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Coming up in The Honors College

11/14 Deadline: Apply to be an Honors Mentor!
11/19 Citizenship Learning Opportunity
11/29 The Holocaust in Lithuania: A lecture by Ruta Vanagaite 
11/30 South Asian Survey



Apply to be an Honors Mentor!
Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Mentors. Mentors are the first Retreat Counselors selected and help incoming students adjust to college life.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14 for those applying for a Mentor Executive position, and the deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 20 at noon for Mentors. Please direct questions to Dr. Sirrieh ( The online application form can be found at

Citizenship Learning Opportunity
Citizenship Learning Opportunity for students who would like to become U.S. citizens. You will be able to enroll in a free 8-week class preparing you to take the citizenship exam. You will also be able to enroll in a free session where attorneys and volunteers will help you complete the N-400 applicaiton to apply for citizenship. RSVP here: The session will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4 p.m. in Room 212L.

The Holocaust in Lithuania: How it Happened and How it is Remembered
A lecture by Ruta Vanagaite, author of the runaway bestseller, Musiškiai (Our People) (2016), co-authored with world-famous Israeli Nazi-hunter and Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff. The book deals with the role of Lithuanians in the Holocaust. It has sparked fierce public debates in Lithuania about its past, and inspired a search for truth on this subject among many young Lithuanians.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 3:30pm, Agnes Arnold Hall, Rm 210. Free and open to the public.

South Asian Survey
Help a student collect data for their thesis! The only qualifications to participate in the study are:
1) Be over 18
2) Identify as female
3) Be South Asian (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives) 
4) Live in the greater Houston area 

The survey is only 10-15 minutes long, is IRB approved, and would really really help me in collecting data in this underrepresented community! Please send it to your community members, your family members (if they're in Houston), religious groups, cultural groups, etc! You can take the survey here: . Last day for survey November 30, 2018. For more information contact Saman Essa at

The Humanity in Action Fellowship
Apply for the Humanity in Action Fellowship! The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of Fellows to study minority rights and produce original research exploring how and why individuals and societies, have resisted intolerance and protected democratic values. Separate programs take place for five weeks every summer in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw.

Each program is highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2017 and 2018 are eligible to apply.

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Deadline: January 6, 2019.



Interested in Going Abroad? 
Keep in touch with the Honors College’s very own study abroad blog, which outlines opportunities and reflects on students’ experiences: 



PURS Spring 2019
Apply for the Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) program. PURS is a part-time, faculty mentored semester research opportunity. It awards $1K scholarships for the spring 2019 semester. Full-time juniors and seniors from all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply.

The deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2018 For more information and to access the online application, visit

Apply for the 2019 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship!
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.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have 1-2 years of full-time undergraduate study remaining. 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. 

Udall Scholars receive:
• $7,000 for eligible academic expenses
• Access to the Udall alumni network
• Five days in Tucson, Arizona for a scholar orientation

Application to the Udall Scholarship requires a campus nomination from the University of Houston. Current and potential applicants should contact Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information. Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018

Apply for the 2019 Goldwater Scholarship!
The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly prestigious national award that recognizes the nation’s top undergraduates in science, math, and engineering fields. Goldwater Scholars receive up to $7,500 annually for their final year or two of undergraduate study, and are well-positioned for graduate school applications and awards.

Competitive applicants will be full-time matriculated sophomores or juniors planning to pursue a PhD/research-oriented career, have a minimum grade point average of 3.7, possess some research experience and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. 

As part of the award, Goldwater Scholars receive the following:
• An annual stipend of $7,500 to cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board.
• Students who are nominated and do not receive a scholarship but show particular promise will be recognized with an Honorable Mention. Please contact Dr. Ben Rayder for further information and feedback on materials. Campus Deadline: November 30, 2018

Mellon Research Scholars Program
Interested in undergraduate research in the humanities? Check out the Mellon Research Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for supporting undergraduate students in conducting research and preparing for graduate school in the humanities. This research culminates in a research paper or thesis that Mellon Scholars present by the end of the program. 

The Mellon Research Scholars Program at the University of Houston is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and supports underrepresented students and other undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to building a diverse academy in the humanities.  

The deadline to apply is December 3, 2018. For more information, visit the Mellon Research Scholars Program website at 

Apply for the 2019 DAAD RISE Program!
DAAD RISE is a summer internship program that offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany. Interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English.

Applicants must be enrolled at a university/college in the United States 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 not required for most positions.

The DAAD RISE Program welcomes applications from all qualified individuals in STEM fields. Grantees receive a monthly stipend to cover every day cost, professional relationships for lifelong networking, an international community of scholars and researchers, and career building experience. 
Please contact Dr. Ben Rayder for further information and feedback on materials. Deadline: December 15, 2018

Apply for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Selected candidates train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects, consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During these 10-week energy fellowships, participants receive a stipend, and some students may be eligible for housing and travel allowances for the duration of the program. They also gain insight into how DOE is working to meet the energy challenges of the future. Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of application, be a U.S. Citizen and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in a full-time STEM program. Please contact Dr. Ben Rayder ( for more information and feedback on application materials. Deadline: December 17, 2018

Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program Info Session
Each summer, the Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program provides an opportunity for students to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research with leading scientists in the Texas Medical Center. Benefits of the program include nine weeks of paid research experience ($5,000), daily seminars and career development activities, GRE workshops, and access to housing near Baylor College of Medicine. Students majoring in the STEM fields and non-science majors with appropriate background are encouraged to apply. 

Want to learn more? Attend the SMART Program information session on Monday, October 29 at 4pm in the Honors College Commons. Submit your RSVP here. For general advising and help with application materials, prospective applicants should contact Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. The deadline to apply is January 1, 2019.

2019 Summer Program in Cancer Research - MD Anderson Cancer Center
For ten weeks during the summer, SPCR students participate in hypothesis-driven, project-based investigations and attend a weekly lunch lecture series covering topics such as DNA structure and repair, epigenetics, stem cells, signal transduction and apoptosis, and emerging analytical techniques. 

Other activities include social events and tours of the MD Anderson Houston and Bastrop campuses. The program culminates in the SPCR Scientific Symposium, where interns give a 10-minute presentation describing their research results. It is not uncommon for students to make significant research contributions and to earn co-authorship on scientific abstracts and manuscripts. 

SPCR students receive a stipend of $6,000 for the 10 weeks. The 2019 program dates are June 3, 2019 through August 9, 2019. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.
Applications can be found at



4th Annual Non-music Major Orchestra Fall Concert
The Non-music Major Orchestra (NMO) will be having their 4th Annual Fall Concert on November 18th, 2018 at 4pm. The event will be at Student Center South Houston Room. Featured pieces include: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Zelda 25th Anniversary, and Whitacre's October. The event is free, so bring your friends and family to watch NMO perform!