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Live chat with UHCL alumnus and astronaut Rick Mastracchio

For the first time in UHCL history, we will have an opportunity to speak with one of our alumni astronauts live in space!

Make plans to join us next Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the SSCB lecture hall as we host a special downlink event with UHCL alumnus and astronaut Rick Mastracchio, ’91.

Preselected students will have the opportunity to ask Rick questions and learn about life on board the International Space Station.

As part of this very special event, we are pleased to welcome featured guest speaker Mr. Raphael Grau, Deputy Manager/External Integration Office, International Space Station Program. Mr. Grau will give us an overview of life on the ISS prior to the downlink and will be on hand after the event for questions and comments.

The event is open to all UHCL faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, but seating in the SSCB lecture hall is limited. There will be overflow seating available in Garden Room to view the downlink.


National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme - Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme.


SCE Dean's Scholarship
  • Masters in Computer Information Systems
  • Masters in Mathematical Science
  • Masters in Physics
  • Masters in Statistics

Tutorial Support: Biology and Chemistry
Tutorial support for biology and chemistry courses is now available at Student Success Center. To schedule an appointment, students need to access the online scheduling system (Schedule a Tutor Appointment) on the home page: Student Success Center or students can visit the Student Success Center on the third floor (SSCB 3101.2) and make an appointment in person. If you have any questions please call 281-283-2452 or email.

UH-Clear Lake gains approval for new Physics Degree
With the recent approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Houston-Clear Lake will now offer a Bachelor of Science in Physics. The program will provide a strong foundation to the current master’s degree already offered and set the stage for those continuing on to the collaborative physics doctoral program offered in partnership with the University of Houston. The new degree also provides more opportunities for potential students looking to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

“This is a very valuable degree if people choose to take advantage of it,” says Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics David Garrison. “There is a lot a student can do with it.”

Garrison says the new program will provide students with a strong educational background in physics, including the concepts and ideas that will allow them to create the career they want. Demand from students and the low number of such programs in the area prompted the decision to offer the new degree program. Garrison says this program finally gives local students coming out of community colleges the chance to pursue a technical career.

“Physicists at the undergraduate level are a lot like chameleons,” Garrison says. “They can tackle problems effectively; they can use their background to fit into engineering jobs and other areas. This degree opens up a lot of doors that people wouldn’t even think about.

Garrison says physics is responsible for many products and technologies the world now takes for granted. Physicists invented the alcohol and mercury thermometer, the digital computer, the microchip, transistors, artificial superconductors, lasers and even the Internet. Physics has made great contributions to medicine, space exploration, energy and transportation (global positioning systems).

“This new program is a welcome addition to a roster of offerings created to meet the needs of our students and the community we serve,” adds School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz. “We now offer a bachelor’s and a master’s degree that will seamlessly transition into the collaborative doctoral program offered with our sister institution, University of Houston.

“I’m sure that Dr. Garrison’s passion for physics and this new program will strengthen UH-Clear Lake’s School of Science and Computer Engineering.”

Offering a solid foundation in physics that students can apply to a wide range or careers, including aerospace, energy and teaching, the new bachelor’s program is sure to open doors for new and potential students with their eyes on their future careers in the field. 

“There are a lot of people who have wanted this program for years,” Garrison said. “What people will do with this degree when they have it — is amazing.”

For more information visit the School of Science and Computer Engineering’s Physics program at http://www.uhcl.edu/physics, or contact Garrison by calling 281-283-3796 or e-mailing garrison@uhcl.edu.

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