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2018-19 Houston Scholars Program at the University of Houston

The Houston Scholars is a competitive program for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores to receive mentorship and scholarship funding to pursue research, internships, and other distinctive experiential learning opportunities. Through targeted programming, participants will benefit from:

  • Honing their academic and professional skills.
  • Developing connections with faculty.
  • Engaging in scholarly endeavors.
  • Preparing for applying to nationally competitive scholarships and top graduate school programs.

In addition to these benefits and participating in a motivated cohort of high-achieving students, Houston Scholars are well-positioned to take advantage of other Office of Undergraduate Research programs, such as the Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, which are supported with $1,000 and $4,000 scholarships, respectively.

Beginning in fall 2018, participants will earn a $500 scholarship that can be renewed for spring 2019, if they meet the following criteria:

Fall 2018

  • Attend five Grand Challenges Forum (GCF) lectures and submit a reflection for each lecture.
  • Attend two Houston Scholars seminar series lectures and submit a reflection for each seminar.

Spring 2019

  • Attend five Grand Challenges Forum (GCF) lectures and submit a reflection for each lecture.
  • Attend two Houston Scholars seminar series lectures and submit a reflection for each seminar.
  • Participate in a one-day debate workshop, which will take place one week before the spring 2019 semester begins.
  • Enroll in the course Mapping Success about making effective decisions while at UH for both your academic and professional future.

Note: Students who have a class conflict with the GCF lectures can attend an alternative academic lecture/presentation on campus and submit a reflection for this instead.

During the course of the academic year 2018-2019, Houston Scholars will have the opportunity to engage with a current events topic through research, seminar series lectures, and debate activities. This year's theme is Flooding: Houston's Great Challenge for the 21st Century. At the end of the spring semester, students will participate in a competitive debate that will be scored by faculty and invited guests. The winners not only claim bragging rights, but also a prize!

Questions? For additional information about the Houston Scholars, please contact Dr. Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research.