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Coming up in The Honors College
Now-11/21: Apply to be an Honors Mentor!
Nov.29: PURS Spring 2018 Deadline 


U.S. History students’ Great Migration Creative Projects Exhibition 
Open to everyone. Nov. 27, 4-6 p.m. in the Honors Commons. Refreshments will be served. 

“Genocides and Human Rights” students, Letter-Writing Night Event
Open to everyone. Nov. 29, 4-7 p.m. in the Honors Commons. Refreshments will be served.

Apply to be an Honors Mentor!
Applications are now open for the 2018 Mentors. Mentors are the first retreat counselors selected, and hep incoming students transition to college life and learn about the many opportunities available to them. Mentors will be trained throughout the Spring 2018 semester and serve as Mentors during the fall 2018 semester. Apply online by November 21, 2017!

Campus Kitchen UH
The Campus Kitchen at UH needs your support! As part of the Bonner Leaders Program, we directly serve the residents at New Hope Housing, a nonprofit organization focused on providing affordable housing for Houstonians in the Third Ward. You can read more about us here. Please spread the word. Every action and thought makes a huge impact! Go Hunger Fighters! Go Coogs!

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!

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 Boren Awards!
The Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. strategic interests and under-represented in study abroad. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Depending on the award and duration of their time abroad, Boren grantees are eligible to receive between $10,000 and $30,000 worth of funding. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens and be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting program at the time of application. 

Current and potential applicants for the Boren Awards can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder (Scholarship) in the Office of Undergraduate Research or Dr. Richard Armstrong (Fellowship), Coordinator of International Programs. Campus Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program
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. For more information, click here. The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2018.



PURS Spring 2018--Deadline Nov. 29, 2017
The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting applications for the Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) program for spring 2018. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 29. The PURS is a part-time, mentored research opportunity, which awards a $1,000 scholarship for the spring 2018 semester. All full-time juniors and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA, who have not previously participated in the PURS program, are eligible to apply. Visit the PURS website.

Mellon Research Scholars Program
Are you a junior interested in attending graduate school in the humanities? If so, consider applying to the Mellon Research Scholars Program. Would you like more information? Great! We are hosting a Mellon informational session on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Honors College’s Estess Library. The Mellon Research Scholars Program provides scholarships for humanities students to conduct research and prepare for applying to graduate school. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Dec. 11. Click here for more info. Questions? Contact Dr. Karen Weber at

UH Bounce Program
The UH College of Education is seeking spring, summer, and fall interns for the BOUNCE Healthy Lifestyle Program. The mission of the BOUNCE program is to empower Hispanic and African American boys and girls and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle through exercise and healthy food choices. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence, the ideal candidate is bilingual in English and Spanish, has experience working with children and families, is a team player and can work in a fast-paced environment. Click here for more information on how to apply. Deadline Dec. 15.

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.

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. 

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Externship Opportunity
MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a summer 10-week summer externship in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Students will participate in rotations where they will be exposed to common clinical situations found in animal cancer models employed in biomedical research. Interested students should submit a resume and letter of interest to Stacy LeBlanc ( no later than Feb. 1, 2018. Eligible students have completed their sophomore year or higher, and have an interest in applying to veterinary, medical, or other allied health professions school. Click here for more information.

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Science Park, Summer Program in Cancer Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center Science Park is seeking interns for the 10-week Summer Program in Cancer Research. Interns will receive a stipend for conducting hypothesis-driven research, participating in a weekly lunch lecture series, and tours of the MD Anderson Houston and Bastrop campuses. Research areas include molecular mechanisms of cancer, DNA damage and repair, and cancer epigenetics. Eligible students are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have completed at least one year of college-level courses, and have not yet received a bachelor’s degree prior to the start of the program. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 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.