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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Events and opportunities appearing in the NSM Undergraduate Update will be listed on this page. New listings are added regularly.

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NSM’s Scholar Enrichment Program (SEP) offers free Walk-In Tutoring to UH students enrolled in the science and mathematics courses listed on the Scholar Enrichment Program Walk-In Tutor Schedule. Tutoring is available for chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, physics, college algebra, pre-calculus and calculus.

Walk-in tutoring is provided in a relaxed atmosphere in a supportive environment by peer tutors.

Schedule and Courses with Tutoring:

Location: SEP Tutoring Center, Suite 56, Room 52A, M.D. Anderson Library (Bldg 509)

How to Get There: Enter the library through the back entrance (across from the Student Center), go down the stairs, and then follow the signs to the SEP area.

Questions: Contact

Don’t be scared; get prepared! Plan your spring schedule with drop-in NSM Advising. No appointment necessary.

Date/Time: Wed, Oct 30, Noon–5 pm

Location: Fleming 115


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Taking place during the summer, CLS is part of a U.S. State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Languages Offered:

  • Open to students at all levels, including beginners: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish and Urdu
  • One year prior study required: Arabic, Korean, Persian, Portuguese and Russian
  • Two years prior study required: Chinese and Japanese

Who can apply?

Students across all disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in an accredited degree-granting program at the time of application and completed one year of academic study by the beginning of the scholarship.

What’s in it for me?

  • 8–10 weeks of intensive language instruction at an overseas institute, fully paid
  • Structured cultural enrichment experiences
  • Academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College

Next Steps?

Current and potential applicants for CLS can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder, UH Office of Undergraduate Research, or Dr. Richard Armstrong, Coordinator of International Programs.

Attend an Application Material Workshop:

  • Fri, Oct 11, 3–4 pm, Language Commons, Agnes Arnold, Room 215
  • Fri, Oct 18, 3–4 pm, Language Commons, Agnes Arnold, Room 215

Application Deadline: Sat, Nov 19

How will future astronauts survive on distant planets? NASA is developing a variety of autonomous robots to build the infrastructure before humans even get there.

The Space Robotics Challenge, presented by BHP, focuses on virtually designing autonomous robotic operations to expand existing dexterous capabilities. Challenge participants will compete for a prize pool of up to $1 million, and winners will receive funding to continue research and discovery.

Registration for the Space Robotics Challenge is open. The qualifications rounds begin in March 2020 and last through October 2020.

More Information and Proposal Submission:

  • Informational Webinar: Wed, Oct 16, 10–11 am
  • Proposals Due: Fri, Dec 20 by 5 pm

Calling all undergraduate students who would like to gain hands-on, real-world engineering design experience while also contributing to NASA missions! Micro-g NExT, or Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams, challenges undergraduate students to design and build prototype mission hardware, like spacewalk tools, and test the prototypes in the simulated microgravity environment of NASA’s 6.2 million gallon indoor pool at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston, where astronauts train for spacewalks.

2020 Challenge Snapshot

The 2020 Micro-g NExT challenges focus on aspects of the Artemis program.

  • Challenge 1: Orion Crew Safety – Surface Autonomous Vehicle for Emergency Rescue (SAVER)
  • Challenge 2: Lunar Surface Operations – Dust Tolerant Pivot Mechanism
  • Challenge 3: Lunar Surface Operations – Dust Tolerant Loose Sample Device
  • Challenge 4: Lunar Surface Operations – Initial Sample Collection Device
  • Challenge 5: Lunar Surface Operations – Lunar Sample Coring Device

More Information:

Proposal Deadline: Thur, Oct 31

The UH Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting applications for the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) program for Spring 2020. 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. The PURS is a part-time, faculty-mentored research opportunity which awards a $1,000 scholarship for the Spring 2020 semester.

More Information and Application Process

Questions? Contact Brittni MacLeod, UH Office of Undergraduate Research,

Applications Due: Mon, Nov 4

NASA internships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Opportunities exist at multiple NASA Centers nationwide. One application can be viewed agency wide.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), full-time students

More Information:

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2020: Tue, Nov 5
  • Summer 2020: March 8


In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, attend this panel discussion on experiences and strategies for overcoming the barriers underrepresented minorities face in pursuing higher education in science. Panelists will include NSM, Technology and Engineering faculty, as well as UH and BCM graduate students. Panelists will share their own successes and struggles and will answer audience questions to participate in a greater conversation about ethnic barriers surrounding STEM careers.

Delicious Mexican food will be provided.

Date/Time: Mon, Oct 14, 6–7:30 pm

Location: Social Work, Room 102

Hear a panel of six astronauts and cosmonauts discuss their experiences in space during the XXXII Planetary Congress Community Day at UH.

Date/Time/Location: Wed, Oct 16, 1–2:30 pm, Student Center Houston Room

Open Mic Night is an opportunity for NSM undergrads to showcase their talents! If you would like to share your talents or watch the show, please sign up using the link below. All talents welcome! You are welcome to bring your friends.

Date/Time: Thur, Oct 17, 7–9 pm

Location: Legacy Lounge, Student Center South