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Coming up in the Honors College

02/02: Pathways to Equity Series: Michael Crook and Carlie Pierre
02/02: Co-Curricular Programs Fair
02/03: Getting Started in Research Webinar - Virtual
02/13: Israel Learning Abroad Trip May 2023 - Register!
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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 CEMO Hall. 

Friday, March 3, 2023
Dr. Paul Carrese, Founding Director and Professor
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, ASU

Friday, March 24, 2023
Dr. Clifford Orwin, Professor of Political Science, Classics, and Jewish Studies
Fellow of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto
 
Friday, March 31, 2023
Dr. Michelle Zerba, Professor of Rhetoric and Classical Studies
Departments of English and Classics, LSU
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UH Day at the Capitol
A large contingent of UH Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni will be traveling to Austin for UH Day at the Capital to speak with our legislators about all of the exciting things happening at the University of Houston and asking for their support.  The Honors College will be sending a contingent, headed by Associate Dean Jonathan Williamson, to participate in the event.  If you are interested in traveling with Dr. Williamson and representing the Honors College and the University of Houston in our state capital, email Dr. Williamson at jlwilliamson4@uh.edu by January 30.  He will provide you information about how to register. See more about what UH Day at the Capitol entails, check out the following video.

Pathways to Equity and the Dynamics of Change Series
The series reflects a number of ways that we, both as a university and community, are striving to address racial and ethnic equity in higher education, criminal justice, health, and the environment.

Michael Crook and Carlie Pierre
Thursday, February 2, 2023
“Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education”
The Honors College Commons, M.D. Anderson Library 
1-2 p.m.
Lunch will precede and follow the event. RSVP to join the conversation HERE

Co-Curricular Programs Fair
Join us for the Co-Curricular Programs Fair on Thursday February 2, from 4-6 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion. Stop by and learn more about ways to get involved in experiential learning that complements your major and goals. This fair is open to students of all majors, so feel free to bring a friend!You can learn more about the programs that will be represented at the fair by following our Instagram account (@uh_hcce).

Getting Started in Research Webinar - Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m. 
Learn the ins and outs of preparing for and applying to undergraduate research programs offered by the UH Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Webinar will take place virtually on Teams and will be presented by Debbie Reyes of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Register here

Moving Forward: Challenging Racism Conference
Join local and national leaders to discuss critical issues of hate speech, racism,and bigotry facing our ethnic and religious communities. Take an active role in developing meaningful solutions to create a more tolerant society. Topics will include immigration, discovering our common values, and turning adversity into advantage. Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew F. Delmont, author of Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad
In-person at Holocaust Museum Houston 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004 on February 25, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. This conference is free to attend, but registration is required. 

Writing for Change Event
Does something about the world get you angry or worked up? Join students from across campus on February 28 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Honors College Commons (212 M.D. Anderson Library) for a stop-by letter writing campaign event. Sample letters will be provided for a selection of issues which students can sign onto and send to their local and state representatives, or you can write your own letter to send about an issue you care about! Email Trinity Rayder at: tarinear@uh.edu for more info.

Present at UH Undergraduate Research Day 2023!
Have you conducted independent research or participated in a faculty-mentored project? Show off your work by presenting at Undergraduate Research Day! To learn more about poster submission guidelines and event details, go to: uh.edu/urdaySubmission Deadline: March 1, 2023. Event Date: April 13, 2023

2023 Retreat Counselor Application
Do you want to go back to Camp Allen and ensure a successful Honors Retreat by welcoming the incoming Honors students? Apply to be a 2023 Honors Retreat Counselor! Retreat counselors head up small groups, encourage participation in activities, offer insight at workshops, and generally make the new students feel a part of The Honors College! Questions? Please contact Mabel Garcia - Herrera at mgarcia120@uh.eduApplication deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m. Use this link to apply! https://bit.ly/2023RetreatCounselorApplication

ACES is hiring AP tutors for HISD High Schools
Advancing Community Engagement and Service (ACES) Institute is hiring Advanced Placement Academic Impact Cougar Tutors for high schools in Houston Independent School District (HISD) in Spring 2023. We welcome students of all majors and the pay is at $30/hr.

For more information about the opportunity or application, please go to:  https://coeuh.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3dPccJQ4RReYNZc

LAUNCH is hiring tutors of all majors
LAUNCH is hiring tutors of all majors for spring 2023. Come join our team of talented, friendly tutors, who tutor a variety of subjects. The hours are flexible and the pay starts at 10 dollars per hour. https://uh.edu/ussc/launch/want-to-be-a-tutor/ is the website to apply, or you can type "LAUNCH" into www.uh.edu. If you have any questions please email Laura Heidel, Ph.D. at lheidel@uh.edu. I hope to hear from you soon!

Research Study Opportunity for African American Students
Seeking research participants for a study on African American family, school, and community influences in decisions about going to college. Participants will take part in two interviews.Looking for African American students who are 18 or older, are a first-year students at the University of Houston, and graduated from high school in 2021 or 2022. Participants will receive $15 gift card. Complete the eligibility form at: https://coeuh.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2orTTCKLCHINjp4Contact researcher, Teranda Donatto, at tjdonatt@cougarnet.uh.edu for any questions. This research study has been approved by the University of Houston Institutional Review Board 713-743-9204.

STEM Tutors Needed
Kscholastic is looking to hire in-person STEM tutors for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Pay starts at $30/hour. Tutors must have a vehicle, be available at least 3 days a week Sunday through Thursday after school, and be able to tutor through May 2023. We are looking for committed, passionate tutors who can teach middle and high school STEM subjects, particularly biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, and calculus.

If interested in this position, please send a brief statement of interest and a current resume to karla@kscholastic.com___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

TRAVEL & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Service in the Dominican Republic
This unique eight-day service trip will be all about cultural immersion and doing good work! During our time in-country, we will stay in the community, eat traditional local food, take part in cultural celebrations, play sports, and build friendships with the community members all while working to build a multi-use athletic court from start to finish. This is a collaborative effort with local community members, UH students, and Courts for Kids, a not-for-profit organization that serves communities with an expressed need in 30 countries worldwide.  Travel Dates: May 15 – 23, 2023 Cost: $2500 (ALL INCLUDED!) Scholarships available!! Contact Keri Myrick for more info: kdmyric2@central.uh.edu

Health & Human Rights: Service Learning Program in Jordan
Join the Honors College in traveling to Jordan to see how humanitarian aid workers are addressing the various refugee-related crises in the MENA region. This unique service-abroad opportunity will immerse students in the purpose, mission, and workings of a locally operated humanitarian healthcare agency—the Jordan Health Aid Society international (JHASi)—aiding Syrian refugees in Za'atari Camp. Project themes include Family Planning and Nutrition; Climate Change, Water Scarcity, and Health; Refugees and Mental Health; and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

New for 2023, students will also have the opportunity to work in a local NGO that provides legal assistance to refugees from various backgrounds. Through this two-pronged approach, students will gain a better understanding of the challenges to providing long-term refugee care in a middle-income country. Students will commit to six weeks of service at their assigned NGO and complete a creative project in-country.

Travel Dates: May 19 – July 4, 2023.  The application for this program is now open! Learn more and apply early at: https://web.honors.uh.edu/machform/view.php?id=208469Please contact Keri Myrick for more info: kdmyric2@central.uh.edu

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship
The U.S. Department of State is seeking to attract talented individuals pursuing an IT related degree and who are interested in a career in Foreign Service for its Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds.

Fellows will receive up to $43,500 annually (for two years) in academic funding for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study OR for a two-year master’s degree program in an IT-related field. Additionally, successful applicants will receive stipends for two summer internship opportunities: a domestic internship in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Department of State; and an international internship at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Interested students can email Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: February 3, 2023

Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes  are three to four week programmes for US undergraduate students, who have no or very little travel experience outside North America. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Application Deadline: February 7, 2023. For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.

Israel Learning Abroad Trip May 2023
Few places are as important to world history as Israel, central to three great religions, full of panoramic beauty, and the site of a bustling and fascinating culture. On this trip, we will explore Israel’s ancient history as well as its lively contemporary existence. This trip will be led by David Mikics and CArol Cooper. Open to all, not just Honors students. Register HERE by February 13. The deposit of $500 will be taken in February, there will be two more payments in March and April. Apply to the Lerner Scholarship as soon as registering (deadline Feb. 1) Travel Dates are: May 14 – 26, 2023. Email David Mikics at dmikics@uh.edu for more information. 

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program
The Rangel Summer Enrichment Program for 2023 is accepting applications through February 15, 2023.  This six-week  program is designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need.  Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application. For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.

Korean Intensive Summer Language Program
To help meet the growing demand for Korean language programming overseas, American Councils is pleased to provide the Korean Intensive Summer Language Program (KISLP) hosted by Chungbuk National University (CBNU) in Cheongju, South Korea. Open to all U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year of Korean language study or the equivalent, the program provides approximately 140 hours of classroom instruction in Korean language and culture, housing in university dormitories on the CBNU campus, comprehensive onsite support from a U.S. Resident Director, engaging and varied cultural activities, and extensive opportunities for participants to connect with local South Korean families and peers. 

Applicants who contribute to the diversity of the KISLP learning community as members of an underrepresented group or as first-generation university students will receive priority in fellowship awards. All KISLP applicants selected for fellowships will receive a minimum of $5,000 with the potential for full funding to be awarded to exceptional applicants demonstrating additional financial need. Application deadline is Feburary 15, 2023. For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.

Tillman Scholars Fellowship
The Pat Tillman Foundation identifies remarkable military service members, veterans and spouses, empowering them with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers. Application Deadline: February 28, 2023. For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.
VAW Global Health Alliances Medical Outreach Program Summer 2023 Medical Internship!VAW Global Medical Interns work closely with community partners to implement primary medical clinics across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through the Medical Outreach program, interns learn about healthcare in a global context and disease diagnosis, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning about basic pharmacology — all under the direct supervision of experienced local physicians and staff.You will also have free time to travel in the host country, experience a new culture and build amazing relationships. This program is open to ALL and there are leadership positions available! More Information can be found on our web page www.vawglobal.org.If you are interested or need an application please feel free to reach out to us at houston.med@vawgha.org or send us a DM on Instagram @uh_vaw_medical.

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SCHOLARSHIP RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES   

Featured Research Opportunities for UH Students
Looking for a research experience? Check out the new Featured Research Opportunities resource on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards website. This web page contains updated information on upcoming research programs and deadlines. http://www.uh.edu/honors/undergraduate-research/research-resources/featured-research-opps/ For more information, contact Ben Rayder at btrayder@uh.edu.

Apply to the 2023 Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) Program
Are you a freshman or sophomore interested in getting started in research?  The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) program is a two-week workshop that introduces you to the fundamentals of conducting research. Students from all majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to apply. This year’s theme is Food Systems: Culture, Security & Sustainability in Houston. Selected students receive a $1,000 scholarship for their full-time participation this spring May 15-26, 2023. 

Learn more and apply to HERE by Friday, March 10, 2023!  Contact Livia Garza at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards at llgarza9@uh.edu with any questions.

Apply to the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
SURF is a full-time research program that allows you to work with a UH faculty mentor to complete a research project over 10 weeks (May 30 – August 4, 2023). Selected students are awarded $4,000 and participate in a weekly lecture series. Students present their research at Undergraduate Research Day 2024. 

Learn more about SURF and apply by Friday, March 10, 2023! Contact Debbie Reyes at dreyes20@central.uh.edu with any questions. 

Recruiting Student Research Assistant Volunteers at the GENESIS Lab!
The Genesis lab is looking for bright, motivated, and hardworking undergraduate students to work on a research project on behavioral, physiological, epigenetic, and neural mechanisms of the effects of early-life stress (ELS) in rodent models This position will entail a commitment of 10 hours per week of in-person work (weekends are possible), with a commitment of at least one semester. The research assistant’s duties will primarily involve two sets of tasks:

A. Molecular: · preparation of bio samples for hormonal analysis · DNA extraction

B. Behavioral: · performing maternal separation procedure in mice pups · testing mice in a radial maze and social defeat tests

An ideal candidate should be able to perform both types of tasks, but those who are able to perform with excellence at least one will also be considered. This position is unpaid but will result in support such as letters of recommendation, mentoring, practicing presentation skills, participating in teambased research, and application feedback for jobs or graduate school.

If interested, please email the GENES:IS Lab at genesis@times.uh.edu with the subject "GENES:IS Volunteer ELS" include the following in your email:

(1) CV include the following in your email: (2) Name and UH email (3) Year in school at UH (4) Previous research experience (no experience required, but please describe if you have any, especially related to the above-mentioned tasks) (5) Overall GPA and Biology GPA (6) Reason for interest in this position (3-5 sentences) (7) Availability (number of hours/week and which days/times during spring semester).

For more information about the lab please visit https://www.uh.edu/class/psychology/genesis/