Unique Challenges to UH Professor

Assistant clinical professor Byron Ross uses 'good listener' skills to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), specifically Asperger’s Syndrome.

Blazing The Trail

Blazing The Trail

New Book Chronicles Courageous UH Players and Coaches Leading the Struggle for Racial Equality

On The Faculty

Politics, Policy and a Legacy of Teaching

Professor Richard Murray says in reflection on his 50 years at UH, "I chose to accept a job here ... and a big factor was my desire to teach in a big, interesting city — Houston filled that bill.”

There’s No Debate

Professor emeritus Robert Heath remains committed to conducting research during retirement. An article from his ongoing research with UH Professor Jaesub Lee will be published in the journal Risk Analysis.

Coogs With A View

Coogs with a view

Where do you go on #TravelTuesday? What memories do you revisit on #ThrowbackThursday? What are you wearing on #CougarRedFriday? Every day, Coogs share Instagram photos of all the interesting things they do. These photos are a few of our favorite glimpses of daily life around the @universityofhouston campus. #GoCoogs!

Alumni & Friends

The Essence of Reality is Change

Thusnelda Valdes is perhaps one of the University of Houston’s most well-versed alumni on the UH experience. Not only did she earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees at UH, she also spent her career counseling students on campus.

Class Notes

News and announcements from UH Alumni. Inspire and inform your Cougar Family with a Class Note. Share your latest accomplishments with us so Coogs across the world can celebrate with you!

In Memoriam

The University of Houston’s annual Day of Remembrance took place March 10 in the University Chapel. Each year a simple ceremony, open to the entire community, honors the students, faculty, staff and members of the community who passed away in the prior year…

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Last Look

The Alley Theatre concluded a successful season at UH and moved back into its downtown home after completing a $46.5 million renovation. During its time on campus, UH School of Theatre & Dance students were able to perform in several Alley Theatre productions, Alley staff members were guest speakers during classes, and the Alley made permanent improvements to UH’s Wortham Theatre. “The Alley Theatre would like to extend a profound thank you to the students and faculty for welcoming and embracing us during our year away from home,” said Alley Theatre Managing Director Dean Gladden. “We hope Alley patrons will continue to visit and enjoy performances on the UH campus.” —Melissa Carroll

The Alley’s production of All My Sons performed at UH’s Wortham Theatre.