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Graduate Student Opportunities

Events and opportunities appearing in the NSM Graduate Update will be listed on this page. New listings are added regularly.


The College will hold a virtual 3-Minute Thesis Competition at noon on Fri, Oct 15. One student from each NSM department will make a 3-minute layman presentation with a single static slide (similar to a TED talk).

All master’s students (thesis track) and Ph.D. students can apply to be selected as their departmental representative at this competition. The format will mirror the 3-Minute Thesis Competition that the UH Graduate School will host in November.

Interested? Apply by Sept 24
Fill out this form and email to Anne Delcour, NSM Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, by Fri, Sept 24.

Submissions will be reviewed within the applicant’s department by the graduate chair and the departmental representative on the NSM Graduate Student Advisory Board; they will select the one departmental nominee to advance to the competition.

Students chosen to participate in the competition will be notified no later than Oct 4.

Careers & Career Fairs

UH’s HPE Data Science Institute is launching a new Micro-Credentialing Program in Data Science. These free classes are open to all students, culminating in a micro-credential that can be placed on networking pages.

To receive the Micro-credential badge, complete the courses listed below in any semester. These courses will neither affect your GPA nor appear in your transcripts. The Data Visualization class begins Oct 12.

Four Courses:

  • Principles of Data Management Badge
  • Scientific Programming with Python Badge
  • Data Visualization using Paraview & Tableau Badge
  • Introduction to Machine Learning Badge


Meet & Greets are opportunities for students to network with employers and learn about their internships or full-time job opportunities! All Meet & Greet Employers will have active job postings by the date of their event, and they plan to provide a professional development such as tips for interviewing, navigating a new job and resume building!

September Meet & Greet Calendar

RSVP: Log into ACCESSUH > Cougar Pathway > Events > Filter “Type” by clicking the “Meet & Greets” box > Apply > Select the event > Click [Attend]

NOTE: All students who RSVP and attend will have their approved Cougar Pathway resume shared with the employer.

University Career Services is providing resume assistance via TEAMS now through Nov 18, Mon and Tue, 2-3:30 pm, and Wed and Thur, 10-11:30 am. Join Virtual Resume Drop-ins:


The UH Graduate School is organizing workshops on writing and submitting applications to nationally competitive fellowships.

Note that many of these fellowships are restricted to American citizens and permanent residents, but some (such as the AAUW fellowship) are open to international students. You can find more information about fellowships on the NSM Graduate Programs Financial Support webpage.

NIH F31 Fellowship Workshop – Sept 23

National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 graduate fellowships are nationally competitive fellowships for graduate students working in the biosciences in areas funded by NIH. An overview of NIH F31 fellowships will be provided and a current graduate student F31 fellowship winner will provide tips on preparing your application.

Date/Time: Thur, Sept 23, 4-5 pm

Register here

Presenter: Professor Clayton Neighbors, Moores Professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab

Writing Winning Fellowship Applications – Sept 28

This session will teach some of the dos and don’ts of writing competitive fellowship proposals. UH faculty members will discuss how reviewers evaluate proposals and will give tips for strengthening your own applications. This workshop is particularly recommended for students who are applying for fellowships or grants in the 2021-22 academic year and have begun to work on their application.

Date/Time: Tue, Sept 28, 4-5 pm

Register here

Panelists: Professor Julie Tolliver, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Hanadi Rifai, Moores Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean Research and Facilities, Cullen College of Engineering, and Professor T. Randall Lee, Cullen Distinguished University Chair, Department of Chemistry and NSM Associate Dean for Research

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a range of STEM and social science fields for three years during graduate school. The award provides $46,000/year ($34,000 stipend + $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance), and international research and internship opportunities. The award supports future knowledge experts with the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.


  • Fields of Study: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research
  • Applicants must be either rising seniors or first- or second-year graduate students
  • Plan on a Ph.D./research-oriented career
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


  • A three-year annual stipend of $34,000/year
  • A $12,000 education allowance for tuition & fees, tenable at any accredited US institution
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development
  • The increased freedom that comes with having your own graduate funds

Questions? Contact Dr. Ben Rayder ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Taking place during the summer, CLS is part of a U.S. State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity.

Languages offered:

  • Open to students at all levels, including beginners: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
  • One year prior study required: Arabic, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian
  • Two years prior study required: Chinese and Japanese

Who Can Apply?
Undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. Citizens, enrolled in an accredited degree-granting program at the time of application, and completed one year of academic study by the beginning of the scholarship.


  • 8-10 weeks of intensive language instruction at an overseas institute, fully paid
  • Structured cultural enrichment experiences
  • Academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College

Next Steps
Current and potential applicants for CLS can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by emailing Dr. Ben Rayder ( or Nimra Zubair ( in the Office of Undergraduate Research, or Dr. Richard Armstrong (, Coordinator of International Programs. These faculty and staff members also host a series of CLS application material workshops, to be held on Oct 1, Oct 8, and Oct 14 at 4 pm via Zoom.

Interested? Complete this interest form.