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Houston Early Research Experience (HERE)

May 2018 Research Seminar: "Sustaining Our City—Houston in the 21st Century"

The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) is a two-week workshop in May intended to orient rising sophomore and junior undergraduates to the fundamentals of conducting research. UH faculty members and instructors will lead the seminars. HERE will 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. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HERE students receive a $1K scholarship for their involvement, and an invitation to join the Houston Scholars program in the fall semester. A selected group of HERE students will also present at a Grand Challenges Forum lecture to over 150 students, faculty and staff throughout the campus community.

2018 HERE Program Description
For the 2018 program, students will examine various aspects of sustainability, such as urban planning, the environment, government regulation, energy, the local economy, community relations and outreach, and digital storytelling. 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. 

Presentening at the Grand Challenges Forum in August 2018
Biochar in Urban Buildings (Burleson Group 2)
Revealing Carbon (Ehlers Group 2)
Campus Recycling Incentivization (Farmer Group 2)
Making Oil Refineries Carbon Free (Felvégi Group 1)  

2019 Houston Early Research Experience: "Flooding and Storms in Houston" 

Eligibility for Candidates
Have at least four semesters remaining at UH after summer 2019 (This means you should not graduate before Spring 2021)
Have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
All majors are eligible
Note: Current members of the Houston Scholars program are not eligible to participate

HERE Seminar Activities
Faculty and community leader lectures and discussions
Read and discuss academic articles with seminar leaders
Conduct faculty-guided research 
Go on field trips throughout Houston
Deliver a research presentation 

HERE 2019 Application Deadline: March 22, 2019
*Application will be available in January 2019

For More Information
Dr. Karen Weber, 
Adrian Castillo,