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Who is Eligible?

Eligible candidates must be a rising sophomore or junior with at least four semesters remaining at UH after summer 2023. (This means you should not graduate before spring 2025.)

  • You must have have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • All majors are eligible.
  • Students may apply to both HERE and SURF in the same year.


  • Program Description

    Last year's theme was Energy: Where Does Houston Go From Here? Houston has often been referred to as "The Energy Capital of the World." However, as it faces pressures to diversify its economy, confront global warming, develop alternative fuels, reduce pollution and general discussions about power in light of the Texas grid failure in February 2021, many questions remain about Houston's relationship to energy at the beginning of the 21st century. In this context, HERE students will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the rapid changes affecting our city. In small groups led by a faculty mentor, students will develop a research proposal related to a contemporary problem, with topics ranging from energy sustainability, poor infrastructure, alternative fuels, environmental justice and more.  

  • How to Apply

    Please check back in spring 2023 for the application and deadline for the 2023 Houston Early Research Experience Program. The program begins in May each year.

  • Programming

    The Houston Early Research Experience (HERE) is a two-week workshop intended to orient rising sophomore and junior undergraduates to the fundamentals of conducting research. UH faculty members and instructors will lead the seminars. HERE will uncover the complexity of understanding and grappling with big picture problems. Students will discuss academic topics, broaden their professional network and learn how to ask the right research questions when approaching their work. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • HERE Seminar Activities

    • Faculty and community leader lectures and discussions.
    • Read and discuss academic articles with seminar leaders.
    • Conduct faculty-guided research, and develop a research question and proposal.
    • Participate in field experiences throughout Houston.
    • Deliver a research proposal presentation.
  • HERE Orientation

    Students accepted into the HERE Program are required to attend the orientation session.

  • HERE 2023 Application Deadline

    March 10, 2023

  • Questions

    Please contact OURMA at if you have any questions or require additional information.
  • New to Research but Not Yet Eligible?

    No problem! Consider applying for the HERE Program the following year. We encourage you to reach out to Rikki Bettinger in the Office of Undergraudte Research and Major Awards to get stared in undergraduate research.