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  • Stuart Long

    Associate Dean 
    Undergraduate Research and the Honors College

    Stuart Long is the associate dean of undergraduate research and the Honors College and is the academic advisor for all Honors students majoring in electrical and computer engineering. Additionally, he regularly teaches the honors section of the undergraduate introductory course in electromagnetic waves. He has mentored over 90 undergraduate students in his research during his 44-year career at the University of Houston. He holds a doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University, and his research involves antenna design, wireless communications and applied electromagnetics. 

  • Ben Rayder

    Director
    Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

    Ben Rayder is an instructional assistant professor in the Honors College and the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. Prior to joining the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards in 2017, he worked as the assistant director in the fellowships office at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Rayder holds a doctorate in comparative politics from the University of Bamberg and a master’s in modern European studies from the University College London. He earned a bachelor’s in political science and German from the College of the Holy Cross.

  • Rikki Bettinger

    Associate Director
    Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

    As the associate director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards, Rikki Bettinger supports students across the university as they pursue undergraduate research, directly overseeing programs including the Mellon Research Scholars and Senior Honors Thesis programs. She received her doctorate in Latin American history from the University of Houston in 2018. She specializes in 19th century transnational Latin American and Caribbean women’s histories with an emphasis on travel writings in the Americas. She also completed a master’s degree in history at The University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a bachelor’s degree in history secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, she taught high school history in San Antonio.

  • Esraa Wasel

    Student Worker
    Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

    Esraa is the undergraduate advisor for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards. She is studying for a B.A. in philosophy and plans to graduate in Spring 2023. Esraa has participated in a variety of research programs at UH, such as HERE (2021), FrameWorks (2021-22), and Mellon (2022) and is currently writing a senior thesis. She enjoys research and wants to use her experience to mentor students and help them succeed in the research process.