We are collaborating with the Harmony Academy of Science (HAS) – Houston campus (an inner-city, state-funded charter school with 85% minority students) in providing research opportunity and mentorship to talented high school students to explore engineering as a career option.  We have hosted several 10th grade students, all minorities, to work on various research projects.  The students have presented or will present their research projects through the Houston Science Fair and Texas State Science Fair to increase the public awareness of science and engineering.  They will also compete in the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP), the Expo-Sciences International (ESI ) and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).  

Undergraduate Education/Research

The University of Houston (UH), located in the fourth largest city in the US, is the country’s most ethnically diverse major research university with more 50% minorities in its student body and is deemed a minority institution by the Federal Government.  We are developing an integrated research and education program that aims to increase the number of underrepresented students from diverse racial/ethnic groups who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering through active recruitment and involvement of graduate/undergraduate/high school students in scientific research and training.  

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UH Engineering Students’ Ride on NASA’s “Vomit Comet”

A team of UH “Cougarnauts,” comprised of Cullen College of Engineering students, were chosen as part of an elite group to participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, where they performed an assigned experiment during 25-second bouts of weightlessness in NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft: the “Vomit Comet.” The UH students studied the effects of freezing water in zero-gravity conditions. Now, we have a behind-the-scenes look at the "Cougarnauts" flight in near-zero gravity. Watch the Video!

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