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2022 Cohort

2022

2022 Research Seminar — "Energy: Where Does Houston Go From Here?"

This year's theme is 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.  

Faculty Mentors: Dan Burleson, Charles Becker, Christiana Chang, Marc Hanke, Kelly Hopkins, Olivia Johnson, Rita Sirrieh, Marina Trninic

2020 Cohort

2021

2021 Research Seminar — Inequality

For the 2021 program, students will examine various aspects of inequality in Houston. According to Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg (2020), "Houston is at the forefront of the major changes that are redefining the United States in the twenty-first century - the growing inequalities in a knowledge-based economy, the epic demographic transition, and the new importance of quality of place." In this context, HERE students will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the rapid changes affected 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 income disparity, poor infrastructure, lack of access to affordable healthcare, racial discrimination, and more. 

Faculty Mentors: Charles Becker, Christiana Chang, Marc Hanke, Kelly Hopkins, Stacey Louie, Monique Mills, Rita Sirrieh, Lesli Vollrath

2019 Cohort

2020

2020 Research Seminar — UrbanizationFor the 2020 program, students will examine various aspects of urbanization, including infrastructure, policy, demographic patterns, emergency preparedness, and the long-term impacts on affected communities. These topics will contribute to a larger conversation on how the Houston metropolitan area might better address issues related to urbanization. 

Faculty Mentors: Marc Hanke, Rita Sirrieh, Lesli Vollrath, Kelly Hopkins, Charles Becker, Christiana Chang, Amin Kiaghadi