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Coming up in The Honors College
02/22: Deadline for Retreat Counselor and Orientation Adviser Applications
02/22: 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 UHAlumni Association and the C. T. Bauer College of Business. The GCF is open to the entire UHCommunity. All lectures are held on Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in CEMO Hall 100D. Coming up: Feb. 22: POWERFUL VOICES: Hanneke Faber, President Europe, Unilever; March 1: Women in STEM: Discussion panel with Dr. Rita Sirrieh. For more information please visit:

Health-related Experiential Learning Opportunity
Assist with weekly food distributions at two Houston Community College campuses. Students must commit to a minimum of three hours on the days and times listed below. Participation does not need to occur both Wednesday and Friday but a consistent commitment is required. 

Wednesdays include: Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 6, 
March 27, April 10, May 1, May 15 
Location: HCC – Northline Campus
Building E First Foyer
8001 Fulton Street Houston, TX 77022
Total time 9-2 p.m.
*Setting up starts at 9 a.m.
*Distribution 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
*Breakdown and clean up 1-2 p.m.

Fridays inlcude: Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 26, May 10    
Location: HCC – Central Campus
San Jacinto Building, Room 112
1309 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004
Total time: 1-6 p.m.
*Setting up 1-2 p.m.
*Distribution 2-5 p.m.
*Breakdown and clean up 5-6 p.m.

If interested, send an email to Dr. Hernandez, subject: Assistance with HCC Food Distribution 

Apply to be a 2019 Retreat Counselor and/or Orientation Adviser!
Apply online to advise students at summer Orientations and/or be a Retreat Counselor at the 2019 Honors Retreat, which is August 15-16 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Students who serve as an Orientation Advisor at four Orientation sessions will be able to attend Honors Retreat for free!

Apply at:
The deadline to apply is Feb. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please contact Dr. Sirrieh ( with any questions.

Honors Peer Assistant Opportunity
Honors is looking for Peer Assistants to help with summer orientations and advising conferences for incoming students.

If you would like to be considered for this summer student employment opportunity, please complete the online application at by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Applicants must be available to work throughout the summer. Selected candidates may be offered to continue employment into the fall 2019 semester (and beyond!). Competitive applicants will be in good academic standing, have great communication and interpersonal skills, and be organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented. Please feel free to contact Dr. Larry Lyke ( with questions. 

Cancer Research Education Program at UH and Baylor College of Medicine
Cancer affects all ethnic populations in the United States. But certain groups have disproportionate risk of incidence or death from cancer compared with other groups.

Are you interested in Cancer Health Disparity Research?
Would you like to participate in a Cancer Drug Discovery/ Development Laboratory Research to tackle cancers with disparity?
Would you like to learn about various Career Opportunities in Cancer Research and cancer health disparity research?

Please write a brief description of your interest in any of the above areas (indicate all that are applicable) and send it with your CV to Ms. Rontavia Sanders at This opportunity is a joint program sponsored by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy-Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Deadline: March 22, 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: 

Full Scholarship for Study in Russia - Summer 2019
Scholarships to cover entire program fee for four-week program in Russia, summer 2019. Courses on Russian history, art, film, literature, and US-Russian relations (in English). Optional Russian language courses available. Prior knowledge of Russian not required. 

1. Russian Area Studies in St. Petersburg: June 17-June 15, 2019 (4 weeks) or July 15-August 11, 2019 (4 weeks)

2. International Relations in Moscow: May 20-June 17, 2019 (4 weeks)

Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Current sophomore or junior
At least one blog post about experience

To Apply:
Submit by Feb. 20:
1. Unofficial transcript
2. Essay describing how this opportunity aligns with your academic and career goals. (350 words)
3. Essay describing why are you excited to spend the summer in Russia and how you plan to respond to some of the challenges you might face. (350 words). Submit all materials to by Feb. 20, 2019.

Emgage USA Emerging Leaders Program
As an intiative of Emgage USA, the Emerging Leaders Program includes an all-expenses paid leadership development workshop series for selected participants in Houston, Austin, and Washington D.C. (an international trip to South Africa is being discussed which would entail participants to be responsible for their own travel arrangements). Participants attend issue-focused seminars, constructive workshops and community engagement activities throughout the duration of the program. The workshops will be conducted on weekends in March, April, and June. Anyone who is Muslim and 18-29 years of age is encouraged to apply. Interested students can apply using the following link: deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

Study Away - Virginia (March 2019)
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Dustin Gish, Dr. Jeremy Bailey, Dr. Douglas Erwing

Travel to Virginia to examine the foundations of the early American Republic. Students will visit and discuss Madison's Montpelier, Jefferson's Monticello, Monroe's Highland, and the University of Virginia Rotunda. With on-site guided walks with Honors faculty and local scholars, students learn about the political history of the American founding and the complex lives of these American statesmen, their families, and the enslaved communities associated with their residences. 

Participation on this trip is limited to 18 students. Program cost is $850, which includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, site entrances, and four meals. Program cost is subsidized by a $300 Dean’s scholarship from the Honors College. Additional funding is available for students with financial need. Contact Dr. Gish ( for more information and to register for the trip.

Study Abroad - Barcelona (May 2019)
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Dustin Gish

Honors Study Abroad cultural trip to Barcelona, including on-site study and discussion of important historical and cultural sites—from antiquity to our own times; visits to major museums, churches, and galleries; in-depth urban explorations of the city of Barcelona, and excursions to Montserrat and the Costa Brava. Learn about and experience first-hand the history, cuisine, art and modernista architecture of Catalan culture. Discover renowned works of art and places associated with the intellectual, cultural, and artistic heritage of ancient, medieval, and modern Mediterranean civilizations. 

Program cost is $3,500. UH Honors students receive a $500 Dean’s Study Abroad Scholarship, and additional financial aid scholarships are also available. Participation on this trip is limited to 25 students. Contact Dr. Gish ( for more information. Or register directly through the following link:

Study Away -Pittsburgh Trip (May 2019)
There are a small number of spaces available on the Pittsburgh study away trip for students not enrolled in the associated Artists & Their Regions class. The trip takes place from May 14-19. The cost is $600 for round-trip flight, room, and board. Additional needs-based funding may be available.

Join the Creative Work program in the Steel City! We will explore a wide range of creative activity that encapsulates the profound transformation of Pittsburgh from an industrial mecca to a city that honors yet transcends its historical roots. Please contact Dr. Lamson ( or Prof. Cremins ( for more information.

Study Abroad: Greece - From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire (May 2019)
The purpose of this trip is to immerse you in the physical and intellectual heritage of ancient Greece and the imperial Byzantine civilization that succeeded it. Students will travel throughout Greece, visiting important museums, archaeological sites, and other significant destinations and will explore a number of sites throughout the country, from Crete and the Cycladic islands to the major sites of the Peloponnese and central Greece.  We will consider the rich and complex relationships between the modern world (including modern Greece) and the ancient Greek past. Various excursions and events—including visits to vineyards, mountain hikes, and Greek dancing lessons, and more—will round out our experience in the cradle of Western civilization.

The trip runs from May 20–June 13, 2019, and carries up to 6 credit hours.
For more info contact Michael Barnes(mhbarnes@uh.edu



University of Houston Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the University of Houston (SURF-UH) provides 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 academic disciplines. Students graduating in spring and summer 2019 are not eligible for this program.

The deadline for the SURF 2019 program is Friday, March 22. 
For more information contact Dr. Asmussen at

Featured Research Opportunities for UH Students
Looking for a research experience? Check out the new Featured Research Opportunities resource on the Office of Undergraduate Research website. This webpage contains updated information on upcoming research programs and deadlines. For more information contact Dr. Asmussen at