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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.


NSM’s Scholar Enrichment Program (SEP) offers free Walk-In Tutoring to UH students enrolled in the science and mathematics courses listed on the Scholar Enrichment Program Walk-In Tutor Schedule. Tutoring is available for chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, physics, college algebra, pre-calculus and calculus.

Walk-in tutoring is provided in a relaxed atmosphere in a supportive environment by peer tutors.

Schedule and Courses with Tutoring:

Location: SEP Tutoring Center, Suite 56, Room 52A, M.D. Anderson Library (Bldg 509)

How to Get There: Enter the library through the back entrance (across from the Student Center), go down the stairs, and then follow the signs to the SEP area.

Questions: Contact


DAAD RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students. The program offers unique opportunities to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months. Interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. About 300 scholarships are available.

Applicants must be enrolled at a university/college in the U.S. as a full-time student who will have completed at least two years of a degree program by the time of the internship placement. Knowledge of German is helpful but not required for most positions.

The DAAD RISE Program welcomes applications from all qualified individuals in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. Women, minorities, international students and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

What’s in it for me?

  • Monthly stipend to cover everyday costs
  • Professional relationships for lifelong networking
  • International community of scholars and researchers
  • Career-building experience

Additional Information:

Potential applicants should email Dr. Ben Rayder ( in the UH Office of Undergraduate Research about their interest in the program and feedback on materials.

Application Deadline: Dec 15

How will future astronauts survive on distant planets? NASA is developing a variety of autonomous robots to build the infrastructure before humans even get there.

The Space Robotics Challenge, presented by BHP, focuses on virtually designing autonomous robotic operations to expand existing dexterous capabilities. Challenge participants will compete for a prize pool of up to $1 million, and winners will receive funding to continue research and discovery.

Registration for the Space Robotics Challenge is open. The qualifications rounds begin in March 2020 and last through October 2020.

More Information and Proposal Submission:

  • Proposals Due: Fri, Dec 20 by 5 pm

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.

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.

What is Provided?

  • Annual stipend of up to $9,500
  • 10-week, full-time summer internship ($700/week) at a NOAA facility
  • Travels 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?
Review webpage on the program. Current and potential applicants for the Hollings Scholarship can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( in the UH Office of Undergraduate Research.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Apply for an NSM Scholarship for the 2020-2021 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, 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 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

Deadline: Fri, Feb 28, 2020

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students from the high school seniors to undergraduate students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, who are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year.

More Information and Application: ACS Scholars Program webpages

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Enhance Your STEM Education
In Spring 2020, NSM will offer a History of Science course at the undergraduate (IDNS 4392) and graduate levels (IDNS 6392) for all STEM fields. The course is Open Honors. Also, the course is CORE – Writing in the Disciplines (WID).

The course targets mainly undergraduate students but graduate students will also find it highly enlightening and helpful. After introducing the students to the basic principles and styles of writing, the course emphasizes practice on topics drawn from the science history record. The topics are diverse covering a wide range of disciplines keeping the course engaging and accessible across departmental boundaries. In our globalized team-science era, the value of such a course cannot be overestimated: Learning to interact and work in inter- and multi- disciplinary settings is a must for STEM students at all levels. More important, historical knowledge is also fundamental to quality STEM education: There is no way to build a better future without drawing wisdom from the past. The course uses extensively documentary films and discussion/debate sessions.

In particular, the course analyzes central issues in the evolution of science and technology during the past century. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between science, technology, and society/culture in America: The progressive era and scientific experts; conservation versus preservation and ecology; politicians, geneticists, and the eugenics movement; the two World Wars and little science, big science, independent inventors, and industrial labs; the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb droppings at Japan; the building of the Super bomb and the Cold War; environmental science and the 1960s counterculture; global concerns, NASA, and the space program.

More Information: Contact Ioanna Semendeferi, Ph.D., Instructional Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Houston,

Course Website: