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Honors Student Organizations

Honors Ambassadors

The Honors Ambassadors is a group of Honors College students selected to represent the college at a variety of events, including college nights at local high schools, Honors College Open Houses, Cougar Fridays, Honors College Advisory Board meetings and The Great Conversation. Applications to the organization are available and interviews are conducted at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Honors Ambassadors officers.

Student Governing Board

The Student Governing Board (SGB) functions as a liaison between the Honors faculty, administration and students. Each semester, SGB conducts student evaluations of Honors faculty. SGB officers are elected to annual terms, and meetings are open to all Honors College students. In addition, SGB is responsible for planning various social activities for the college. For more information, contact the SGB officers. Vote for the 2017-2018 SGB Officers online (election closes April 18)!

The Terry Scholars at the University of Houston

All Terry Scholars are members of the Terry Scholars at the University of Houston (TSUH) student organization. This organization promotes student success both inside and outside the classroom, providing academic support and networks, as well as monthly community service projects and social events. The Terry Scholars elect officers to annual terms and assist in the planning of events such as the Terry Scholar Orientation and Banquet. For more information, contact the Terry Scholar Officers.

Club Theater

Club Theater is an organization of students who love the craft of acting and producing original work but who are not theater majors. Contact John Hounihan to get involved.

Honors Advocates

Honors Advocates is a volunteer organization that recruits and orients new students to the University and the Honors community. Some advocates also serve as advisors and counselors with the Honors staff during summer orientation sessions and the Honors Retreat. For more information, contact the organization at


The Houston Undergraduate Research Network (HURN), the first student research organization at the University of Houston, is committed to fostering a dynamic learning community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate research. HURN unites students and faculty from varying colleges and disciplines in an effort to share experiences and learn from each other, while at the same time, engaging more students in pursuing undergraduate research endeavors. For more information, contact Karen Weber.

Model Arab League

Since 1993, the Honors College has participated in the national Model Arab League (MAL) conference, held for three days in Washington, D.C., each April. The league offers students an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills and to learn about the social, economic, cultural and political issues facing leaders of the Arab world. Participation in MAL is valuable to students of all academic majors and nationalities as they gain valuable leadership training through public speaking and discussion, writing and editing, interpersonal relations and cross-cultural dialogue. Delegates come away with practiced skills that will serve them well in their future endeavors. Interested students should contact Tyler Swensen or Chloe Stowell.

The African American Honors Student Association

The African American Honors Student Association (AAHSA) promotes unity and provides a voice for African American Honors students, while seeking a better understanding among all students in the Honors College. AAHSA also seeks to improve retention rates of African American students in the Honors College. AAHSA continues to develop successful, goal-oriented, community-minded African American Honors graduates and provides a strong support network for its members. The organization encourages participation from its members in all Honors College activities. Membership in AAHSA is open to all. For more information, contact AAHSA's faculty advisor, Dr. Christine LeVeaux (713.743.2355) or Myles Parnell.

University of Houston Speech & Debate Team

By demanding research, evidence and reasoning, collegiate policy debate pushes students to understand contemporary political issues and to make informed, real-world decisions. Tournaments foster public speaking ability, encourage civic engagement and develop leadership. Speech & Debate at Houston is open to all students, from novices to seasoned competitors. For more information, contact Richard Garner.

Bleacher Creatures

Bleacher Creatures is the official spirit group of the Honors College, offering all Honors students the opportunity to "paint up and get rowdy" at Cougar home games. For more information, contact the SGB officers.

The Great Conversation Decorations Committee

Decorations Committee members team up with fellow Honors students to apply their creative talents to designing table decorations that reflect the wide array of subjects being discussed at The Great Conversation. Committee members will have the opportunity to attend the event and engage in conversation with community and University leaders. For more infomation, contact Elena Rios.

Honors College Mentorship Program

The Honors College Mentorship Program provides guidance and support to incoming students through peer mentoring. Incoming Honors students are encouraged to meet with student mentors regularly as well as participate in a variety of Honors community-buidiing events to ensure a successful transition to the University of Houston. Read more...

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. AMSA at the University of Houston is a student-orchestrated organization that gives its members any and all opportunities a pre-medical student needs when aiming to become a physician. Getting accepted into medical school is difficult and a demanding goal. UH-AMSA eases this stress by being the one-stop-shop organization for all physicians-in-training. With chapters in medical schools like Baylor College of Medicine, UT-Houston and UTMB, AMSA will be right there with you to and through medical school. For more information visit our website, and if you have any questions feel free to contact us at

Circle K International

Circle K International is a global collegiate service organization dedicated to service, leadership and fellowship. This organization is a member of the Southeast Gulf-Coast Texas Division in the Texas-Oklahoma District. Weekly community service opportunities are offered ranging from volunteering at local thrift stores for underprivileged families to working non-profit art booths at fun runs. The annual fundraising initiative Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF benefits Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in third world countries. The Kiwanis Club of Downtown Houston sponsors the Circle K club and offers a variety of networking opportunities and leadership development. For more information, please contact Megan Iselin at


Go INTERNational. AIESEC is the largest international student-run organization in the world, with more than 80,000 members in more than 110 countries. It is an international non-profit organization that provides students with leadership training and internship opportunities at for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)- The National Leadership Honors Society

The purpose of ODK is to recognize University of Houston students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and scholarship. ODK acknowledges and encourages achievement in scholarship, athletics, campus community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media and the creative and performing arts.