Middle School Students Head to College for Cougar Junior Scholars Camp

This summer, 22 Houston-area middle school students are college bound. For three days in June, seventh and eighth graders will learn from noted scholars and award-winning professors at the University of Houston’s Honors College.

The Cougar Junior Scholars Camp runs June 20 – 22 at UH’s Honors College (second floor of the university’s M.D. Anderson Library). Campers will participate in seminars, explore the campus and engage in interactive educational activities such as a photo scavenger hunt and quiz bowl. This is the first year the Honors College is hosting this event.

Participating professors and their respective courses are:

  • Stuart Long, Honors College associate dean of undergraduate research (engineering)
  • John Harvey, director of the Honors College’s Center for Creative Work (literature, theater)
  • Anna Newman, Honors College instructional assistant professor of biology (biology)
  • Christine LeVeaux, assistant dean for academic programs (political science)


“The purpose of Cougar Junior Scholars camp is to offer talented students in Houston and surrounding areas the opportunity to experience college life. They will have the unique opportunity to visit university classrooms and learn from members of our esteemed faculty,” LeVeaux said. “We want academically talented students in our area to be aware of the opportunities available at our university and to experience lectures delivered by noted professors.”

The Cougar Junior Scholars Camp complements other Honors College community engagement initiatives including Honors and the Schools. This multifaceted program includes Scholars in the Schools, which provides high school students with the opportunity with learn from Honors College faculty; the Houston Teachers Institute, a professional development program dedicated to strengthening teachers and teaching in Houston-area schools; and Common Ground, which unites Houston-area English teachers and UH professors in dialogues focused on classic literary works.

To learn more about these programs and the Honors College at UH, visit http://www.uh.edu/honors/.