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Coming up in the Honors College
NOW: Bonner WISE Looking for Tutors
09/17: Grand Challenges Forum
09/24: UGR@UH - Getting Started in Research Webinar


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 1p.m. - 2 p.m. in CEMO Hall. 09/17: Dr. Allison Stanger, Professor, Middlebury College "Consumers vs. Citizens: The American Constitution in the Digital Age" 

Constitution Day 2021
Join us for the Grand Challenges Forum,  with Dr. Allison Stanger (Professor, Middlebury College) on Friday, September 17, 1 p.m. at Cemo Hall. "Consumers vs. Citizens: The American Constitution in the Digital Age" 

Dr. Stanger is Professor of International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College; she is also a Fellow at several prestigious national and international boards, councils, and research institutes. She has served twice as visiting professor of Government at Harvard University (where she earned her Ph.D.) and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Great Conversation Student Committee: Call for Volunteers
Calling all Volunteers to be part of the Student Committee for The 30th Annual Great Conversation!!

The Great Conversation is the Honors College’s signature fundraising event. Guests engage in thoughtful dialogue on a variety of topics, just as Honors students do every semester in the Human Situation course.

Student participation is integral to the success of this event. Volunteers assist in pre-event preparation, greet and check-in guests at the event, and work with Conversationalists to create table centerpieces on the topic theme. During the event, volunteers will participate in the discussion and mingle with College alumni and supporters.

The student committee will meet once or twice this semester, then weekly on Fridays from January to the event date. Please fill out the form found HERE if you are interested! The Great Conversation will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. in The Fertitta Center

UGR@UH – Getting Started in Research webinar this Friday!
Hear from Dr. Bettinger and 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 be on Friday, September 17, from 11 a.m. -12 p.m. Register online to receive the Zoom link.

Inprint Reading: Lauren Groff
This Monday, September 20, 7 p.m.New York Times bestseller Lauren Groff will give a brief reading from her new novel Matrix, followed by a conversation with Brenda Peynado, author of The Rock Eaters and Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. This will be a virtual event, students are eligible for free tickets. Contact Ellie Mix at for more information.

Student Board Presents: Out to Lunch
Need a hangout spot after class? Come hang out with the Student Program Board to enjoy live music, free food, and great energy! Join us September 20 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center Plaza

Arete Fellowship - Critical Thinking + Helping Others
Applications for the Fall 2021 Arete Fellowship are now open! Each semester we select a cohort of students to join us for an intensive and rewarding semester-long fellowship. We strive to provide an engaging, valuable, personalized and enjoyable experience for each of our selected Fellows.

Fellows will participate in a series of weekly readings, discussions, and career workshops, through which will:

  • Use critical thinking to evaluate global problems
  • Hone ethical reasoning skills
  • Evaluate which global problems they could tackle using their professional careers
  • Gain actionable insight into what makes a satisfying career
  • Create detailed career plans utilizing personalized peer to peer career coaching

Deadline to apply is September 21, 2021. Link to apply is here. For more

Bingo Night!
Interested in winning prizes, meeting people and having a fun evening in the Honors College? Come join us for Honors SGB Bingo Night on September 24 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. If you're interested in attending, please fill out this RSVP form so we know how many people to estimate at the event. We hope to see you there!

UGR@UH – Ethics in Research: The IRB Webinar 
Are you pursuing human subjects research? Review and oversight of research involving human subjects or identifiable data derived from human subjects is the charge of a federally mandated committee called an Institutional Review Board, or IRB. IRB Committee 3 reviews all student-led human subjects research. Zoom in to meet your Research Compliance Specialist and learn how to prepare and submit your IRB submission to ensure its timely approval for your research! Register online to receive the Zoom link. Webinar will be on Friday, September 24 from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

PEERS (Project Engagement Encouraging Rising Students)
PEERS is supported by the University of Houston, UH Honors College, UH CHWi, and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, focuses on encouraging STEM education and providing mentorship to underserved students in grades 9-12. Initially conceived in a CHW class, this program pairs high school students and the University of Houston undergraduates to create long-lasting, effective, and engaging community projects that are meaningful and relevant.

In addition, facilitating community engagement through collaboration and project-based learning encourages both our undergraduate and high school participants to pursue academic and professional development to advocate for improved health outcomes in their communities. Each student team presents their final project at the PEERS competition to compete for a monetary prize. The application is due September 26th at 11:59 p.m. Here is the link:

Inprint Reading:Ruth Ozeki
On Monday, September 27, 7 p.m., Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki joins us to read from and talk about her new novel The Book of Form and Emptiness, which has been named a most anticipated book of the fall by TimeLit HubThe MillionsPublishers Weekly, and BookpageThis will be a virtual event, students are eligible for free tickets. Contact Ellie Mix at for more information.

Join Honors in Community Health (HICH)
UH Honors in Community Health (HICH) is a student-led organization dedicated to improving the health of our local Houston community through an interdisciplinary lens. As a member, you can mentor underserved high school students in creating projects related to community health, create resource maps for Third Ward residents, and more! We provide the opportunity and support for you to design, implement, and lead a wide variety of community health projects. We also offer exciting workshops, socials, and alumni connections!

Our second general body meeting (GBM) is on Wednesday, September 29 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Honors College Large Classroom. The membership registration form is also due by our second GBM. For more information about our organization and its projects, please visit our website at and sign up for our newsletter To join, please fill out our membership form:

Cougar Medics
Cougar Medics was recently founded as a club to garner interest, provide opportunities for, and support students pursuing their EMS certification or a career in emergency medicine. The eventual goal would be to create an organization that provides 24/7 free medical coverage for the campus. Similar organizations have proven successful at other college campuses, and we believe it is long overdue that the University of Houston has one such organization. Currently, the club offers pre-med and EMS informational meetings as well as opportunities such as CPR certification.

You can learn more about us on our website and if you have any questions, please reach out to us at If you are interested in becoming a member, you can fill out our application under the Contact tab at:

AED’s Pre-Med Conference
Come out for an insightful look into healthcare and medicine, physicians panel, and connecting with a community who is just like you! Anyone is welcome but spots are first-come-first-serve. Please register at the Google form link HERE  Deadline to register is September 25, 2021. Face masks are recommended. Free lunch will be served! Attendees will have to pay for their own parking. Conference will be held October 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in thHouston Room in Student Center South. 

Bonner ImpACT Mentors Needed!
ImpACT is a student-run service program that is dedicated to providing personalized mentorship to high school juniors and seniors for the ACT and the college admissions process. Our goals are to build personal connections with our mentees and help them develop a more confident college identity in order to pursue the career they want. Historically, students with less resources score 4 points lower than their peers on the ACT, causing them to lose out on scholarships, dream school acceptances, and other important opportunities. ImpACT aims to bridge the education inequality gap and help provide the students the brighter future they deserve.
Mentors needed for Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. at KIPP Sunnyside HS. Carpools can be provided if necessary. Contact us at and if you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out our interest form ( and we will contact you shortly!

Hiring Tutors
LAUNCH, the Learning Center at UH, is seeking to hire tutors for many courses, for the fall. To apply, please visit Come join our friendly team of tutors! Contact Laura Heidel ( for any questions.

ACES Institute Academic (AI) Cougar Tutors
The ACES Institute is seeking UH undergraduate and graduate students to provide virtual/remote subject-matter tutoring, GED tutoring, college prep and mentoring to its partnering HISD schools and Third Ward non-profits. We are seeking tutors to help at all age levels at this time. Qualifications: Must be a current UH or UH Downtown undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher). Previous tutoring experience and bilingual candidates a plus! 

Pay: $14–$16 per hour depending on experience and educational qualifications. 
Hours: Tutors are scheduled to work during normal school hours (typically between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., M–F) between 12–20 hours per week. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and résumé to ACES Program Director Sarah Fard at


Tutoring Positions Available
We are looking for K-12 academic tutors in all subjects for the 2021-22 school year! We are looking for tutors with a vehicle who can commute around the Houston area and have scheduling availability for at least three days a week. Preference will be given to applicants able to commit beyond the 21/22 school year. To apply, please email your resume and a statement of interest to

Information Concerning COVID-19 at UH 



Apply for the Critical Language Scholarship
The Critical Language Scholarships is a fully-funded scholarship that allows undergraduate and graduate students to study a critical language abroad for 8-10 weeks. Successful applicants will be enrolled in language classes, take part in cultural activities, and go on overnight excursions in their country. Those interested in applying should complete the interest form or email Nimra Zubair for further information.

Additionally, CLS application material workshops will be held on September 23, October 1, October 8, October 14, and October 15 from 4:00- 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. CLS office hours will be held Thursdays at 4 p.m., starting October 7, 2021

Pickering Fellowship Application is live!
The scholarship offers $42,000 annually for students pursuing a Master's Degree in international affairs or related fields, and a domestic and international internship with State Department. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be a US citizen, and seeking admission in a field relevant to foreign services. Successful candidates will work with the State Department for five years after graduating from their programs. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Ben Rayder at

Rangel Fellowship Now Open
The scholarship offers $42,000 annually for students pursuing a master's degree in international affairs or related fields, and a domestic and international internship with State Department. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be a U.S. citizen, and seeking admission in a field relevant to foreign services. Successful candidates will work with the State Department for five years after graduating from their programs. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should email Ben Rayder at



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   

The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
The Knight-Hennessey Scholarship funds up to three years of graduate studies at Stanford University. Successful candidates will possess purposeful leadership skills, a civic mindset, and be open-minded, eager for cross-cultural engagement. Applicants must be accepted in their respective degree program at Stanford, and hold a bachelor's degree by 2016. Interested applicants can email Ben Rayder ( at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Deadline for Knight Hennessy is October 6. For more information

The NSF Graduate Research Funding Program
The NSF Graduate Research Funding Program offers financial aid for students looking to pursue a PhD in a STEM or Social Science field. Successful candidates will receive a $34,000 annual stipend, $12,000 education allowance, and opportunities for international research and professional development. To be eligible, students must be a rising-senior or in the first or second year of their graduate studies, and a U.S. citizen or green cardholder. Interested applicants can email Ben Rayder ( at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Deadline is October 30. For more information