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The Office of Undergraduate Research

About Us:

The Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Houston organizes, facilitates, and enhances opportunities for students interested in conducting undergraduate research. Although housed in the Honors College, the office serves undergraduates from all colleges and disciplines at the University. For more details about The Office of Undergraduate Research, visit our home page.

Exciting Research Activities:

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program - full-time summer research program

  • Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) program - part-time semester research program

  • Senior Honor Thesis program

  • Nationally Competitive Scholarships

  • Undergraduate Research Day

Why Research?

  • Work DIRECTLY with faculty members

  • Cultivates both LEADERSHIP and TEAMWORK skills

  • PREPARES students for life after college

  • Make an ORIGINAL contribution to the scholarship in their fields

  • Encourages CREATIVITY and FLEXIBILITY in thought

  • ENHANCES critical thinking

Funding Opportunities:

PURS Award: $1000 per student (naming opportunity)

SURF Award: $3750 per student (naming opportunity)

Undergraduate Research Day: title sponsor and general underwriting opportunities available

To make a contribution to the Honors College or for additional information, contactcontact James Hays at