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Coming up in the Honors College

NOW: Honors Scholarship for Spring 2024 now open
12/09: Health Equity: From Awareness to Action Conference
12/15: Student Internship Opportunity - CHIP


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.


Houston Zoo Summer Internship
The Zoo’s goal as a leading conservation organization is to provide a rich experience for undergraduate students to interact with animal science, care, and welfare prior to a career in animal sciences, animal health, conservation, or acceptance to a veterinary graduate school. Houston Zoo’s Paid Internship program directly aligns with their mission of connecting communities to animals and their vision of becoming a global leader in conservation. Their Core Values, particularly Inclusion and Integrity, will be imbedded in this internship opportunity through learning experiences and thoughtful assignments. They are committed to providing exceptional paid internship experiences for undergraduate students who are historically underrepresented in veterinary medicine and animal science professions.

Learn more at:

Spring 2024 Honors Scholarship Application is Open!
Spring 2024 Honors scholarships are awarded for the Spring 2024 semester only, on the basis of the applicant's financial need, academic records with emphasis on Honors coursework, and participation in the Honors College.

To apply for an Honors College scholarship for the Spring 2024 semester, please complete the online application HERE and submit a resume (including academic, leadership, and extra-curricular activities) by Friday, December 1, 2023 at 12 p.m. For more information, contact

Health Equity: From Awareness to Action Conference
The University of Houston Community Health Workers Initiative and the Parkinson’s Foundation have partnered for the Health Equity: From Awareness to Action conference on Saturday December 9, 2023. Our conference offers 5.0 hours of certified and uncertified (pending approval) continuing education units for CHW, CHW-I, CHES, and MCHES. Available in English and Spanish separately.

This conference is FREE and will be held on Saturday December 9, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Houston (4455 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204) Lunch will be provided and Parking will be validated.  Register HERE. Visit the WEBSITE for more information 

Free Community Health Worker Certification Class
Training with UHCHWI provides you with an in-depth understanding of social and health barriers. You get to be trained side-by-side with community members, health professionals, and university students through the development of a community project. This class meets virtually on Thursdays from 6 - 9:30 p.m. and will run from January 25 - May 9, 2024. Spanish classes also available. 

Register Here:

University of Houston Adaptive Athletics
Adaptive Athletics is a unique upper division elective course. Rather than taking exams, you run disability sports programming. This semester we will be hosting a national wheelchair tennis tournament. The class work is applied, real world, and small so it’s a great chance to get a letter of rec for grad school or a reference for your first job. You will learn a lot, but most importantly, improve the lives of athletes with physical disabilities.

The deadline to apply is November 27, for questions about applying and to learn more, email

Student Internship Opportunity - CHIP
The Hobby School of Public Affairs' Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) offers internships with government offices, nonprofit organizations, campaigns, and also with the private sector to University of Houston students each fall and spring semester. 

Applications are now open for Spring 2024. The Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP) is open to University of Houston juniors and seniors, as well as post-baccalaureate students. Sophomores may apply as well but priority is given to upper level students. All majors are welcome. Students with a 3.0 GPA and higher will also be given priority in acceptance and assignment decisions.

Interns work an average of 8 hours per week over the 15-week semester and meet as a class four times during the semester. The internship course counts as 3 hours of upper level political science or public policy credit for University of Houston students. 

The deadline for students to apply is Friday, December 15. Should students have any questions, they can visit the CHIP webpage at, and students may also reach out to Jessica Ruland O’Connor at

Join Friends of Doctors Without Borders at UH!
We are a student organization spreading awareness of the international organization of Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders. We provide support to pre-medical students by offering opportunities such as mentoring, course tutoring, and MCAT resources. We also work with our parent organization by hosting affiliated speakers, and offering networking opportunities. If you’re interested in joining us, feel free to join our organization’s mailing list at or or email with any questions!

MD Anderson Playroom Volunteers
The MD Anderson Cancer Center is looking for college students to volunteer at their inpatient unit. This is a really great opportunity for pre-med students who are looking to gain some service hours in a health-related setting! You are required to volunteer at least 2 hours per month. Fill out the form HERE and someone will contact you shortly!

Team Leader Fellowship
Build your resume with the VAW Global Team Leader Fellowship! This leadership opportunity is generally an 8 month intensive fellowship — valuable to future nurses, physicians, physicians assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, as well as other future healthcare providers and anyone interested in gaining skills in public health while supporting healthcare systems around the world. This pre-professional internship entails around 3-5 hours per week and is a truly enriching experience that will provide you with great skills for professional life such as learning about healthcare in a global context, gaining effective leadership and communication skills, acquiring international and public health work experience, and attending several orientations and workshops focused on personal development and cultural sensitivity.

Learn more at:
To register for an info session sign up at:

Recruiting First-Year, African American Students
Recruiting first-year, African American students for a study on how family, culture, and racial identity shape decisions about going to college. Participants will be interviewed and complete a survey. This study has been approved by University of Houston's Institutional Review Board, 713-743-9204

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? African Americans who:
• are 18 or older
• are a first-year students at TSU or UH
• graduated from high school in 2022 or 2023 • attended 5th to 12th grade in the U.S.
Participants will receive $15 gift card.

Contact Teranda Donatto for any questions.

Hearts for the Homeless (H4H) Houston
Hearts for the Homeless Houston is a UH student organization that provides free blood pressure screenings and informative heart health education events for the homeless community. We aim to aid the homeless community by providing health screenings and education, working with partners to distribute food, and giving haircuts and supplies. Members would have access to clinical volunteering hours, research opportunities, no-cost travel abroad volunteering opportunities, financial awards, the ability to meet influential leaders, shadowing opportunities, letters of recommendation, the ability to create meaningful experiences in your community, and much more.
Join H4H at:

Current Projects Actively Recruiting For Participants
The RESTORE Lab at the University of Houston is recruiting participants for various studies. For more information about the various studies and how to apply, go to: 

Kscholastic STEM Tutor
Kscholastic, Inc., a Houston-based tutoring company, is currently looking to hire in-person STEM tutors. Pay starts at $33/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 2024. We are looking for committed, passionate tutors who can teach middle and high school STEM subjects, particularly STEM subjects (math, sciences).

If interested in this position, please send a brief statement of interest and a current resume to

Kscholastic Administrative Assistant
Kscholastic Inc. is a Houston-based tutoring company ( looking to hire a new part-time remote administrative assistant.

Responsibilities of the administrative assistant include, but are not limited, to:
Monitoring office text and phone line 2-3 days/week between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Updating and creating internal documentation on Google Docs and Google Sheets.
Writing and distributing Kscholastic's monthly newsletter.

Preferences for job applicants are:
School of Education sophomore (freshmen also acceptable)
Guaranteed availability 2-3 days/week for 1-3 hours between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Detail-oriented and organized worker
If interested in this position, please send a resume and brief statement of interest to



DAAD RISE - Research Internships in Germany
The Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students are matched with a host institution according to their area of interest and provided with a monthly stipend and housing assistance. German proficiency is not required, and the working language will be English.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2023. Interested students can email Ben Rayder ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program | 2024-2025
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 15 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified students who wish to pursue careers in international affairs. Junior Fellows are provided substantive work experience in Washington, D.C. as research assistants to scholars working at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Applicants must be graduating seniors or individuals who have received their bachelor’s during the past academic year.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024. Candidates should reach out to Ben Rayder ( for more information and feedback on application materials.

US Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria | 2024-2025
The Austrian US Teaching Assistantship Program invites native English speakers to teach English in Austrian secondary schools while exploring the country and its culture. The USTA Program is managed by the Austrian education ministry (BMBWF) and administered by Fulbright Austria. Applicants must have a German proficiency level of at least B1/Intermediate Mid by the time of application. Students who have applied to Fulbright are eligible to submit a USTA application.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024. Candidates should reach out to Ben Rayder ( for more information and feedback on application materials.

Chile & Argentina: Politics, White Gold, & the Lithium Triangle
Chile and Argentina hold the world’s greatest reserves of lithium, a metal which will be critical for theenergy transition and electrification of the many sectors of our economy. This study abroad programwill explore this sector of their economies and will study the political systems of these two countries.It has the following learning objectives: (a) gain deep understanding of the lithium global supply andits role in the energy transition, (b) develop an understanding of the Chilean and Argentine political systems, and (c) establish connections between the global supply chains and countries that exercisedisproportionate amounts of influence over such chains. Led by Eduardo Aleman and Ognjen Miljanic. Travel Dates: May 14 – 25, 2024. Contact Ognjen Miljanic for more information. 

Political Ecology: Dominican Republic
This interdisciplinary course considers how the study of politics and of the environment intersect. The lenses of political science and local biology will be focused on questions of sustainability and community and economic development using the community of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic, where we will travel, as our case study. Las Terrenas’ natural springs, Atlantic coastline, beautiful beaches, mangrove-lined wetlands, and teeming coral reefs provide the ecological laboratory for students’ community-engaged research and study. How does this biological regime interact with local, national, and global political forces? What are the difficult choices that communities face when prospects of long-term environmental degradation are put into tension with immediate community, economic, and political needs? In partnership with local communities, we will consider how to manage natural and community resources through tenets of sustainable development. Instructor permission is required to enroll, and enrollment in the course is required for the trip. Led by Jonathan Williamson and Marc Hanke. Travel Dates: June 15-24, 2024. Contact Jonathan Williamson for more information.

This course is offered in Spring 2024 and provides required preparation for a research-based learning abroad trip to the Galápagos Islands in Summer 2024. The trip lasts a little over 3 weeks. Students will assist faculty with ongoing research projects at the Galápagos Science Center on San Cristóbal Island. In addition to preparing you for this immersive research experience, we will use the Galápagos Islands as a model to explore several topics in biology, geology, conservation, history, and art. The course will include integrative projects, readings, student-led discussions, field trips, and lectures. You must take the course to go on the trip, and you cannot register for the course unless you plan to travel with us.  The course and trip are open to all majors. Led by Marc Hanke. Travel Dates: Summer 2024. Contact Marc Hanke for more information. 

The Alaskome Project: Creating genomic databases and exploring conditions important to Alaska Native communities
Participate in a multifaceted research program that will involve basic and translational biomedical and social science. Help create a community based genomic database for Alaska Native communities. Explore causes of unique medical conditions affecting these communities. Learn about how Native Alaskan people think about genomics, medicine, and research. There are a range of opportunities from bench research to interviewing community elders. Part time school-year and full time summer opportunities are available. Travel to Alaska a possibility but not required. Please send a resume or CV and a cover letter (email: ) to inquire.



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 

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The US Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides financial support for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex problems in science and engineering (science and engineering track). The program also funds doctoral candidates in applied mathematics, statistics or computer science who are pursuing research that will contribute to more effective use of emerging high-performance systems (mathematics and computer science track). The fellowship provides full payment of tuition and fees, an annual stipend, and a 12-week practicum at a DOE national laboratory.
Application Deadline: January 17, 2024. Candidates should reach out to Dr. Ben Rayder (btrayder@uh.edufor more information and feedback on application materials.