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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Events and opportunities appearing in the NSM Undergraduate Update will be listed on this page. New listings are added regularly.

Undergraduate Research

Are you interested in doing research as an undergraduate? NSM’s Undergraduate Research pages give you information and tips on how to find research opportunities.

Connect for Research Opportunities
NSM also launched a webpage where faculty can post paid or volunteer undergraduate research opportunities. You can see current openings on the NSM Undergraduate Research Opportunities Portal.

Careers & Career Fairs

Have you ever considered teaching? The teachHOUSTON Program is an NSM Capstone that prepares mathematics and science majors to teach grades 7–12! While in the program, you will receive quality hands-on mentoring via convenient online instruction that will prepare you to be a successful teacher.

Qualifications for Program:

  • Classified as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Received a grade of B or above in Calculus I, and
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

Your journey begins with the first course, Introduction to STEM Teaching (CUIN 4397). View the teachHOUSTON Course Sequence for an overview about how math and science majors move through the program.

Scholarship Opportunities and Alternative Certification Pathway

Key Benefits of Joining teachHOUSTON

  • Keep your major in math or science.
  • Add a math/science teaching certificate with no added time.
  • Meet your capstone requirement.
  • Try out teaching with one class (Introduction to STEM Teaching-CUIN 4397).
  • Seeking students from racially, ethnically, socially, and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Scholarships and paid internships are available.
  • Job security and satisfaction.
  • Average starting salary for teachers is $58,000.
  • MAXIMIZE your potential with teachHOUSTON – College of Natural Science and Mathematics Teacher Prep Program!

Questions or to Schedule an Appointment: Email tHadvising@uh.edu

Internships/Fellowships

The Undergraduate Summer Shadowing Program at UH College of Medicine is an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in pursuing medical education to gain experience in the clinical setting while building connections with practicing physicians. Placements will be made with an emphasis on primary care and psychiatry. Specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, ob-gyn, and psychiatry.

Requirements

  • Be of at least junior standing by May 2021
  • Student at UH, UH-Downtown, Texas Southern University, or Prairie View A&M University
  • Contact information for a reference (i.e., professor)
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcript

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 5, 2021

Apply Here

Questions: Contact Ashley Schwartz at adschwartz@uh.edu or 713-743-6895

NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) will be posting several job announcements for JSC’s Pathways Intern Program on www.usajobs.gov. The announcements will open February 1, 2021, and close February 5, 2021. These internships are to begin in August 2021.

Applications open Feb 1, but you can start preparations to apply for JSC’s Pathways Intern Program by developing a profile in USAJobs, building your resume, and creating notifications to receive alerts when the announcements open.

What is the Pathways Intern Program?
JSC’s Pathways Intern Program follows the Cooperative Education (Co-op) model where current undergraduate and graduate students gain valuable work experience in their degree field while alternating between semesters of work and school.

The goal of the Pathways Intern Program is to develop students to become eligible for a full-time career with NASA upon graduation. Students work side-by-side with mentors who provide meaningful JSC projects and hands-on work experience, as applicable.

NASA is looking for students who:

  • Are well-rounded, focusing on academics as well as on-campus and/or community involvement
  • Possess good interpersonal skills and work well in teams
  • Are self-motivated
  • Want to be part of an innovative workforce
  • Have a passion for space and our mission

This semester, JSC is recruiting the following STEM majors: (In NSM -- Computer Science, Materials Science and Physics)
Technical: Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering, Computational Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, or Computer Science, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Physics, Industrial Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering

Program Information and Qualification Requirements

Application Tips

  • Create a profile in www.USAJobs.gov
  • Upload necessary documents to your profile as indicated on the application.
  • Pay close attention to the announcement itself and any specific requirements regarding time left until graduation.
  • Be prepared to set aside some time to complete the application process. Due to NASA’s new staffing system, there will now be a required assessment questionnaire in addition to eligibility questions. This assessment is designed to help NASA understand your competencies beyond what is in your resume.

Helpful Links
How to Apply for Federal Jobs - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gih8-cwTCQU
Resume Writing - www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
USAJobs YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/c/usajobs/videos

Houston Methodist has two summer programs for undergraduates: the Summer Undergraduate Research Internship and the Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship. The programs run from June 1 to August 6, 2021.

Summer Undergraduate Internship accepts students enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution by June 1, 2021 (they also accept graduated seniors). The Rosenberg Summer Surgical Fellowship does not accept graduated seniors.

Further Requirements and Application:
Research Internship
Surgical Fellowship

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 5, 2021

Questions: Contact HMSURI@houstonmethodist.org

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. Participating students will be awarded a stipend. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing guidelines, and the closure of some campuses, SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in summer 2021.

Although curricula and program dates vary by program site, each program participant will have the opportunity to spend the summer exploring a range of health careers, including dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health.

Eligibility

  • High school graduate and currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college.
  • Minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
  • U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Not have previously participated in SHPEP

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences, including:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
  • Learning and study skills development, including methods of individual and group learning.
  • Clinical exposure through virtual health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars.
  • Career development sessions exploring the health professions and the health professions school admissions process, as well as the development of an education plan.
  • A financial literacy and planning workshop that teaches financial principles and management strategies.
  • A health policy seminar series, exposing scholars to current health policy issues, the policymaking process and analysis, health care financing, and the social determinants of health.
  • An introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 5, 2021

More Information:

Questions? Contact shpep@aamc.org or call 866-587-6337

The NASA DEVELOP Program offers a paid internship opportunity for current students and recent college graduates. DEVELOP, part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns around the globe.

Participants will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in health and air quality, water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, urban development, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Information, Application and Projects List
https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.php

Program Details
https://develop.larc.nasa.gov/

Application Period for Summer 2021: Opens Jan 18, Ends Feb 26

Are You Ready to Explore the Extraordinary? NASA offers many internship opportunities. At NASA, you have the opportunity to use your creativity and to be innovative as you work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, from returning to the Moon by 2024 to exploring distant stars, and lots in between. You will work with leading experts and gain valuable experience as you participate in research and mission projects.

More Information

Application Deadline: Fri, March 5, 2021

Scholarships

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), provides support and multidisciplinary learning experiences for undergraduate students interested in pursuing research, public service or teaching careers in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be sophomores, U.S. Citizens, and enrolled in an accredited, degree-granting program with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a discipline related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education.
  • Eligible majors include biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics, engineering; computer and information sciences, and teacher education.

Benefits

  • Annual stipend of up to $9,500
  • 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility
  • Travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and annual Science & Education Symposium
  • Housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship

Next Steps?
Current and potential applicants for the Hollings Scholarship can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder (btrayder@central.uh.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

Application Deadline: Mon, Feb 1, 2021 (Application)

Apply for an NSM Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The online application and instructions on how to apply are listed on this page: www.uh.edu/nsm/students/scholarships/nsm-scholarship-program/

Eligibility: To apply, undergraduate students must be in good standing at UH, be an NSM major, have a cumulative GPA in all UH hours that meets the specifications of the endowment, and have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.

Deadline: Fri, Feb 26, 2021, at 5 pm

The NSM Alumni Association scholarships are open to incoming students, undergraduates and graduate students. Scholarship awards are given to students in all NSM departments.

Eligibility: Must be an NSM major in good standing at UH, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in all courses taken at UH, must have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Application and More Information: app.reviewr.com/s1/site/UHHA2021 (NSMAA Scholarship information near bottom of page) NOTE: You may qualify for other UH Alumni Association Scholarships listed on that webpage.

Deadline: Fri, March 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm

Other Opportunities

The application period for students interested in running as an NSM senator is open until Mon, Feb 8, at 7 pm. The form is on the SGA website: www.uh.edu/sga/elections/ under SGA Election Registration Form.

This is a great opportunity to see how government impacts science and to work with administrators to resolve issues students in NSM may be facing. Elections will be held in Feb 2021.