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Coming up in The Honors College
10/20: Grand Challenges Forum: Dr. Jeffrey D. Rimer, UH School of Engineering
Nov. 3: Honors College Priority Advising and Registration  
Now-11/15: 2018 Critical Language Scholarship
Now: Want to help? Join UH CARES



Grand Challenges Forum (GCF)
The Honors College welcomes a diverse group of distinguished scholars, authors, activists and artists in an effort to further the University's commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking and scholarly excellence. The theme for the GCF’s 2017-18 academic year is “Bold Actions,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the University of Houston Alumni Association and the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The GCF is open to the entire UH Community. All lectures are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. Coming up: Oct. 20: Dr. Jeffrey D. Rimer, School of Engineering, University of Houston. For more information please visit:

Honors College Priority Advising and Registration - Nov. 3
Click above for important information regarding spring 2018 priority registration (Nov. 3) and the last day to drop (Oct. 31); as well as how to prepare for priority registration, important dates, and the advising team contact information.

After Harvey, wondering what to do to help?
One of the ways the UH community is providing service and support in the aftermath is through UH CARES (Cougar Assisted Relief Efforts). The initiative organizes UH volunteers into teams and take on projects in the wake of the storm. The program is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University. Go here and join!

Harry Potter Yoga
Join Honors in Community Health's Creative Care Team for stress relief and stretching in a wicked beginner's yoga workshop. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 23 from 6-7p.m. at the Honors Commons. The first eight attendees will receive a free pair of Potter glasses and a wand. We expecto-see you there! Sirius-ly. For more info, click here.

Honors in Community Health
Community Greens, a project in Honors in Community Health (HICH), will be watching a series of short films/movies that focus on food related issues affecting our communities and us. We will be encouraging discussion after every clip in order to engage CG members and UH students to identify the sort of problems that we encounter everyday. We'll discuss ways to mitigate these phenomenas individually and as a community. Topics of discussion include food security, food deserts, health through food, sustainable agriculture, local farmers, responsible consumers, and global citizenship. It will be in Agnes Arnold Hall Room 16, at 7 p.m., Oct 24.

SGB Halloween Party on Friday, Oct. 27 from 8:30-11 p.m.
"Join us in the upside down to search for Honors Faculty at our Stranger Things themed Halloween Party! We'll be dancing the night away, playing board games, and streaming the new season of Stranger Things. You can RSVP for the event at We hope you can join us to enjoy all the spooky activities in preparation for Halloween!" 

SGB Scheduling Spooktacular on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 3-5:30 p.m.
"Planning your schedule doesn't have to be so scary! Join Honors SGB and the Honors Advisors on Tuesday, October 31st from 3-5:30 pm in the Commons to find the treats in your next semester schedule! You can RSVP at"

Lift Up Houston Get Out the Vote Internship Program
Lift Up Houston is looking for Get Out the Vote [GOTV] Interns to engage with and educate Houston voters about the important upcoming election on Nov. 7. 

Interns will provide residents with the information they need to vote in favor of Propositions A-E. Passing these propositions will provide secure retirements to first responders and city workers, and much needed-funds that will allow the city to rebuild our parks, libraries, community centers and roads after Hurricane Harvey, all at no cost to taxpayers. 

The program will give interns the opportunity to work in a crucial, non-partisan election with a professional campaign staff that has experience running grassroots organizing programs and mentoring interns, many of whom go on to become full campaign staff in future campaigns.  

Apply online at or email us at

Bauer 3-Day Startup
The idea of 3-Day Startup is simple: start a technology company over the course of three days. We reserve work space for an entire weekend, recruit students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food and drinks, invite top-notch entrepreneurs and investors, pick the best idea for a software startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by Sunday night. At the end of the weekend, teams pitch the idea to a panel of entrepreneurs, investors and advisors for feedback. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend. The program is on Nov. 10-12 at Station Houston. The application can be found at

The Human Situation Fellows Fall 2017 Tutoring Hours
The 2017-18 Human Situation Fellows have begun tutoring hours for Fall 2017 in their new home base in the Honors College Foyer. Check the website for a complete schedule and list of upcoming workshops. Fellows are available mornings and afternoons, four days a week—with a Drop-In Writing Lab open on Thursdays. For more information, email



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:

Apply for the 2018 Critical Language Scholarship!
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Taking place during the summer, CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Languages offered:

  • Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu: Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Arabic and Persian: Advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Chinese, Japanese, and Russian: Intermediate and advanced levels 

Attend a Critical Language Fridays from 2-3: p.m. at the Language Commons in Agnes Arnold Hall (Room 215).
10/6 – Introduction to the CLS Program and the Boren Awards
10/13 – Application Workshop for the CLS Program
10/20 – Application Workshop for the Boren Awards
Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017




Apply for the Barry 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. 

Applicants must be a full-time matriculated sophomore or junior, planning to pursue a PhD/research-oriented career, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Goldwater Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Attend an upcoming Goldwater information session: 

  • 11/1, 4:00-5:00 PM, Honors College, Room 212P
  • 11/6, 4:00-5:00 PM, Honors College, Room 212P 

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Apply for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship!
The Truman Scholarship is a highly prestigious national program that recognizes and supports the nation's top undergraduates committed to public service leadership. The Truman Scholars are future "change agents" and leaders who will make a difference by improving conditions in society or the ways that government, nonprofit organizations, or educational institutions serve the public. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward a public service related graduate degree. 

Applicants must be a full-time junior-level student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. 

Attend an upcoming Truman information session: 

  • 11/2, 4-5 p.m., Honors College, Room 212J
  • 11/7, 4-5 p.m., Honors College, Room 212J 

Applicants must be nominated by the University of Houston and may not apply directly. Potential applicants should email Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research about their interest in the award and the pre-application process. Campus Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017.

Mellon Research Scholars Program
We are now accepting applications for the Mellon Research Scholars Program at the University of Houston. This program supports underrepresented students and other undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to the goal of building a diverse academy in the humanities. The Mellon supports humanities students in conducting research and participating in developmental academic and mentorship activities. Applicants must be UH main campus undergraduate students who are graduating in fall 2018 and spring 2019. Competitive candidates should be interested in conducting research and attending graduate school within the humanities. 

Twenty humanities students will be selected for the Mellon program beginning in spring 2018. Recipients will receive $1,100 at the end of the spring 2018 semester and $3,900 during summer 2018 for completing a graduate school workshop, conducting a summer research experience, and participating in other academic and mentorship activities. The deadline to apply is Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. Click here for more info.

Apply for the DAAD RISE Program!
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 2-3 months. Interns receive funding to work with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. 

Applicants must be enrolled full-time and they will have completed at least two years of their 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, underrepresented groups, international students and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Potential applicants should email Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research about their interest in the program and feedback on materials. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017.

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. The programs seek to bridge the gap between theory and practice and highlight models of action to remedy injustice. 

Current sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply. Current and potential applicants can request advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018. 

Glamour's 2018 College Women of the Year Competition
Each year, Glamour recognizes 10 outstanding college women from universities throughout the US. Winners receive up to $20,000 and are featured in Glamour magazine. Two students from the University of Houston have received this recognition in recent years. Interested students should contact the Ofce of Undergraduate Research. Eligibility: The competition is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Canada (except Quebec) who are at least 18 years old by the application deadline. For more information, click here.



UH Pratham Bake Sale
Pratham advocates for education and provides support in mentorship and empowerment in rural India. We are holding our bake sale for Fall 2017 on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in PGH Breezeway. We will be serving Samosas, Samosa chaat, and Biryani!! Help us raise money for education in India, by supporting Pratham at our bake sale.

UH Homecoming
UH proudly presents Homecoming 2017! It is a week celebrating the University of Houston, uniting students and organizations, and showcasing Cougar Pride and Cougar Spirit during one of the oldest traditions on campus! Each day of Homecoming there are diferent events for students, alumni, and the UH community. Check our website or follow us on social media (@uhhomecoming) to get updates and see the full schedule! #HoustonIsHome.

Coog Talks
CoogTalks serves as a platform for students and professors to share important ideas and opinions that will hopefully inspire others. Talks can be serious or comically but they have to be between 8-12 minutes in length. This event will take place on Nov. 7 in the Student Center Theater. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to For more info, click here

Chicano Soul: Book Release & Panel Discussion
On Oct. 18, the Center for Public History at the UH will present a panel discussion on the 10th anniversary reissue of Ruben Molina’s celebrated book, Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture. At MECA Houston. 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX, 77007. (200 seated capacity). What Else: (IF POSSIBLE) 45-minute live music performance with Oscar Villanueva and the Allen Oldies Band following the panel discussion. For more info, click here.

TEDx University of Houston
First TEDx event at the University of Houston! Speaker and attendee applications coming soon! Nov. 18, 2017.