Rikki Bettinger - University of Houston
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Rikki Bettinger

Rikki Bettinger

Honors College Staff
Associate Director, 
Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

Email: rrbettin@central.uh.edu

As the associate director for the Mellon Research Scholars Program, Bettinger works directly with the Mellon Scholars as they conduct individual research projects in the humanities and apply to competitive graduate programs. In OURMA, she supports students pursuing undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences; she also coordinates the Senior Honors Thesis program and the Houston Early Research Experience. Bettinger received her doctorate in Latin American History from the University of Houston in 2018. She specializes in 19th century transnational Latin American and Caribbean women’s histories with an emphasis on travel writings in the Americas. She earned a master’s degree in history from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree in history, secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Bettinger taught high school history in San Antonio.