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NSM Student Leadership

The "faces" of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, our student leaders represent NSM in partnership with the Dean's Office to encourage undergraduate student involvement in the various aspects of college administrative life. Promoting an interdependent and unified culture among NSM undergraduates, our leaders hold positions across the following three organizations:

NSM Leadership Board

A small group of selected members, the Leadership Board represents the NSM undergraduate student body as a focus group advisory board for college-wide student success initiatives and alumni/donor relations. Members are involved in a range of NSM programs and activities including Development events, community outreach, college recruitment, and projects that benefit from their insight and enthusiasm.

Within one year of activity, Board members are expected to serve 30 hours per semester participating in college student success initiatives that include the following:

  • Organizational meetings on alternate Monday mornings 8-9 a.m. (eight meetings each semester)
  • Focus group sessions to program and spearhead initiatives with the Dean’s Office to better promote student success at the undergraduate level
  • Development and fundraising events featuring alumni and donors
  • “NSM Block Party” – fall semester kickoff welcome event for entering NSM freshman students
  • Convocation ceremonies fall and spring semesters
  • NSMeet Open House event for admitted high school seniors and family members

NSM Ambassadors

Undergraduate recruitment officers across all six departments, the Ambassadors are strategically chosen to represent the college at a variety of events to facilitate one-on-one and group discussions with prospective students wanting to learn more about NSM. Ambassadors speak to their academic and professional experiences in order to provide insight into what a college career in NSM looks like.

Meet the Ambassadors

Within one year of activity, NSM Ambassadors commit at least 30 hours per semester to supporting recruitment initiatives that include the following:

  • Organizational meetings on alternate Wednesday mornings 8-9 a.m. (eight meetings each semester)
  • NSM Information Sessions for prospective students
  • “Day of Discovery” middle school and high school class visits to campus
  • UH Admissions recruitment events
  • Honors College Open Houses and recruitment events
  • College Fairs
  • Phone-a-thons to call prospective students and families
  • NSMeet Open House event for admitted high school seniors and family members

NSM Peer Mentors

Upperclassmen Mentors support the transition into life as a Cougar, including offering advice, responding to questions, and sharing experiences to enhance the undergraduate experience for incoming freshman and first-semester transfer students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Mentors focus on academic success, university resources, career exploration and professional development, while offering networking opportunities to their mentees.

Within one year of activity, NSM Peer Mentors can expect to commit around 30 hours per semester working to enhance the undergraduate experience and help with the transition to UH for incoming freshman and first-semester transfer students. Programs and initiatives will vary, utilizing Peer Mentors’ experience, skill sets, and input to better support mentees; Mentors can expect to do some of the following:

  • Organizational meetings on alternate Thursday mornings 8-9 a.m. (eight meetings each semester)
  • Engage in one-on-one interactions with mentees
  • Facilitate group discussions related to the first-year experience at UH
  • Form study groups
  • Lead success-oriented workshops
  • Program social events for mentees

Benefits of Student Leadership Positions

Undergraduate student leaders for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are provided numerous opportunities to develop as professionals and gain invaluable leadership experience through these programs.

  • Network with other student leaders
  • Develop presentation skills
  • Serve as a role model to prospective students
  • Reflect on personal experiences to help others find their way in NSM and UH
  • Enhance the undergraduate experience for the student body
  • Share passions for UH and NSM
  • Practice project management, critical thinking and improvisation
  • Get a glimpse into the Higher Education/Academic Affairs field with firsthand experience supporting student success initiatives behind the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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