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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

Would you like to teach English abroad for a year? Do you have a research project that you want to conduct in another country? Not sure what to do after graduation? Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

Fulbright Student grants provide rising and graduating seniors, master’s and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists from any field with opportunities for personal and professional development. Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country to foster mutual understanding. Fulbright is one of the largest academic exchanges in the world, providing approximately 2,000 grants annually in more than 140 participating countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Attend the Fulbright Info Session
Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at these specialized sessions:

  • English Teaching Assistantship Grant Zoom Sessions
    • Tue, April 13, 4 pm
    • Tue, April 27, 4 pm
  • Study/Research Grant Zoom Sessions
    • Thu, April 15, 4 pm
    • Thu, April 29, 4 pm

To Register for this Event: Fill out the UH Fulbright Interest Form.
Can’t make it? Fill out the form anyway to arrange an advising appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

Questions: Contact the UH Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Ben Rayder, btrayder@central.uh.edu.

Tutoring

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

LAUNCH Online Tutoring with Teams
Information on LAUNCH’s tutoring services is available on this webpage: www.uh.edu/ussc/launch/

Please note that group tutoring “Chem Gym” for Chem 1331 and 1332 is also available.

LAUNCH Workshops
Topics include: ( See Full Schedule)

  • Overcoming Procrastination (Online Focus)
  • Increasing Motivation
  • Time Management for Finals
  • Preparing For/Coping with Finals

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
  • General 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.

Connect for Research Opportunities
NSM also launched a webpage where faculty can post paid or volunteer undergraduate research opportunities, giving faculty and students a new way to connect for research opportunities. You can see current openings on the NSM Undergraduate Research Opportunities Portal.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards offers UGR@UH, a virtual workshop series for undergraduate researchers.

Topics range from getting started in research, creating research posters, crafting research proposals, communicating your research and writing literature reviews. They also periodically offer information sessions on various UH undergraduate research programs.

See Complete Schedule and Register Here

The Action Research in Communities Program offers undergraduates opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored action research based on service projects in the Greater Houston Community. The program allows students to focus on research stemming from past or current service projects they have participated in. Service projects can be in any field and students from all majors are welcome to apply. ARC Fellows receive a $1,500 scholarship split between the fall and spring semesters. Faculty mentors receive a $300 stipend. Fellows are eligible to apply for implementation grants of up to $750 to turn their research into action to serve the community.

Eligibility

  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior at UH
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Not enrolled in a post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional program
  • Have a full-time UH faculty mentor

Application Deadline: Sat, May 1

Learn More and Apply

Questions: Contact Dr. Brittni MacLeod, bsmacleod@uh.edu

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

Scholarships

The University of Houston Foundation has five scholarships open to NSM undergraduate students.

  • Lynne Murray Sr. Scholarship for Chemistry Majors or Graduate Students
  • Marathon Oil Geosciences Scholarship
  • Crawford and Hattie Jackson Scholarship
  • Charles and Rikki Raflo Scholarship
  • Kelly Coleman, MD, Scholarship

Specific eligibility requirements are available on the pdf applications for each scholarship. Please note that students are limited to 2 NSM scholarship applications submitted to the UH Foundation.

NOTE: The UH Foundation also has a few scholarships that are not College-specific. Those are located at the bottom of the UH Foundation Scholarships webpage.

Application Deadline: Thu, April 15

More Information and Application: universityofhoustonfoundation.org/scholarships/

The STEM Scholarship Program with Promotion and Retention of STEM Education though Networking Team (PARENT) Support awards scholarships up to $2,500 per semester to academically motivated students who demonstrate financial need as identified by FAFSA.

Scholarship is open to Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics or Physics majors, including transfer students, who will be at the sophomore or junior level in Fall 2021 and who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours.

The program employs activities to foster an academic and family learning community. Activities include:

  • Monthly STEM Student Interest Group meetings for networking, professional development, academic and career guidance, and social interaction
  • Mentoring Network, which includes a Research Placement Program
  • PARENT Academy, fostering parent/family engagement

Scholarship recipients are required to participate in these program activities.

Application Deadline: Fri, April 30

More Information and Application Link: www.uh.edu/nsm/students/scholarships/stem-scholarship-program/

The Nurse Corps Scholarships are awarded to students who are looking to pursue a nursing career. The scholarship covers tuition, textbooks, and other related costs for a nursing degree. Upon completion of their nursing degrees, successful candidates will work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses-a Critical Shortage Facility (CSF).

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a lawful permanent resident
  • Accepted or enrolled student in a nursing degree program at a U.S. accredited school of nursing
  • Begin classes no later than September 30
  • Don’t have any federal judgment liens
  • Don’t have an existing service commitment
  • Aren’t overdue on a federal debt

Deadline: Fri, April 30, 11:59 pm PST

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.