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Coming up in the Honors College

03/31: Fulbright Launch Event
03/31: Grand Challenges Forum: Dr. Michelle Zerba
04/01: Frameworks Symposium

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 31, 2023
"Homer's Odyssey, or The Art of Stretching Without Breaking" Dr. Michelle Zerba, Professor of Rhetoric and Classical StudiesDepartments of English and Classics, LSU


The Justice Challenge
The Honors College at the University of Houston is part of consortium of honors programs and colleges across the nation that have created the Grand Challenge Scholars Academy (GCSA).  GCSA has created The Justice Challenge, an innovative approach to develop the future workforce in the fields of food, agriculture, natural, and human sciences (FANH) by leveraging the nimble and innovative framework of honors education.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Honors students interested in participating in this year’s Justice Challenge, which will focus on Food Justice, should look HERE for additional details on the program and how to apply.  The application deadline has been extended until all spots are filled.  In addition, participating honors students at the University of Houston will register during the Fall 2023 semester for HON 3397: Food Justice Colloquium (Williamson). Questions about The Justice Challenge or the associated course should go to Associate Dean Jonathan Williamson at

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.

RSVP to join the conversation HERE

RED Labs and RED Launch Summer Accelerator Programs
RED Labs and RED Launch are 12 week Summer Accelerator Programs programs designed to help teams of UH students, faculty and recent alumni who have a startup or small business. The teams spend the summer attending curriculum sessions, getting advice from founders and community mentors, and working on their business. The programs then culminates with the Bayou Startup Showcase, a demo day where RED Labs and RED Launch teams pitch their businesses. Applications close March 31, 2023Learn more about and apply for RED Labs here: more about and apply for RED Launch here:

Netzero by 2050 Writing and Poster Competition
As part of UH Energy's Critical Issues in Energy Writing Competition series, Houston-area university students are challenged to imagine an answer to “Net Zero by 2050 - What will the world be like in 2050?” The competition is jointly sponsored by the UH Energy Transition Institute and the Energy Coalition, and entrants will share their thoughts on potential progress toward the global goal of NetZero by 2050, what the energy landscape will look like by that time, how day-to-day life may be affected, remaining challenges in the energy transition and more.
Entrants have until 11:59 p.m. on March 31 to submit entries, and the top five entrants will be eligible for cash prices up to $3,000 and present their findings April 19 at the annual Energy Banquet. For more information and how to apply, go to:

Frameworks Symposium
Join us for the first in-person FrameWorks Symposium. Nine FrameWorks Fellows will present interdisciplinary humanities research on topics ranging from a dagger found in Pharoah Tutankhamun's tomb, to The Twilight Zone, to the Bollywood Item Song. Especially recommended for students interested in becoming FrameWorks Fellows in 2023/2024. 

This event will take place on Saturday April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Honors College Commons. Learn more at

Place a freestanding plaque for Lynn Eusan on campus - recognize her legacy!
All University of Houston students know the term "Lynn Eusan Park." Whether living in the dorms next to the park, seeing the area from your favorite study spot at Cougar Grounds, or walking through the tree-lined path to class, Lynn Eusan is a name we Cougars hear often. However, most students and visitors don't recognize Lynn Eusan's legacy and why she is vital to our culture as the UH Cougars. As atonement and respect for her tragic death, we would like to put a commemorative plaque detailing Lynn Eusan's impact and legacy for all students, staff, and visitors to see at the park named after her. Please sign this petition ( and spread the word to as many people as possible to give Eusan the justice and respect that should've been done a long time ago.

A.I. Digital and the Future of Energy UHE Symposium
The world’s need for more and cleaner energy solutions and this transition require significant changes in the way in which energy is provided. Digital technology, including artificial intelligence (A.I.), is a significant enabler for this transformation, from more efficient exploration and production, more reliable manufacturing, more nimble trading, and a more intimate customer experience. New digital solutions are also needed for emerging areas such as power and hydrogen.

In the latest installment of UH Energy's "Critical Issues in Energy" Symposium Series, we'll take a deeper dive into the role of A.l. within the energy marketplace, specifically with what is being done with A.I. and what is capable of being done. In addition to this pivotal look at one crucial aspect of the energy transition, attendees will be afforded networking opportunities with speakers and distinguished guests, raffle opportunities, and food/refreshments will be provided. Event will take place on Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Theater Room - Student Center South
RSVP at:

Summer Internship opportunity for University of Houston undergraduate students. US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at Arte Público Press
The USLDH-Mellon Summer Internship offers undergraduate students at the University of Houston the opportunity to learn first-hand the scope of US Latino archives and digital humanities (DH). This internship will expose the student to archival research, best practices, digital scholarship and tools, US Latino DH methodology and research approaches. These skills will help the intern to pursue academic careers and introduce them to a network of scholars, practitioners and community members. Students will work on datasets, data curation, digitization, social media content and ongoing digital humanities projects.  The US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH) Center serves as a venue for scholarship focused on the US Latino written legacy that has been lost, absent, repressed or underrepresented.  Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (“Recovery”) is an international program to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1980. Recovery is housed at the University of Houston's Arte Público Press, the nation's oldest and largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors in the United States.  Students will receive both professional and intellectual formation during the course of the program.  No prior experience in digital humanities required.  Near-native Spanish reading and writing knowledge is preferred.  Internship will run from June 1 - August 15 with 19hrs/week. Stipend amount: $5,000 
Apply at: Deadline to apply: April 7, 2023 

Handshake or Business Card: Intercultural Business Etiquette and Protocol
Enhance your cultural competence and global networking skills in this interactive session. Learn how to introduce yourself properly, navigate a formal banquet table setting, and other crucial skills for succeeding in a global business environment.Jessica Ngo, presenter, oversees diplomatic protocol and cross-cultural exchanges and advises on international policy issues, outbound trade development missions, and consular and diplomatic activities for the City of Houston.She is a certified intercultural etiquette and protocol trainer. Jessica has traveled to 30 countries and is fluent in English and Vietnamese. 

Wednesday, April 12 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the Honors College Commons 

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:

STEM Tutors Needed
Kscholastic is looking to hire in-person STEM tutors for the upcoming 2022-2023school 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 8/01/23. We are looking for committed, passionate tutors who can teach AT LEAST TWO of the following subjects: geometry, biology, algebra 2, and chemistry. Prior K-12 teaching/coaching experience is strongly preferred.

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


Apply for the 2024-2025 Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Would you like to teach English abroad for a year? Do you have a research project that you want to conduct in another country? Not sure what to do after graduation? Apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program!

Fulbright Student grants provide rising and graduating seniors, master's and doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists from any field with opportunities for personal and professional development. During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country to foster mutual understanding. Fulbright is one of the largest academic exchanges in the world, providing approximately 2,200 grants annually in more than 140 participating countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

Applications for the 2024-2025 cycle will open on March 30, 2023. If you are interested in applying, check out the Fulbright Launch Event taking place on March 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Room 212 S of the Honors College. By attending you will learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and hear from an experienced panel of UH Fulbrighters who submitted competitive applications, completed the program, or are currently abroad. You can register by filling out this UH Fulbright Interest Form. Can't make it? Fill out the form anyway to arrange an advising appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

For specific questions about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please contact the UH Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Ben Rayder.

Samvid Scholars Program
Samvid Scholars is a merit-based graduate scholarship and leadership program for changemakers. Samvid Scholars was established in 2021 by Samvid Ventures to invest in the graduate education of future leaders who are committed to effecting positive change in society.  

The Samvid Scholars program supports up to $50,000 per year for two years of graduate study. In addition to funding for their graduate program, each Scholar will receive two years of leadership development programming to support them to continue to fulfill their extraordinary potential.

An eligible candidate will:    

  • Pursue a full-time graduate program of 2 years or longer at a university in the United States, in one of the following eligible programs: MD, MBA, JD, MPP/MPA, MPH, or MS/MA in the social sciences or STEM 

  • Be an incoming first-year graduate student for the 2023-2024 academic year    

  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5    

  • Be a U.S. citizen or DACA recipient   

**Competitive candidates will demonstrate commitment to driving change for society through past experience and future goals Application Deadline: April 9, 2023. For more details of the program, please contact Ben Rayder.



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. For more information, contact Ben Rayder at 

UH Energy Scholars Program
The Energy Scholars Program at UH provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work on an energy-related research project under the direction of a UH faculty mentor. Participants will receive a $5,000 scholarship to work on their project full-time in the summer and part-time in the fall. The program is open to students of all disciplines who are interested in working on a research project related to energy. Program dates are Summer 2023 - Fall 2023 Contact Dr. Ben Rayder at with any questions. Application deadline is April 3, 2023.

Apply to the Fall 2023 Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship
PURS provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to participate in a semester-long research project under the direction of a UH faculty mentor. Selected students are awarded $1,000 and earn 2 points towards the Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement designation. 
Learn more about PURS and apply by Monday, April 24, 2023 at
Contact Debbie Reyes at with any questions.

Harris County Historical Society Award for Excellence
The University of Houston Center for Public History is proud to announce a $1,500 scholarship award sponsored by the Harris County Historical Society! The scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2023 semester to a student who is enrolled full-time at UH in the 2023-2024 school year, is an undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student interested in public history, and demonstrates excellence in academics, projects, and other evidence of an interest in the public history of Houston or Harris County.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2023. Learn more and apply HERE
Please direct questions to Dr. Monica Perales: and Dr. Debbie Harwell: dzharwel@Central.UH.EDU

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 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