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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.

Events

Join Johnson Space Center employees and students from all STEM backgrounds from Jan 28 to 30 at the free JSC Hackathon, hosted at The Ion near downtown Houston. Teams will spend the weekend working on JSC-themed cool programming and tech projects, attending workshops, and participating in interactive competitions with fun NASA prizes. Participants will be provided all the resources and mentors needed to work on a project. Team-forming channels will be provided before the opening ceremony or participants can work solo.

Event Date: Fri, Jan 28, through Sun, Jan 30. Event check in starts at 3 pm, Jan 28

Location: The Ion, 4201 Main St, Suite 120, Houston, 77002

More Information and Registration

Attend the Learning Abroad Fair on Tue, Feb 1, no registration necessary. Meet with faculty leaders, program providers, and the program team to explore your program and scholarship options, and get a free CoogsAbroad giveaway.

Date/Time: Tue, Feb 1, 11 am-2 pm

Location: Houston Room, Student Center South

February is Learning Abroad Month — If you are interested in a summer, fall or winter 2022 program, now is the time to start planning your journey abroad. Interested students should attend a Learning Abroad 101 workshop before starting the advising process. See this webpage for dates and times of other Learning Aboard events.

Would you like to showcase your research? Presenting at Undergraduate Research Day is a great way to display your hard work, practice your presentation skills, network with scholars, and develop your professional resume. Submit a poster for the 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Day to be held in person on April 14.

More Information and Submit Your Poster

Deadline: Tue, March 1

Questions? Email undergrad-research@uh.edu

Tutoring

UH’s campus learning center, LAUNCH, offers free in-person and online tutoring via MS Teams and will hold various 50-minute workshops each week via MS Teams.

LAUNCH Tutoring (In-Person or Online with MS Teams, code 8ybk84w)
Information on LAUNCH’s tutoring services is available on this webpage. Group tutoring for Chem 1331 and 1332 is also available.

Questions? Contact Mr. Kelsey Harris at keharri3@central.uh.edu.

LAUNCH Workshops
Upcoming Topics: (See Full Schedule)

  • Improve Focus and Concentration
  • Notetaking, College Edition
  • Engineering/Science Majors: Learning Strategies for Success
  • Self-Care: You Gotta Nourish to Flourish

To Register for Workshops: Link to sign up for workshops is available at www.uh.edu/ussc/launch/workshops/. Then, download MS Teams in Office 365 and enter code umt0dfa to attend the workshop (that is a zero in the middle).

Problems Registering or Questions? Contact Laura Heidel at lheidel@uh.edu.

NSM’s Scholar Enrichment Program (SEP) offers free tutoring to UH students enrolled in the science and mathematics courses listed on the Scholar Enrichment Program Tutor Schedule. Tutoring is available for:

  • Biology I, II
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Chemistry I, II
  • Organic Chemistry I, II
  • College Physics I, II
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Intro to Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Science & Programming
  • University Physics I, II

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 and internships. Multiple opportunities outside UH are listed; here’s a sample:

  • ENDURE (Neuroscience) Summer Research – Washington U in St Louis
  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics at Texas A&M
  • Woods Hole Partnership Education Program
  • Houston Methodist Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) - Other Universities (comprehensive list of NSF-funded REU programs nationwide)

Deadlines for paid summer research programs are fast approaching! PathwaysToScience.org has a searchable database of 600+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines. These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc. They also have a selection of resources to help you strengthen your applications:
pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx

Considering Graduate School?
If you are considering graduate school, search FULLY FUNDED graduate programs in a variety of disciplines, and view resources on applying: pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx

Need Help?
If you need help finding a program that’s a good fit, please feel free to email Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor, The Institute for Broadening Participation at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org for assistance.

The Vienna BioCenter Summer School Program is a 10-week summer research program for life science undergraduates at the Vienna BioCenter in Austria. Participants work closely with faculty members to perform experiments, analyze data, generate ideas, and discuss their results. In addition to practical laboratory work, scholars take part in lab meetings and journal clubs. Outside of the lab, students attend a retreat to foster personal and professional relationships with the faculty and other students.

Applicants must be undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school in the life sciences. The program runs June 24-August 26, 2022. More Information

Benefits
Students will be provided housing, a travel allowance, and a stipend while in the program.

Interested?
Current and potential applicants 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.

Deadline: Mon, Jan 31, at 4:59 pm Central (11:59 pm Central European Time)

The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. The program provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on summer research experience at some of the nation’s leading educational institutions and a few international universities in Europe and Japan. Amgen Scholars gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science, receive guidance from faculty mentors, and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events. More Information

Benefits
Participants generally receive a stipend, on-campus housing, some meals, and a travel allowance.

Eligibility
Students may apply as sophomores (with three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies). Applicants must also have a 3.2 GPA to apply and an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or an M.D./Ph.D.

Next Steps
Current and potential applicants 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: Tue, Feb 1

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

Are you looking for a meaningful part-time job while earning your college degree? Give back to your community and become an iEducate College Readiness Mentor! 

iEducate is looking for college students to serve as tutors and mentors in local 2nd-5th grade reading, writing, math and science classrooms. iEducate also offers leadership positions with pay bonuses that develop college students into professionals, better preparing you for the workforce!

View Program Video

Requirements: Applicants must:

  • Be eligible to work
  • Be a current college student with a 3.0+ GPA
  • Be able to commit at least 12 hours per week in the 7:30 AM-3 PM window
  • Have reliable transportation (the position will be in-person)

Benefits:

  • $12/hour pay
  • Career guidance in the teaching profession and invaluable leadership experience
  • Access to a diverse community of college students across Houston
  • The opportunity to have a transformational impact on a child’s life

Application: Apply.iEducateUSA.org

UH’s HPE Data Science Institute is launching a new Micro-Credentialing Program in Data Science. These free classes are open to all students, culminating in a micro-credential that can be placed on networking pages.

To receive the Micro-credential badge, complete the courses listed below in any semester. These courses will neither affect your GPA nor appear in your transcripts. 

Four Courses:

  • Principles of Data Management Badge
  • Scientific Programming with Python Badge
  • Data Visualization using Paraview & Tableau Badge
  • Introduction to Machine Learning Badge

Questions: contact@hpedsi.uh.edu

Kscholastic Tutoring Company is looking for tutors of all academic subjects.

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Variety of subjects for K-12 students
  • Houston-area in-person tutoring (must have a personal vehicle)
  • Must be available 3 evenings a week
  • Must be available until the end of the school year (May 31, 2022)

Starting Pay: $28/hour

Learn More: Visit www.kscholastic.com

To Apply: Send your resume and a statement of interest to Karla Machado Barcus (owner), karla@kscholastic.com.

Internships/Fellowships

Are you interested in international affairs? Do you want to conduct groundbreaking research? The UH Center for International and Comparative Studies Global Fellows Program provides a stipend of $500 for the spring semester and is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in all majors.

Global Fellows will assist Center director, Dr. Zachary Zwald, on the Battle for Reality project, which examines disinformation as a form of warfare. Tasks will include the following:

  • Read material on the nature of disinformation operations.
  • Periodically meet with the research team to share findings and insights.
  • Assist in organizing a campus event on the rapidly evolving nature of disinformation operations in international relations.

How to Apply
Send these materials to zjzwald@uh.edu under the subject “Global Fellows Application:”

  • Brief cover letter (describing your interests in international affairs)
  • Your resume
  • Copy of your unofficial transcript (including GPA and courses taken)

Application Deadline: Fri, Jan 28, by 5 pm Central. Decisions will be announced 1/31.

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program at Columbia University is a program for undergraduates undecided on their career goals, but interested in public health or biomedical science careers. The program includes public health coursework at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students’ exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option. More Information

Benefits
Housing is provided, and participants receive a stipend. Travel fees will be covered.

Eligibility
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or U.S. Nationals, have completed at least two years of college by the beginning of the program, have not been accepted into a graduate program yet, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Next Steps
Current and potential applicants 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, Jan 31, at 10:59 pm Central

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
develop.larc.nasa.gov/apply.php

Program Details
develop.larc.nasa.gov/

Deadline for Summer 2022 Internship: Fri, Feb 25

The Quality Education for Minorities Network 10-week Virtual Internship (May 31-Aug 5) is open to undergraduates and graduate students. Participants work with scientists from the NSF on research projects. The program is designed to develop students professionally and instill in them an appreciation for innovation in STEM-related programs, NSF-funded projects, and STEM careers. The internship also increases a students’ awareness of the circumstances that prevent minority students from receiving a quality STEM education; as well as provides them opportunities to conduct research to become familiar with NSF programs and strategies to address issues related to under-representation in STEM.

Benefits

  • Stipend of $6,000 for undergraduates and $7,000 for graduate students
  • Extra $1,200 to attend STEM-related conferences and/or to cover membership fees for STEM professional societies

Eligibility

  • By summer, must have completed at least the sophomore year
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or National of the U.S.

More Information and Application

Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 25

A Mickey Leland Environmental Internship is a one-of-a-kind experience that offers college students an unparalleled glimpse into the future of environmental science and conservation, helping them launch their careers. Undergraduate and graduate students learn about environmental issues and gain professional work experience through a paid, full-time summer internship, either at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, other state agencies, or in the private sector in Texas.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate student who has completed at least 60 semester hours at end of spring 2022 semester OR current graduate student
  • Enrolled full time during spring 2022
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application
  • Eligible students who are graduating spring 2022 may apply for summer 2022 internship assignments
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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

Deadline: Mon, Feb 28

More Information and Application

Smithsonian’s Conservation Internship for Broadening Access program aims to help diversify the field of museum conservation by introducing students to the field who come from varied economic, cultural, social, and educational backgrounds. This is a 10-week onsite program, not virtual.

Students and recent graduates from Minority Serving Institutions of higher education such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are encouraged to apply to this program. UH is a Minority Serving Institution (HSI and AANAPISI)

Interns will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of museum conservation through multi-disciplinary experiences involving the conservation of objects, paintings, textiles, paper, time-based media, and/or other materials
  • Increase their knowledge of advanced technology in the field of museum conservation
  • Learn about topics in museum conservation practices, industry standards, and educational requirements through weekly seminars curated by institutional experts
  • Hone their research, laboratory, and professional skills through their internship and weekly skill-building seminars.

Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, or recently graduated from an undergraduate program
  • U.S. citizen
  • Over 18 years of age

More Information and Application

Application Deadline: Tue, March 15

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, Jan 31

The Udall Foundation awards approximately 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 to outstanding sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Udall Scholars typically have a track record of promoting environmental issues, a desire for problem-solving or consensus-building, leadership potential and a vision for how they're going to make a difference.

Scholarships offered in any of three categories:

  • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have 1-2 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining

Benefits

  • Receive $7,000 for eligible academic expenses
  • Access to the Udall alumni network
  • Spend five days in Tucson, Arizona, for a scholar orientation

Next Steps
Application to the Udall Scholarship requires a campus nomination from UH. Current and potential applicants should contact Dr. Ben Rayder ( btrayder@central.uh.edu) in the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.

Campus Application Deadline: Tue, Feb 1

Apply for an NSM Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The online application and instructions on how to apply are listed on this page.

Eligibility: To apply, undergraduate students must be in good standing at UH and have completed at least one long semester (fall, spring) 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 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

Deadline: Fri, Feb 25, at 5 pm

Other Opportunities

Through the Incubator of Racial Equity in STEM Education (IRESE) program at UH, Arab-American undergraduate students pursuing STEM majors can volunteer in their communities. IRESE fellows will mentor and tutor Arab refugee and recent Arab immigrant high school students.

The semester-long program runs through both spring and fall semesters, with a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per week, including weekends. Participants are eligible for a $1,000 stipend each semester upon successful completion of the program.

The fellows will work as a team to improve school performance of Arab refugee children in high school, generate STEM interests, promote self-confidence and awareness, as well as improve quality of life, through multiple enrichment activities.

Eligibility

  • Arabic-English fluent
  • STEM majors
  • Minimum 3.0 science and math GPA

How to Apply
Submit a resume and a statement of interest (500 words maximum) to Samina Salim, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, ssalim@uh.edu.

Application Deadline: Mon, Jan 31 (deadline extended from Jan 15