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Coming up in the Honors College
09/22: Refugee Awareness Speaker Series: Hilary Scherrer
09/25: Operation Fusion looking for volunteers
09/27: Talk: Disability Rights and Advocacy from the Kaleidoscope Collective
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES    

Refugee Awareness Speaker Series
Join us for the Refugee Awareness speaker series. Find out more about refugee resettlement and how Houston is coping with the refugee crisis. Learn how you can volunteer to assist Houston’s refugee community. Light refreshments will be served.All events occur at 1 p.m. in the Honors College Commons.Thursday, September 22 Hilary Scherrer Houston Welcomes RefugeesThursday, October 6 Ahmed Mushref & Mayra Loera Interfaith MinistriesThursday, October 20 Elise Griesmyer St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance, Catholic CharitiesTuesday, November 8 Irene Guenther, Ph. D. University of Houston/German Orphan Refugee ProjectFor more information, contact Michelle Belco, Ph. D. at mbelco@uh.edu.

Public History Workshop with the Holocaust Museum Houston
On September 23, the UH Center for Public History and the Holocaust Museum Houston will host an event that will help students learn how museums create spaces for BIPOC narratives through community partnerships, exhibitions, and education programs. The workshop will also explore how core museum departments collaborate to create outstanding learning experiences for visitors. Students will tour the Holocaust and Human Rights Galleries, get the chance to learn from a diverse group of museum professional, and understand firsthand what it means to be a public historian. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants. Tickets are free but limited, so register while you can! Register HERE

Operation Fusion
Operation Fusion is a community health service project that volunteers weekly from 12-1 p.m. on Fridays at Las Americas Newcomer School, working with immigrant and refugee students to do activities exploring topics about personal health, culture, and goal setting. If you are interested in volunteering with Operation Fusion, please fill out our membership registration application here:https://forms.gle/rr1cR6n1MHUoUZuA9. The deadline is September 25 by 11:59 p.m.  If you have questions please feel contact us at operationfusion.uh@gmail.com We look forward to working with you!
Talk: Disability Rights and Advocacy
On Sept 27, the Honors College will host Patrinia Baksmaty from the Kaleidoscope Collective in the Honors College Commons from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The Kaleidoscope Collaborative (TKC) is a disability centered equity design consultancy that creates innovative partnerships to bring disability inclusive learning experiences to public elementary schools.Patrinia will discuss the importance of this advocacy and how it benefits both the wellbeing and success of both disability communities and our broader communities. After her talk, Patrinia will also announce paid internship opportunities with TKC. Registration requested: https://web.honors.uh.edu/machform/view.php?id=280875

FREE Inprint Reading Tickets for Honors Students
Inprint is offering FREE tickets to the 2022/2023 Inprint Brown Reading Series to University of Houston Honors Students.

Each evening will feature one or two of these renowned authors reading from and talking about their new books, followed by a conversation with a local writer, and a book sale and signing. All readings will be conducted in person on Monday evenings, starting at 7:30 pm. Events will also be available for viewing via a ticketed online rebroadcast on the Thursday evening following each reading at 7:30 pm CT.EVENT DATESOct 3 Javier ZamoraOct 10 Maggie O’FarrellNov 14 Joy HarjoJan 23 Yiyun Li and Matthew SalessesMar 6 Ada LimónApr 17 Leila MottleyMay 8 Abraham VergheseFor more information, visit: https://inprinthouston.org To request tickets, send an email to info@inprinthouston.org with the subject UH HONORS TICKET REQUEST.

Paid Internship with The Kaleidoscope Collective: Pilot Project Recruiters
Looking for a team of 2 to work with the Texas Council of Developmental Disabilities to conduct outreach to subsidiaries of The Arc of Texas (statewide disability-serving civic organization) in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso. Interns will recruit organizations to test a pilot of the concept for a new app which will crowd-source customer reviews of local businesses and community organizations from the disability community and is funded through a grant. The pilot project will guide research and development of this app which will provide a digital space for the disability community to locate disability inclusive businesses (dentists, restaurants, schools, daycares, retailers, grocery stores, etc.) and public spaces. Recruiters will have an opportunity to help design incentives & evaluation metrics for the pilot project as well.Internship duration is from October 2022 to mid-December 2022 (2.5 months) You'll recieve a stipend of $600 Apply HERE by October 3

Internship: The Kaleidescope Collective: Disability Advisory Panel
Looking for 2 student disability self-advocates to sit on the Disability Advisory Panel for the App Design Team in collaboration with engineering students from Boston University. We will use data from the pilot project to inform the design of the app. You will attend at least 3 design team meetings (Zoom), help analyze pilot data, conduct follow up interviews of pilot participants as needed, research metrics for disability inclusion, and bring your gained insights to the app design team to help design the app's user experience. No web design experience necessary.Internship duration is from October 2022 to May 2023 (7 months) You'll recieve a stipend of $1000.Apply HERE by October 3

Internship: The Kaleidescope Collective: Media/Publishing/Creative Directing
Looking for 1-2 students to manage the following on The Kaleidoscope Collaborative webpage and Instagram page. This includes:- Content layout of new images using organization brand guide- publication of new partnership logos- publication/ layout of blog content- editing and publication of 2 new podcast episodes onto the webpageInternship Duration is from October to December 2022 (2.5 months)You'll recieve a stipend of TBDApply HERE by October 3

Prepare to do your best on test day by attending an exclusive University of Houston GRE test prep workshop!
In this session, you'll get an overview of the GRE General Test, including the at home option; information on preparing for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing measures; and test-taking strategies. You’ll learn about services that the GRE Program offers for prospective graduate students, including tools that can make it easier to connect with graduate program recruiters. You’ll also learn things you should know about the GRE test, how to send your scores, and what to expect on test day. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their questions answered. The workshop will be held on October 12, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST (register here) If you have any questions, please contact us at gre-info@ets.org

Founder's Club
The Founder’s Club is a bi-monthly meetup for University of Houston students with businesses of their own. It brings business owners across campus together to keep each other accountable. The club meets over breakfast to discuss goals and action items to help grow their businesses. Learn more here: https://www.bauer.uh.edu/centers/wce/programs/founders-club.php You can apply to be a part of the club by submitting an application HERE. Meetings will be held in CBB 506Dates for Fall 2022Tuesday, October 4, 2022 - 9 - 11 a.m.Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 9 - 11 a.m.Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 9 - 11 a.m.Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 9 - 11 a.m.Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 9 - 11 a.m.

Communications Internship Opportunity: Texas Blue Action
We are seeking a mission-driven associate / fellow to lead the communications team to effectively influence public debate, support contact with the press, craft social media copy, and shape our public image.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Digital / Social Media

  • Create a daily & weekly social media calendar
  • Draft key social media copy across platforms, including messaging on key milestones, holidays, GOTV / election day, etc.
  • Support outbound engagement with Texas influencers to drive engagement
RESPONSIBILITIES: Press 
  • Support overall print, radio, and TV earned media operations to bolster our work and mission
  • Curate our press list, ensuring complete coverage across essential Texas media markets
  • Draft media advisories, ICYMIs, major press releases
  • Support development of talking points for our leadership for key interviews and speaking engagement
  • Draft OpEds as needed
If interested, please reach out to sri@2milliontexans.com with a copy of your resume or LinkedIn profile.

Volunteer with the "Draw YOUR Story" program
Draw YOUR Story is a program is led by 2 medical students, Pelumi Oloyede and Sujal Manohar. Through the “Draw YOUR Story” Program, you’ll hear stories from residents and have the opportunity to share your own. You’ll also help residents with simple art activities and look at art pieces as storytelling prompts (no art experience is required). This project is located at St. Dominic Village, a senior care community which offers care for adults over 55. As a volunteer, you will gain a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health which impact older adults in residential facilities. You’ll also become more comfortable working with older adults outside of a healthcare setting.  St. Dominic Village is just 5 minutes away from the TMC. “Draw YOUR Story” programs will take place every Saturday morning starting in September. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/1DXAbiqEeU6JknTe8

Healing Injustice: Innovating Holistic Defense Conference
We are thrilled to invite you to the inaugural Healing Injustice conference on October 28 and 29 2022 in-person at the University of Houston Honors College and online. This interactive conference aims to not only share information about holistic defense, but contribute to the advancement of the field. Holistic defense refers to approaches that attempts to address not only clients’ legal needs, but also seeks to ameliorate the impact of arrest and incarceration (e.g., employment, housing, nutrition, access to health care).This is a groundbreaking conference that brings together lawyers, social workers, community health workers, human services professionals, students, and data scientists to engage with the possibilities of reshaping the way that people without economic means experience legal representation. Breakfast, lunch, and coffee service will be provided. We hope that you will join us by registering HERE

Civic Houston Internship Program
The Hobby School of Public Affairs' Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) offers government internships to University of Houston students during the fall and spring semesters. Through this program, numerous students have gained invaluable experience and have developed the skills needed to become strong public service leaders as well as influential policy makers. Students are assigned to government offices, as well as non-profit organizations and campaigns, throughout the greater Houston area. CHIP is open to all juniors and seniors (sophomores welcome to apply), Post-baccalaureates of all majors. Students will be required to work an average of 8 hours per week over the 15-week semester, meet as a class four times during the semester and complete a daily journal, term paper, and an assessment will be completed by the office supervisor. You will recieve 3 hours of upper-level political science or public policy credit. The deadline is November 11, 2022. For more information and to apply, go to: https://uh.edu/hobby/interns/chip/

Kscholastic looking for STEM Tutors
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.If interested in this position, please send a brief statement of interest and a current resume to karla@kscholastic.com
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TRAVEL & SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Apply for the 2023-2024 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 2,000 grants annually in more than 140 participating countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. 

The application for the 2023-2024 awards cycle is now open. You can fill out the UH Fulbright Interest form to attend workshops or 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, Ben Rayder. National Deadline is October 11, 2022

Apply for the Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program!
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
 
Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service.  Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer. Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances in order to remain in the program. 
 
Applicants in their senior year or those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall of 2023 can apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.2 GPA.
 
Pickering Fellows receive:
  • Up to $42,000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields.
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer

Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Deadline: September 29, 2022

Apply for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program!
Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) is a fully endowed graduate fellowship program at Stanford University. KHS cultivates and supports a multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers engaging experiences that prepare graduates to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address complex challenges facing the world. Each year KHS selects up to 100 graduate students from across Stanford’s seven graduate schools, funds up to three years of graduate study, and prepares scholars for leadership roles in academia, industry, government, nonprofits, and the community at large.
 
KHS applicants must have earned their first undergraduate degree within the last seven years, and must apply to both a Stanford graduate program and to KHS. Learn more on the KHS admission website and at upcoming KHS admission eventsDeadline: October 12, 2022

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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 for the 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award provides $46,000/year ($34,000 stipend + $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance), international research and internship opportunities, and more to support future knowledge experts with the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.  
To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The NSF welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

NSF GRFP Candidates Receive:

  • A three-year annual stipend of $34,000/year
  • A $12,000 education allowance for tuition & fees, tenable at any accredited US institution 
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development 
  • The increased freedom that comes with having your own graduate funds
Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards is now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship.The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) is a part-time, faculty-mentored research opportunity available to all full-time sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA, who have not previously participated in the PURS program. The program awards participants with a $1,000 scholarship for the Spring 2023 semester. Please note that students may not participate in PURS while enrolled in the Senior Honors Thesis program. Please visit the PURS website (www.uh.edu/purs) for more information and the application guidelines.
Applications for the PURS are due by Tuesday, November 1, 2022. For questions about the PURS application and expectations, please contact Debbie Reyes (dreyes20@central.uh.edu).
Apply for the Payne International Development Fellowship Program!
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity.Applicants in their senior year or those who have already completed a Bachelor's degree and are seeking admission to a two-year master’s degree program in the fall of 2023 can apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with a minimum 3.2 GPA.
What’s in it for me? Payne Fellows receive:
  • Up to $52,000 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields approved by the Payne Program.
  • Two internships. The first, an internship working on international issues in Washington, DC, will occur in the summer after being selected and before the first year of graduate study. The second will be an overseas internship in a USAID Mission that takes place during the summer between the first and second years of graduate study.
  • Mentoring opportunities
Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Ben Rayder in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Deadline: November 4, 2022