Cougar Junior Scholars Camp Delivering College Preview to Middle School Students

College is a place of promise … but it’s also a place of uncertainty. What are professors like? How big is the campus? Are classes challenging?

This month, local middle schoolers will get a college preview courtesy of the University of Houston’s Cougar Junior Scholars Camp. Hosted by UH’s Honors College, this academic summer camp offers students the unique opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty members and noted scholars. They also can explore the campus and participate in fun educational activities including a quiz bowl.

The Cougar Junior Scholars Camp runs July 22 – 26 at UH’s Honors College (second floor of the university’s M.D. Anderson Library).

Participating professors and their respective courses are:

  • Stuart Long, Honors College associate dean of undergraduate research (engineering)
  • Simon Bott, instructional professor and undergraduate chair in UH's Department of Chemistry (chemistry)
  • John Harvey, director of the Honors College’s Center for Creative Work (literature, theater)
  • Christine LeVeaux, assistant dean for academic programs (political science)

The Cougar Junior Scholars Camp complements other Honors College community engagement initiatives including Honors and the Schools. This multifaceted program includes Scholars in the Schools, which provides high school students with the opportunity with learn from Honors College faculty; the Houston Teachers Institute, a professional development program dedicated to strengthening teachers and teaching in Houston-area schools; and Common Ground, which unites Houston-area English teachers and UH professors in dialogues focused on classic literary works.

To learn more about Cougar Junior Scholars, visit the program’s website.

The Honors College at UH is a hub of excellence that serves the needs of gifted undergraduates in more than 100 fields of study and reflects the rich diversity of the University of Houston in its courses, faculty and students. For over 50 years, the Honors College has offered students the best of both worlds: the advantages of a small college together with the comprehensive resources and rich diversity of a large university. For more information about the Honors College, visit



About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 40,700 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.