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Coming up in the Honors College

NOW: Young Invincibles, Young Advocate Program
NOW: Summer Internships at Baylor College of Medicine
06/17: NSF GRFP Workshop: The Personal Statement
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES    

Grand Challenges Forum
The New Grand Challenges Forum encourages students to think critically, discuss openly and learn unequivocally. The New Grand Challenges Forum offers students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community a time to hear a wide range of lectures dedicated to a compelling theme. Fridays from 1-2 p.m. in the Honors College Commons.

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Young Invincibles, Young Advocate Program
The Young Advocates Program is a leadership development program of Young Invincibles (YI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to amplify the voices of young adults in the political process and expand economic opportunity for our generation. YI focuses on cultivating and empowering young and courageous leaders who are advancing economic justice, changing the narratives that perpetuate systemic inequity, and championing transformative policy change to make higher education more affordable, expand healthcare access, and secure quality jobs. 

Young Advocates will come together weekly for virtual sessions, with occasional extended sessions for special workshops. In addition to regular virtual sessions, Young Advocate members will have to attend special events in person, attend one-on-one meetings with program staff virtually, and have skill-building assignments to complete between sessions that may be either in person or virtual. 

Program Start Date: September 13, 2024 
Program End Date: December 06, 2024
Learn more and APPLY HERE

Bridge Builders Houston is Hiring for the Summer!
Bridge Builders Houston is a non-profit Organization taking place summer 2024. BBH will offer a weeklong program where high school junior students will live, eat and work together in a shared experience at the University of Houston June 17 - June 21.

Open postions include: Facilitator: A Facilitator will lead and guide high school juniors through a week of learning experiences using the BBH curriculum. A Facilitator must serve as a positive role model for students. Resident Advisor: Resident Advisors will lead evening activities and monitor their assigned dorm hall during the overnight stay and AST: AST’s will set up and monitor activities led by facilitators. AST’s will take pictures of all activities and support facilitators during activities. Apply at: www.bridgebuildershouston.org.  Questions? Contact Alex Capece 361-720-2089 alexandra@bridgebuildershouston.com

Participate in the Problem Solving in Groups Study
You are invited to participate in a research study titled Problem Solving in Groups. The study takes approximately an hour and involves volunteers coming to a laboratory on campus and interacting with others via computer in an effort to earn money. The choices people make when interacting will affect earnings. The study should cause no discomfort, anxiety, or embarrassment.

Participants will be compensated. Participants who complete the study will receive on average about $18.00. To qualify you must be an undergraduate who wants to earn money. Your participation in this study will remain anonymous and no one will be able to identify your responses as coming from you.

If you want to volunteer, please go here:
https://universityofhouston.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1Jk5HbwdnjhfZY Questions? please email Scott V. Savage, svsavage@uh.edu

This project has been reviewed by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713) 743- 9204.

We Are Recruiting: No-HPV-For-Me Study
Human papillomavirus (HPV) increases the risk for six cancers in men and women. Want to protect you and your loved one from HPV? Participate in a study led by researchers at MD Anderson to promote HPV vaccination for college students. The study is open to currently enrolled college students aged 18-26 years who have not been vaccinated against HPV, and participants will be asked to view information on HPV and the vaccine, and complete online questionnaires. Participants are compensated.

Interested? Sign up HERE Feel free to email us at NoHPV4Me@mdanderson.org with any questions!

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TRAVEL & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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SCHOLARSHIP RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Structural Basis of Macromolecule Folding and Unfolding by ATP-Driven Protein Machines
We have an opening for two Summer Interns to pursue their independent research in the Tsai group at Baylor College of Medicine. These are paid, full-time positions for raising sophomores and above to gain research experience. Our summer internships last 10 weeks, and students may continue working on their project during the semester for course credit. Enthusiasm for experimental research, a dedication to complete their project, and a willingness to learn are essential. No research experience is required, but skills commonly used in a biochemistry lab are an advantage.

A current focus of the Tsai team is to understand how molecular chaperones and related stress-response proteins maintain protein homeostasis. We use biochemistry, chemical biology, protein engineering, and structural analysis techniques to pursue mechanistic studies at the single-molecule level. In addition, we work with bacteria and yeast, which serve as valuable model organisms. Students maintain a notebook and read the scientific literature, assist with and write their own manuscripts, attend research seminars, and present their work in oral or poster form. A strong work ethic, including the ability to prioritize tasks, use good judgment, and complete duties, is essential.

The Tsai team is dedicated to fostering and cultivating an inclusive learning environment to support trainees in reaching their full potential. We occupy newly renovated research space on the main campus of Baylor College of Medicine at the heart of the Texas Medical Center. To apply, please send a cover letter, a transcript, and a current resume listing any previous lab or research experience to Dr. Francis Tsai, Professor of Biochemistry (Email: ftsai@bcm.edu).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Workshops
Are you a junior or senior wanting to go to grad school in STEM or the social sciences or currently in the first or second year of graduate study? Join OURMA's virtual workshopsin June and learn about how to apply to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

The NSF GRFP provides funding for the first three years of a graduate program as well as international research and internship opportunities. Workshops will be held on June 17 and June 24, 2024 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. REGISTER HERE