Undergraduate Student Opportunities - University of Houston
Skip to main content

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

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

Tutoring

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

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

LAUNCH Workshops

Upcoming Topics (See Full Schedule):

  • Time Management: Create a Planner Now, 9/6 in person, 9/8 online
  • Making Connections with Students, Staff, Faculty, 9/14 in person, 9/15 online
  • Note Taking: College Edition, 9/20 in person, 9/22 online
  • Writing a Strong Research Paper, 9/26 in person, 9/27 online

Register for Workshops

Problems Registering or Questions? Contact Juanita Hall at jhall4@central.uh.edu.

LAUNCH Tutoring

Access the free in-person and online tutoring via MS Teams (code 8ybk84w). Information on LAUNCH’s tutoring services is available on this webpage.

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

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.

PathwaysToScience.org has over 70 portable scholarships and fellowships posted. These include undergraduate level funding opportunities with an emphasis on increasing diversity in STEM. They also have tips and resources for applying:
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.

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

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 to assist with tutoring needed for end-of-school-year finals.

  • 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 (Sunday can be included)
  • Must be available until the end of the school year (May 31, 2022)

Starting Pay: $30/hour

Learn More: Visit www.kscholastic.com

To Apply: Send your resume and a statement of interest to karla@kscholastic.com

Are you looking for a meaningful part-time job this school year? NSM students are invited to apply for a paid position with iEducate!

iEducate employs college students to serve as tutors and mentors to 1st-5th grade students at nearby elementary schools. Your impact would go beyond academics to empower and inspire children to become their best selves in the classroom and beyond.

Benefits

  • $14/hr starting pay
  • Gain valuable leadership training and work experience
  • Connect with fellow students across Houston

Requirements

  • Must be a current college or high school student
  • Willing to commit at least 12 hours per week starting Fall 2022
  • All majors welcome; no experience required

Application Link
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions: Contact recruiting@ieducateusa.org.

Kscholastic Tutoring Company is seeking tutors for a variety of subjects for K-12 students.

  • Flexible scheduling
  • 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, 2023)

Starting Pay: $30/hour

Learn More: Visit www.kscholastic.com

To Apply: Send your resume and a statement of interest to karla@kscholastic.com.

Internships/Fellowships

Nexus Children’s Hospital in southwest Houston has openings in their clinical student internship program. The hospital specializes in pediatric traumatic brain injuries and pediatric behavioral health programs. This paid internship a good opportunity for students interested in direct patient care to gain pediatric medical experience.

Need More Information?
See Internship Program Flyer for internship description, other requirements, and how to schedule an interview.

Volunteer positions are also available with 3 hours per week minimum requirement. See Volunteer Program Flyer

Inspire girls to take on the world's greatest challenges! Girlstart is seeking MULTIPLE program leaders to lead fun, hands-on, STEM-focused after-school programs in Alief and Spring Branch ISD. Girlstart After School programs meet once a week for an hour immediately after the school day. This is a great opportunity to work directly with elementary school girls on hands-on science, engineering, technology, and math activities.

Enhance your leadership and teamwork skills, improve your presentation and communication skills, build your problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities all while being a positive and meaningful role model for girls! Training is provided.

Pay: $12-$15/hour (depending on experience)

Program Website: www.girlstart.org/stemcrew

Application

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program places students in 16-week semester and 10-week summer paid internships in science and engineering. Undergraduate students work on research projects related to their particular career choices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This program provides special training and research experiences to undergraduate students at the Department of Energy National Laboratories. SULI enables students to pursue technical careers and advanced education opportunities by giving them direct exposure to major scientific research facilities and to the Laboratory’s scientific and technical staff.

Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student
  • Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • 18 years or older at the start of the program
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

Financial Information
A salary of $650/week is provided as well as a housing per diem and travel reimbursement per Department of Energy and PNNL program guidelines.

Deadline for Spring 2023 Internships: Tue, Oct 5, at 4 pm Central

Program Flyer

Application: www.pnnl.gov/suli-internships

Questions: Contact Nicole Castilleja Bentley, SULI Program Manager, nicole.bentley@pnnl.gov.

Through the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship, the U.S. Department of State is seeking to attract top technology talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the U.S. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, gender, and geographic diversity.

Benefits

  • $37,500 annually (for two years) in academic funding for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses, for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study, OR for a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field.
  • Successful applicants will receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two summer internships: A domestic internship in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Department of State; and an international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad.

Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate degree program relevant to Information Technology at a U.S.-based accredited institution and entering your junior year in fall 2023
  • OR Seeking admission in an IT-related master’s degree program at a U.S.-based accredited institution beginning in fall 2023
  • On a timeline to graduate with your bachelor’s or master’s degree in May 2025
  • Hold a minimum 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the time of the application, and maintain this GPA through participation in the program
  • Able to obtain and maintain medical and security clearances and suitability requirements
  • Agree to a minimum five-year commitment with the Foreign Service upon successful completion of the program and the State Department’s requirements

Dates for the 2023 application will be released soon, and the application will open in September 2022.

Interested in Applying? Contact Dr. Ben Rayder, btrayder@central.uh.edu, in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

Other Opportunities

NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge asks university students to design a metal production pipeline on the Moon - from extracting metal from lunar minerals to creating structures and tools.

The challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students working with faculty advisors the opportunity to design, develop, and demonstrate their technology in a project-based program over the course of a year and a half. This NASA-funded challenge provides development awards of up to $180,000 to up to eight selected teams to build and demonstrate their concept designs and share the results of their research and testing at the culminating forum in November 2023.

Teams are invited to submit proposals for technologies needed along any point in the lunar metal product pipeline, including, but not limited to:

  • Metal detecting
  • Metal refining
  • Forming materials for additive manufacturing
  • Testing and qualifying 3D printed infrastructure for use on the Moon

More Information on Competition

Proposal and Video Deadline: Jan 24, 2023