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Coming up in The Honors College
03/23: Grand Challenges Forum (GCF)
03/27: Deadline for SGB Officer Nominations
Now: Research and Travel Opportunities


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: March 23: Neal Manne, Managing Partner at Susman Godfrey Law Firm: Zachary Fertitta, Fertitta and Reynal, L.L.P. For more information please visit:

Business Litigator Neal Manne visits The Honors College
Neal Manne, Managing Partner at Susman Godfrey and a nationally recognized business litigator, will speak at the Grand Challenges Forum. Neal chairs a Texas death penalty organization and currently represents Alfred DeWayne Brown, a wrongfully convicted man. He has handled pro bono, along with the Civil Rights Corps and the Texas Fair Defense Project, the representation of indigent misdemeanor defendants suing Harris County for unfair bail practices. He won before the Fifth Circuit--this case could likely go to the Supreme Court. Friday, March 23, 1-2 p.m., CEMO Hall 100D. For more information please visit:

2018-19 SGB Officer Nominations
Nominate a student (or yourself) to be an Honors College Student Governing Board (SGB) Officer for the 2018-2019 academic year. SGB is responsible for planning various social activities to support and foster community in the College. Officer positions are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Nominations can be submitted online ( until Tuesday, March 27 at noon.

Careers and Internships in Diplomacy Information Session
Are you interested in global affairs? Have you thought about a career in public diplomacy? 
Diplomat-in-Residence for Texas, Julie Kavanagh, will be on campus to talk about careers and internships in international affairs. She will also meet individually with students who would like to discuss opportunities to work for the Department of State and other international organizations.
The schedule is as follows:
March 29:
11-12 p.m.: Careers and Internships in Diplomacy Information Session (University Career Services)
1-2 p.m.: Careers and Internships in Diplomacy Information Session (Honors College Commons)
2-4 p.m.: Open Consulting

These sessions are a great opportunity to better inform yourself about the possibilities and steps necessary to prepare for a career in international affairs. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for an open consultation, please contact Dr. Ben Rayder.

The Honors College Scholarship is Now Open!
The Honors College scholarship application for current students for the 2018-2019 academic year is now open. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the applicant's academic record with emphasis on Honors coursework and participation in the Honors College. The online application is here:

Your completed online application, along with your resume (including academic, leadership, and extra-curricular activities) should be submitted online no later than noon on April 2. If you have questions, please contact

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!



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: 

Enroll now for the Study Abroad trip to ItalyRomeFlorenceSienaSan Gimignano, and Capri for May 15-25, 2018! Participation is limited to 25 students, and remaining spaces are filling up fast, so please register now to secure your place. The link for registration is available here, as well as in the attached brochure which provides details about the trip, dates, cost, what is covered, flight information, and an itinerary with a few daily highlights. 

The cost of the trip has been reduced to $2,800 to make it as economical as possible, and all Honors students have access to a $500 scholarship from the Dean’s Office. Students who hold National Merit, Tier One, or Terry Foundation scholarships are also eligible to request up to $2,000 in scholarship funds be used for this Study Abroad program. Please contact Dr. Gish, if you have any questions (



CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Computational Cancer Biology
The Computational Cancer Biology Training Program (May 30–August 3, 2018) offers selected summer research undergraduates the chance to work one-on-one in labs with postdoctoral fellows who have mentors at the interface of two different research disciplines: one computational and one biological. 

You will be matched for a research experience in one of the participating labs of the Gulf Coast Consortia, which is comprised of multiple institutions in Houston and Galveston, Texas, according to your interests, previous knowledge and/or experience, and the availability of positions. You will work full time (~40 hours/week) during this 10-week period on an ongoing project in the lab, learn lab protocol and techniques, attend workshops (including but not limited to proper lab notebook keeping, research ethics, constructing effective abstracts, scientific reports, and PowerPoint presentations), and prepare a final report and present a poster on your project at the end of the program. 

The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE)
HERE is a two-week workshop (May 14-25) intended to orient rising sophomores and juniors from all majors to the fundamentals of conducting research. UH faculty members and instructors will lead the seminars designed to uncover the complexity of understanding and grappling with big picture problems. Students will discuss academic topics, broaden their professional network, and learn how to ask the right research questions when approaching their work. HERE students receive a $1,000 fall 2018 scholarship for their involvement.

The 2018 HERE Program will examine various aspects of sustainability. These topics will contribute to a larger conversation on how the Houston metropolitan area might be transformed into a carbon neutral region and 21st Century city. The deadline for the HERE Program is Friday, March 23. Interested? Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website for more information on how to apply.

UH Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the University of Houston (SURF-UH) seeks to provide funding ($4,000) for rising UH sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate in a focused, full-time, 10-week research experience under the direction of UH faculty. This fellowship is open to students of all disciplines. Students graduating in spring and summer 2018 are not eligible for this program. The deadline for the SURF 2018 program is Friday, March 23. Interested? Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website for information on how to apply.

Vistas in Advanced Computing (VAC) Fellowship
The Center for Advanced Computing and Data Science (CACDS) is recruiting freshmen for the second offering of the Vistas in Advanced Computing (VAC) program. The purpose of the VAC program is to provide a select group of UH undergraduates with intensive and up-to-date experiences in the area of advanced computing. The program runs for eight weeks (June 11 to Aug. 10) and requires full time engagement. Perks of participating in the VAC program include: $4,000 scholarship for all admitted students, additional $500 for very successful students, training lectures covering programming languages, computer architecture and numerical methods. Applications are open until March 31!



Frontier Fiesta Association
Frontier Fiesta is a 3 day, Western-themed event at the University of Houston. We are currently accepting volunteers to help make this University of Houston’s tradition happen! We hope to have you join us on March 22–24 to help ensure we put out an unforgettable event for the community. Volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt! Sign up for shifts on Get Involved here based on your availability:

We sincerely hope to see you volunteer at Frontier Fiesta 2018, help give back to the UH community and share some Cougar Pride! Please reach out to Liz Hernandez at for more information or questions!

Wonder of Watercolor
The Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking summer undergraduate interns to promote broader participation in training in the Learning Sciences. We aim to bring students to LRDC who embody the diversity of our nation, region, and city. LRDC interns gain experience in the Learning Sciences (research on instruction and learning) by working on a project with a faculty member who specializes in this area. Interns may also work with advanced graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the faculty members' labs. Learn more about the program at Deadline April 1.