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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.


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

Biology I, II
Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry I, II
Engineering Math
Calculus I, II, III
Intro to Programming
Data Structures
General Physics I, II
University Physics I, II

Walk-in tutoring is provided in a relaxed atmosphere in a supportive environment by peer tutors.

Schedule and Courses with Tutoring:

Location: SEP Tutoring Center, Suite 56, Room 52A, M.D. Anderson Library (Bldg 509)

How to Get There: Enter the library through the back entrance (across from the Student Center), go down the stairs, and then follow the signs to the SEP area.

Questions: Contact


Have you ever wanted to fly research to the International Space Station?

To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the space station, STEM on Station will fund five payloads developed by college student teams to fly to and return from the space station.

NASA is currently accepting proposals for Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through Nanoracks and its educational sister company, DreamUp, who will provide payload integration support and training.

The Opportunity
Teams of students will propose research related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research. Selected teams are required to involve K-12 students (or a subset) as citizen scientists as part of their experiment. Teams are also expected to conduct educational outreach to engage communities in their work. All teams must have a faculty advisor who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Proposals Due: Fri, March 27

More Information: Visit the program webpage.

Webinars on Program and Research
Learn more about SPOCS, space station research, bacteria resistance and sustainability research by attending the following webinars with NASA subject matter experts. Recordings for each webinar will be available on the webpage for those unable to attend.

  • Wed, Feb 12, 3:30-5 pm CST: Overview of SPOCS and Space Station Research
  • Wed, Feb 19, 4-5 pm CST: Bacteria Resistance
  • Wed, Feb 26, 4-5 pm CST: Sustainability Research

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Apply for an NSM Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. The online application and instructions on how to apply are listed on this page:

Eligibility: To apply, undergraduate students must be in good standing at UH, be an NSM major, have a cumulative GPA in all UH hours that meets the specifications of the endowment, and have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.

Deadline: Fri, Feb 28, 2020

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students from the high school seniors to undergraduate students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, who are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000 per academic year.

More Information and Application: ACS Scholars Program webpages

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Did you do undergraduate research within the last year that was outside of the SURF Program? Then, it’s time to submit an application for Undergraduate Research Day. Undergraduate students who have conducted research projects within the last year are encouraged to submit a poster.

Online Application: Available on the Undergraduate Research Day 2020 webpage. Approved poster templates can be found on the Research Resources page.

Application Deadline: Mon, March 2

Note: SURF participants are required to participate at Undergraduate Research Day and do not need to complete an application. This application is for students outside the 2019 SURF program.

The 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Day will be held on Thur, April 2, from 4-6 p.m. in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library, and the Honors College.

NASA internships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Opportunities exist at multiple NASA Centers nationwide. One application can be viewed agency wide.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), full-time students

More Information:

Database of NASA Internship Opportunities:

Application Deadline: Sun, March 8

The Frontiers In Science (FIS) Program is intended to introduce students from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines, and to engage faculty in interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research activities. The Frontiers In Science Summer Research Internship is available to the undergraduates at UH and Houston Community College. Selected students will participate in cutting-edge science research in the field of biological physics during a 10-week program housed at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University.

Interns will receive $5,000 for the summer program and are expected to perform at least 300 hours of research.

How to Apply
Email a single PDF formatted file containing the following items:

  • Current Resume
  • Course List of All Science (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), Computer Science, Technology, and Mathematics courses completed to date (do not include grades)
  • Statement of Research Interest (minimum of one page) that describes and explains your current academic and professional aspirations

Send application materials to and include “2020 REU Application” in the email subject line.

Recommended Deadline: Sun, March 15

An initial review of applications will begin in March, so we highly recommend that you apply by March 15. Initial invitations for interviews will be sent by March 22. After interviews, students will be notified of their status within a week.

Additional Program Information: Contact Prof. Margaret Cheung at or 713-743-8358.

The 2020 NEXT Gen Energy X Program is now accepting applications. This dynamic and experiential six-week summer program is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy to enhance the representation of underrepresented minorities that pursue management careers in the energy industry.

Program participants learn about the vast energy sector and attain career readiness skills while working in interdisciplinary teams on innovation and entrepreneurship projects based on patented technology. Participants also tour Houston-area energy companies and start-up incubators, and are mentored by executives from energy companies.

Selected participants will have the opportunity to earn a $4,000 stipend. The program will be held June 8-July 17, 2020, and requires a full-time commitment.

UH STEM or business majors who are rising sophomores or juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application: NEXT Gen Energy X Application

Application Deadline: Mon, March 16

Questions: Contact

The NSM Alumni Association scholarships are open to incoming students, undergraduates and graduate students. Scholarship awards are given to students in all NSM departments.

Eligibility: Must be an NSM major in good standing at UH, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in all courses taken at UH, must have 24 or more semester credit hours remaining in the degree program at the time of the scholarship award. The recipient must enroll in, and complete, a minimum course load of 12 semester credit hours (full-time equivalent) in fall 2020 and spring 2021.

Application and More Information: (NSMAA Scholarship information near bottom of page)

Deadline: Fri, March 27

The British American Foundation of Texas was established to help provide financial assistance and educational opportunities to academically-gifted students in the U.S. and United Kingdom who otherwise might not be able to pursue their education due to financial constraints. The organization’s primary focus is in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Business.

The undergraduate award is intended for low-income families from Texas and is intended to alleviate the financial burden of college. This is a tuition-only scholarship awarded for up to one semester for the fall semester.

Scholarship Requirements:
Texas resident, enrolled full time, age 18 or older, GPA of 3.25 or above, financial need. Additional requirements are available on the webpage listed below.

Application Deadline: Tue, March 31

More Information and Application:


STEM Careers Week is an opportunity for students to prepare for the STEM Career Fair. See the list of activities here. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP in Cougar Pathway to reserve a spot! Space can be limited on specific events.

The UH Pre-Health Advising Center is hosting a Health Professions Fair. Students will have the chance to meet and network with admissions personnel and recruiters from over 60 professional programs from all areas of healthcare—medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, and more! Formal business attire is not required, but business casual is encouraged. Open to all students.

Date/Time: Mon, Feb 24, 10 am-2pm
Location: Student Center South, Houston Room

RSVP not required!

More Information:

The STEM Career Fair is open to all currently enrolled UH students. Students are encouraged to:

  • Bring multiple copies of their resume
  • Dress in business professional attire
  • Review the list of participating employers - narrow down the list and research the specific departments or organizations of interested

Date/Time: Tue, Feb 25, Noon-4 pm
Location: Student Center South, Houston RSVP:/p>

RSVP: RSVP in Cougar Pathway