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Coming up in The Honors College
09/19: Phone-a-Thon
09/20: Pickering & Rangel Fellowship Deadline
09/21: Grand Challenges Forum


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 2018-2019 academic year is “Lead In,” hosted by the Honors College in partnership with the UH 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: Sept. 21: Jonathan Marks Politics Professor Ursinius College; Oct. 26: Vivian Wozniak Assistant General Counsel Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Childrens Health Plan.  For more information please visit:

Join us for Phone-a-Thons! 
Join Honors Advocates for phone-a-thons. Get involved, meet fellow Honors students, recruit students to the Honors College, participate in Open Houses and enjoy FREE pizza! Phone-a-thons are held in the Honors College Refectory from 5-7 p.m. Contact Honors Advocates Coordinators at or Alice Yang at auyang@Central.UH.EDUWednesday, 9/19; Thursday, 9/27. 

Student Survey - Health Practices
This research survey's aim is to assess UH student’ attitudes towards eastern therapeutic interventions such as yoga and mindfulness in UH College Students. The survey takes about 5-7 minutes, and can be completed online:
Student identities will remain completely anonymous if they decide to participate in the survey. The survey can be taken online, on a smart phone or other electronic device. The survey addresses the following topics: 1) Demographic questions; 2) Yoga/Meditation questions
Once the survey questions have been answered, participation in the study will end. There are no foreseeable risks or benefits to students by taking this survey. This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713) 743-9204.
If there are any questions about this study, please contact the research team at Deadline: Sept. 30.

New Student Organization: Effective Altruism
Ever tried helping others and wondered if you were really making a difference? Effective Altruism Association is on a mission to use reason and evidence to figure out the best ways to do good. Learn how to have the highest possible impact with your life! Go to for more information on becoming a member.

Marketing Internship Opportunity
Erwing Realty is in search of part time Marketing Intern for a small but growing real estate firm in Rice Village. This individual will work under the guidance of the Office Manager to assist with a variety of tasks including marketing to past and future clients, office organization, event planning, and solving problems in the office as they arise on a day to day basis. The employee should have an eagerness to learn how a small company operates and how to work in a professional environment. Responsibilities include mailing out monthly marketing materials and handwriting addresses for cards, delivering gifts to clients, assisting with event planning and coordination, creating marketing materials, and running errands. Applicants must have a reliable car, good handwriting, strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently. Semi-professional attire required. Schedule is negotiable. Contact Jennifer Schragel at 832-491-6256 or send your resume to jschragel@erwingrealty.com

UH Debate Team
Join the Debate Team! Contact Professor Garner ( for more information on weekly meetings, competition dates, and program opportunities.

Honors Dodgeball Taking New Recruits!
The reigning intramural champion Honors Dodgeball Society is inviting recruits of all skill levels to compete (and win!) this semester. There are teams in the Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec brackets looking for any Honors students! Practices will begin in Sept. and tournament play will commence in Oct. Please email or follow us on Facebook at “Honors Dodgeball Society” for more information.

Friends of Haiti Organization
The Friends of Haiti Organization is a UH society in which students plan and organize year-around for a medical service trip to Haiti in late May. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a health-related research project, sustainability projects in Haiti, and acquire valuable skills required in medical clinics. On the trip, students will gain valuable insight into Haitian culture and politics as well as shadowing physicians, pharmacists, and nurses each day.

We are looking to expand our organization and will be hosting an organizational meeting on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in CV1 room N115. We will be serving free Dominoes pizza, lemonade, and other refreshments! We look forward to seeing new faces and would gladly answer any questions at the meeting or via uh.friendsofhaiti@gmail.com

PEERS - Project Engagement Encouraging Rising Students
PEERS is a community outreach program that is collaborating with the UH College of Medicine, UH College of Education, and UH STEM Center to promote community engagement, health, and mentorship to high school students in the surrounding 3rd/5th ward areas.

We are currently accepting applications for student mentors. Mentors would meet with their mentees at twice a month to collaborate on a community health project and provide guidance on college, careers, and life. We hope that this project will provide role models, encouragement, and professional development to these young men and women.

This opportunity may be especially interesting to those who are going into education, health, medicine, civil/structural/disaster relief engineering, and social work or those who are simply interested in becoming a role model and giving back to our Houston community. Applications will be due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday Sept. 21.

SGB Coffeehouse
Come and join us at our SGB Coffeehouse! We will be showcasing Honors talent in the Honors College Commons on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7-10 p.m. We will provide desserts, pastries, and of course... coffee. We've seen amazing talent such as singing, poetry, dancing, magic, and even hula hooping! If you'd like to showcase your talent, please sign up by Sunday, Sept. 31 using the following link:



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 Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program!
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

Applicants in their senior year or those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall of 2019 can apply. Candidates must be U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Pickering Fellows receive:
• Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board and other expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service
• Two summer internships
• Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer

Contact Dr. Ben Rayder for individual advising and feedback on application materials. Deadline: Sept. 20, 2018.

National Science Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award provides $46,000/year ($34,000 stipend + $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance), international research and internship opportunities, and more to support future knowledge experts with the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Attend an upcoming NSF GRFP information session and or workshop in Room 212S:
9/14 (12-1:30 p.m.): Information Session
9/21 (3-4:30 p.m.): Workshop 1
9/28 (12-1:30 p.m.) Workshop 2
10/5 (12-1:00 p.m.): Polishing Your Application Q&A

Applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben RayderDeadlines: October 22-26, 2018.