Cougar Milestones Email Header


2017 Star Award Winners

UHin4 Wins Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 2017 Star Award

At the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's annual Leadership Conference luncheon, the University of Houston's UHin4 program was announced as one of four recipients of the 2017 Star Award. The award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more goals of 60x30TX, the Texas higher education plan to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030.

Established by Provost Paula Myrick Short in 2014, UHin4 is a voluntary program that provides UH students a comprehensive plan to navigate their college experience with the goal of graduating within four years.


Badri Roysamn

Badri Roysam Named IEEE Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Badri Roysam, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the UH Cullen College of Engineering! He has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to image processing algorithms for biological microscopy. This honor represents IEEE's highest grade of membership, where less than 0.1% of voting members are selected as Fellows each year.

Roysam is the inventor of FARSIGHT, a software platform that allows researchers to quickly analyze images of human tissue collected from laser-scanning microscopes by quantifying specific molecules of interest in cells and tissue. Since then, he has taken on a variety of research projects including exploring neural devices implanted in the brain, and using software to study how human immune cells can be modified to fight against cancer.

"The IEEE has been one of the most important technical societies to me both personally and professionally," said Roysam. "The organization has introduced me to the latest developments in my field through its prestigious publications and has allowed me to connect with some of the brightest minds in my field through its meetings and conferences. To say that I am honored to be named a Fellow of such a respected organization is an understatement."

Gilman Scholarship Logo

Three UH Students Receive Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

Three UH students were selected as recipients of the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support their learning abroad experiences in spring 2018. Congratulations to the following:

  • Taleed Atieh, studying at Leipzig University in Leipzig, Germany
  • Anasofia Garcia, interning and studying at the Richmond Florence Study Center (part of the American International University in London), in Florence, Italy
  • Golbou Makvandi, studying at Swansea University in Swansea, Wales

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. The scholarship is important for students who wish to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures - skills that are critical for academic and career development. We wish Taleed, Anasofia, and Golbou the best of luck in their studies and travels next year!

Aldo Charles

Economics Student Spends Summer on Capitol Hill

Economics student Aldo Charles spent this past summer on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern for Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX, 20) from San Antonio, TX. Charles was responsible for researching and drafting memos for the Congressman and his staff on legislative priorities, and used his economics background to provide input on the possible impacts of proposed legislative items up for a vote on the House floor.

Andrea Albright

Grad Student's Wave Research Earns AGU Award

Andrea Albright, graduate student in the Cullen College of Engineering's geosensing systems engineering and sciences program, is one of six total winners chosen across to attend the 2017 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting this month in New Orleans. Albright's research focuses on which types of and how waves impact coastal erosion. She has used LiDAR (light distance and ranging), to visualize and study waves in 3D. At the meeting, Albright will present her research to a public that's never heard of this technology before using NASA's Hyperwall, a large video wall used to display multiple high-definition data visualizations and images. Read more.


Shasta in China with Dr. Northup

Shasta filled up on pancakes and sausage during Finals Mania. Thanks to all those who stopped by the Provost's table, and best of luck during finals. Please enjoy your well-deserved winter break!

Be sure to tag @uhprovost and add #travelswithshasta on Instagram, tweet @SashaProf, or email to share your experiences - in Houston or abroad - with our favorite Coog! View all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.



Paula Myrick Short, Provost | 832.842.0550 |

This is an official message sent by the University of Houston. To verify the validity of this message, visit or email