UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards is a clearinghouse for mentored research opportunities, national fellowships, and major awards advising.

OURMA serves the entire University of Houston undergraduate population. Conducting undergraduate research typically entails serving as a research assistant to a faculty member on an ongoing research project. This means student researchers will be responsible for one aspect of the professor's larger, existing research project. There are some students, however, who conceive of their own research ideas, and then this project is mentored by a faculty member.

Operating as usual

05/20/2024

Congrats to UH's newest cohort of Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholars! Fourteen UH students and alumni will have the opportunity to teach English or conduct research abroad in countries such as Belgium, Indonesia, Brazil, and Taiwan among others. Read more about our 2024 Fulbright recipients online: https://stories.uh.edu/2024-Fulbrights/index.html

05/14/2024

Are you a junior or senior wanting to go to grad school in STEM or the social sciences or currently in the first or second year of graduate study? Come to OURMA's workshops next month on applying to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! The NSF GRFP provides funding for the first three years of a graduate program as well as international research and internship opportunities. Our first workshop will be June 3rd at 4pm via Zoom. To register for any or all of our workshops, go to bit.ly/ourma-events

05/06/2024

Interested in teaching English or conducting research abroad? Consider applying for the Fulbright US Student Program! The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards will be conducting virtual workshops throughout May on various parts of the application. Our first workshop is this Thursday at 4pm! To register, go to bit.ly/ourma-events

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 05/02/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Cameron Le, a junior Biology major, has been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center's To***co Health Equity and Cancer Prevention Science (THE CAPS) Lab since Summer 2023 under the guidance of Drs. Maggie Britton & Lorraine Reitzel. Cameron presented her research "Addressing High To***co Use Rates at Opioid Treatment Centers through Comprehensive To***co-Free Workplace Programming: A Funded Clinical Quality Improvement Study Protocol" at the 2024 American Academy of Health Behavior in Savannah, Georgia.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply on our website!

05/01/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Kalena Holeman, a junior English Literature major, conducted research under Dr. Haylee Harrell as part of the 2023 Mellon Research Scholars program. Kalena presented findings from her Mellon research, "Notes on the Journey and Its Dantean Resonances in Twentieth-Century Black Women’s Writing: A Look into Gayl Jones’s "Corregidora" and Early Black Feminist Criticism", at the 20th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education in New Haven, Connecticut.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply on our website!

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 04/30/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Kevin Song, a sophomore Biology major, has worked with Magnus Höök at the Center for Infectious & Inflammatory Diseases at the Texas A&M Health Science Center since Fall 2022. Recently Kevin presented his work "Metabolic refueled HER2-CAR T cell therapy for NSCLC" at the American Association for Cancer Research 2024 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply on our website!

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 04/29/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Paul Daniel, a sophomore Biology major, participated in the Partnership: Careers in Cancer Science & Medicine (PCCSM) program at MD Anderson Cancer Center this past summer where he conducted research under Dr. Cheryl Jiang. He presented his work "Understanding Virally Induced NK Cell Memory: HLAs as a Potential Mechanism" at the AACR Annual Meeting and 2024 AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus & Poster Competition in San Diego, California earlier this month. Paul is also a Houston Scholar and SURF 2024 recipient.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply on our website!

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 04/26/2024

Major awards recipients and outstanding first-year students were recognized this past Wednesday at the Undergraduate Scholars and Major Awards Dinner. The evening featured remarks from Honors College Dean Heidi Appel, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Sarah Larsen, Ben Rayder from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards, and recently awarded Truman recipient Mielad Ziaee. Congrats to Max Rayneard for winning the Outstanding Fellowship Mentor Award and Thalia Sevajanes for winning the Outstanding Fellowship Applicant Award!

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 04/26/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Alexa Emmons is a Human Nutrition and Foods major graduating this Spring. Since Fall 2022, Alexa has worked with the Research on Emotion, Adjustment, Culture and Health lab under Dr. Cynthia Yoon. This month she traveled to present her work "Associations of Adverse Childhood Experiences with Adaptive and Maladaptive Eating among College Students" at the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference Expo in Grapevine.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply on our website!

04/25/2024

Have you checked out the UH Scholars Walk? You might see some familiar faces from our programs, including Kalena Holeman! Kalena not only has participated in many undergraduate research programs like Mellon Research Scholars, PURS, and FrameWorks but also supports programming for Mellon and FrameWorks as a student worker at OURMA. You can view Kalena's and other student researchers' profiles along the walkway between MD Anderson Library and the Student Center!

04/24/2024

Are you interested in teaching English or conducting research abroad? Join this virtual session hosted by Alexa Rowland from the Institute for International Education to learn more about the Fulbright US Student Program and how to apply! Zoom link: https:/utep-edu.zoom.us/j/88952680372?pwd=K2tpeXYwNVp5YlR2WUpaUFp6cnRFdz09

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 04/19/2024

Throwback to Undergraduate Research Day 2024! Last Thursday over 350 UH undergraduate students presented posters across MD Anderson Library and the Honors College, showcasing their amazing and engaging research. This event wouldn't be possible without our campus partners including the UH Office of the Provost, UH Research, University of Houston Libraries, The Honors College at the University of Houston, and countless others whose support makes this event possible. And of course, a HUGE thank you to all of our presenters! We can't wait to see what new and exciting research UH's undergraduate students accomplish next.

04/15/2024

Congrats to Mielad Ziaee on being selected as a Truman Scholar! Mielad is the third student in UH's history to be selected for this prestigious scholarship which awards students who demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to public service. Read more about Mielad's achievement here: https://uh.edu/news-events/stories/2024/april/04152024-truman-scholar

04/15/2024

⏰ Deadline approaching❗There is only ONE MORE WEEK to apply to the Fall 2024 PURS program. Make sure to submit your applications by April 22nd!

Photos from The Honors College at the University of Houston's post 04/10/2024
04/10/2024

Undergraduate Research Day is TOMORROW! Make sure to stop by MD Anderson Library from 4-6pm to see all the amazing research UH undergrads have been working on this past year.

04/04/2024

Undergraduate Research Day is ONE WEEK AWAY! Make sure to stop by MD Anderson Library on April 11 from 4-6pm to see all the amazing research UH undergrads have been working on this past year.

03/29/2024

Join us in the Honors College large classroom (212S) today and learn about applying to Fulbright! If you can't make it, fill out the interest form (linked in bio) or email Dr. Ben Rayder for more info.

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 03/28/2024

Congrats to PURS recipient Anisah Khan on receiving an honorable mention for her oral presentation at the 2024 GCIC Academic Symposium in Texas City. Under the direction of Dr. Jason Berger, Dr. Eunjeong Lee and Dr. Blake Heller, Anisah's work focuses on preserving plurality in languages of immigrant families.

Applications for PURS are now open! PURS applicants receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a part-time research project under the guidance of a UH faculty mentor. Applications are due on Monday, April 22. For more information visit uh.edu/PURS.

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 03/21/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 Lillian Pennington is a senior Biology major who has conducted research with Dr. Erin Kelleher since 2022. She recently presented her work on "Cracking the Drosophila Eggshell: Identifying Genes Essential for UVB Sensitivity" at the Allied Genetics Conference in Washington, D.C. Lillian was also a PURS recipient last fall.

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply: https://uh.edu/.../resear.../uh-undergrad-travel-fellowship/

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 03/21/2024

✈Research Travel🧳 An Bui recently presented on "What Role Does Brain Tumor Gene, brat, in Drosophila melanogaster Play In Hybrid Dysgenesis from P-element Transposition" at the Allied Genetics Conference in Washington, D.C. She worked with Dr. Erin Kelleher in the SURF program last summer and earned her bachelors degree in Biotechnology this past fall!

OURMA offers the Undergraduate Research Travel Fellowship to support UH undergraduate students presenting their research or creative activities at a regional, national, or international conference. More info on how to apply: https://uh.edu/.../resear.../uh-undergrad-travel-fellowship/

Doing More with Less: HSIs and the Recipe for Upward Mobility 03/18/2024

OURMA's Executive Director Dr. Ben Rayder was recently quoted in an article about upward mobility in Hispanic Serving Institutions. Check out the full article linked below!

Doing More with Less: HSIs and the Recipe for Upward Mobility A new report that shows HSIs offer more economic mobility for their students than more well-resourced PWIs.

03/08/2024

Reminder that the deadline to apply for HERE and SURF is TODAY (March 8)! Make sure to submit your application by the end of the day.

02/27/2024

Remember to submit your poster for Undergraduate Research Day by Friday, March 1! Go to uh.edu/urday to learn more and to submit a poster.

Why you should present at URD:
➡️ Show off your research work and findings to the UH community
➡️ Gain presentation and communication experience
➡️ Meet other undergraduate researchers from across campus
➡️ Get a really cool, red URD polo

02/27/2024

📝Application Open❗ The Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship is a part-time, faculty-mentored research program. Students receive a $1,000 scholarship and 2 points toward the Honors in Co-Curricular Engagement designation. If you are interested in conducting research in Fall 2024, make sure to apply online by April 22!

Photos from UH Undergraduate Research and Major Awards's post 02/21/2024

Houston Scholar Rosemarie Le was featured on the latest Provost Profiles. We appreciate the shout out to OURMA and the HERE program! Check out Rosemarie's full interview with Provost Chase at https://bit.ly/3I7KFJh

02/09/2024

Have you conducted independent research or participated in a faculty-mentored project this past year? Show off your work by presenting a poster at Undergraduate Research Day! Poster submissions are due Friday, March 1.

To learn more about submission guidelines and event details, visit uh.edu/urday

01/29/2024

📝 Application Now Open❗️ Looking for summer plans? Conduct full-time research through SURF! Over ten weeks participants will work with a UH faculty mentor to complete a research project, as well as attend a weekly lecture series. SURF is open to ALL majors. Go to uh.edu/surf to learn more and apply!

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Our Story

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards provides support, resources, and research opportunities for undergraduate students through faculty-mentored research programs. Research enables you to work one-on-one in collaboration with a faculty mentor, and to contribute to original scholarship at the undergraduate level. By participating in our research programs you will:


  • become a more flexible and creative critical thinker;

  • contribute to your academic discipline;

  • develop and hone your leadership and collaboration skills;
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