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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

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

Events

The Department of Computer Science is hosting a workshop for all NSM majors on Thursday, Oct 29. Please register early to help them with their planning. This event is sponsored by Pariveda. (Flyer)

To enhance retention of women in STEM, the computer science department’s Educational Data Mining Group is launching “tutorial workshops” to enhance women’s skills in technology and to train women to become entrepreneurs through a series of workshops.

Virtual Workshop Details

Date: Thur, Oct 29

Topic: Twitter Sentiment Analysis Using Machine Learning

Presenter: Sofia Thai, Software Engineering Manager at Pariveda Solutions

Schedule:

  • 4:30-5:45 pm: Twitter Sentiment Analysis Using Machine Learning
  • 5:45-6:30 pm: Q&A Women in Tech Panel

Registration: Please register using www.bit.ly/UHWC4S (a Zoom link will be emailed a week prior to the event)

Tutoring

NSM’s Scholar Enrichment Program (SEP) offers free tutoring to UH students enrolled in the science and mathematics courses listed on the Scholar Enrichment Program Tutor Schedule. Tutoring is available for:

  • Biology I, II
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Chemistry I, II
  • Organic Chemistry I, II
  • General Physics I, II
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus I, II, III
  • Intro to Programming
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Science & Programming
  • University Physics I, II

UH’s campus learning center, LAUNCH, will hold various 50-minute workshops each week via MS Teams. LAUNCH also provides weekly tutoring sessions for various courses via Teams and group tutoring sessions for CHEM 1331, 1332; and MATH 1330. (see workshop schedule and tutoring flyer)

Workshops Held Each Week
The workshops highlight online learning skills. Different topics are held each week. There are also recurring/ongoing workshops.

Workshop Topics and Registration Information:
www.uh.edu/ussc/launch/workshops/

LAUNCH Online Tutoring with Teams
Information on LAUNCH’s tutoring services available on this webpage: uh.edu/ussc/launch/

Questions? Contact Laura Heidel at lheidel@uh.edu.

Undergraduate Research

The Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship program provides talented UH juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in a semester-long research project under the direction of a UH faculty mentor.

Students must have at least 60 credit hours earned by the end of the Fall 2020 semester and a 3.0 GPA. PURS recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to conduct a one-semester research project with their faculty members. All full-time UH faculty members are eligible to participate as faculty sponsors.

Info Sessions

  • Mon, Sept 28, 4 pm
  • Sept 29, 4:30 pm

Info Session Information/Registration and PURS Application

Deadline to Apply for Spring 2021: Mon, Nov 2

Questions: Contact Brittni MacLeod

Are you interested in doing research as an undergraduate? NSM’s Undergraduate Research pages give you information and tips on how to find research opportunities.

Connect for Research Opportunities
NSM also launched a webpage where faculty can post paid or volunteer undergraduate research opportunities. You can see current openings on the NSM Undergraduate Research Opportunities Portal.

Careers & Career Fairs

Have you ever considered teaching? The teachHOUSTON Program is an NSM Capstone that prepares mathematics and science majors to teach grades 7–12! While in the program, you will receive quality hands-on mentoring via convenient online instruction that will prepare you to be a successful teacher.

Qualifications for Program:

  • Classified as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Received a grade of B or above in Calculus I, and
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

Your journey begins with the first course, Introduction to STEM Teaching (CUIN 4397). View the teachHOUSTON Course Sequence for an overview about how math and science majors move through the program.

Key Benefits of Joining teachHOUSTON

  • Keep your major in math or science.
  • Add a math/science teaching certificate with no added time.
  • Meet your capstone requirement.
  • Try out teaching with one class (Introduction to STEM Teaching-CUIN 4397).
  • Seeking students from racially, ethnically, socially, and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Scholarships and paid internships are available.
  • Job security and satisfaction.
  • Average starting salary for teachers is $58,000.
  • MAXIMIZE your potential with teachHOUSTON – College of Natural Science and Mathematics Teacher Prep Program!

Questions or to Schedule an Appointment: Email tHadvising@uh.edu

Are you looking for a meaningful part-time job while earning your college degree? Give back to your community and become a College Readiness Mentor with iEducate!

At iEducate, college students serve as tutors and mentors in local 2nd-5th grade reading, writing, math and science classrooms. iEducate also offers leadership positions with pay bonuses that develop college students into professionals, better preparing them for the workforce!

iEducate is actively hiring for Fall 2020 and is hosting a virtual information session for you to learn more about the program and the application process.

Program Video: youtu.be/c0hFGpxzQ9s

Requirements:

  • Eligible to work
  • College student with a 3.0+ GPA
  • Commit at least 12 hours per week in the 7:30 am-3 pm window
  • Reliable transportation

What Program Offers:

  • $12/hour pay
  • Career guidance in the teaching profession
  • Invaluable leadership experience
  • Opportunity to have a transformational impact on a child's life

Apply Today to Become a College Readiness Mentor: Apply.iEducateUSA.org

Questions: Call 713-589-2427

Internships/Fellowships

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school.

Who Can Apply?

  • Eligible fields of study are: 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 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a Ph.D./research-oriented career, and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • NSF welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Benefits

  • Three-year annual stipend of $34,000/year
  • $12,000 education allowance for tuition & fees, tenable at any accredited U.S. institution
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development
  • Increased freedom that comes with having your own graduate funds

Deadlines: Oct 19-22 (vary by discipline)

Next Steps? Request Advising and Feedback
Current and potential applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by completing the NSF GRFP interest form.

Questions?
Contact Dr. Ben Rayder, btrayder@central.uh.edu, in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.

The Hertz Fellowship provides financial and professional support for graduate students in the fields of science and technology.

The fellowship includes up to five years of funding and allows applicants to pursue innovative projects of their choice. Fellows also take part in ongoing mentoring, symposia and workshops with the Hertz community of more than 1,200 fellows, spanning multiple disciplines, generations and geographical locations.

Eligibility

  • Must be a college senior, first-year graduate student in OR preparing to apply to a Ph.D. program in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

More Information and Application

Questions: Contact Dr. Ben Rayder at btrayder@central.uh.edu.

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More Information

Deadlines:

  • Spring 2021 Internships, Nov 6
  • Summer 2021 Internships, March 5