Current Students

Important Dates & Holidays


3 OPT II MANDATORY Clinic Orientation
OPT II White Coat Ceremony Friday
6 All classes, labs, clinics, and externships begin Monday
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (UHCO and federal externships) Monday
24 OPT I MANDATORY  Inter-Professional Workshop Friday AM
31 OPT III & OPT 4 clinics closed (TOA Convention)
OPT I & OPT II classes and labs operate as scheduled Friday


30-2 TOA Convention Thursday thru Sunday


5-11 OPT I Exam Week I Wednesday thru Tuesday
15-16 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
24th OPT IV Practice Management Course Benedict Professor Lecture Monday evening


2-6 No OPT 3 classes, labs or clinics; all OPT I, OPT 2 and OPT 4 classes, labs, and clinics operate as scheduled Monday thru Friday
9-13 Spring Break Monday thru Friday
16-20 No OPT 3 classes or labs; OPT 3 clinics will remain open Monday thru Friday
17-20 NBEO Part I (ABS) Exam Tuesday thru Friday (test is a single day; students excused from clinics day before and day of their scheduled exam day)
18-24 OPT I Exam Week II Wednesday thru Tuesday
21-22 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday


19 UHCOpen House Sunday
20 All OPT I & OPT II classes & labs, OPT II clinics, OPT IV clinics, & externships end Monday
23 OPT III classes, labs, & clinics end Thursday


22-1 Final Exams Wednesday thru Friday


3-7 ARVO Sunday thru Thursday
7 OPT IV “Out the Door” Program Thursday
9 Convocation Saturday


11 All UEI clinics, classes and externships begin Monday
TBD OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
20 MANDATORY OPT III Multifocal Contact Lens Workshop 5-9 PM Wednesday
25 Memorial Day Holiday Monday


TBD OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
24-28 AOA Annual Meeting Wednesday thru Sunday
(All clinics and classes continue to meet as scheduled)—Washington DC


3 Independence Day Holiday Friday


7 All clinics, externships and classes end Friday

UH News

January 28, 2020
The Sales Academy Launches at UH
By Jeannie Kever:: The city of Houston has worked hard to improve its tech and innovation ecosystem, but a key element has been missing – a sales force specially trained to promote tech companies and their products. The Sales Academy, an eight-week program launched at the University of Houston, will prepare early and mid-career professionals to work in the technology industry.
January 27, 2020
Can Mindfulness Keep Offshore Energy Workers Safe?
By Jeannie Kever:: Can “mindfulness” improve offshore safety? Researchers will teach offshore energy workers exercises designed to help them focus on the moment and on specific tasks. Based on research in other industries, including health care, the researchers expect to find a link between mindfulness and better safety outcomes.
January 23, 2020
The Facts About a Wage Dispute Involving Quad Construction Workers
By None:: The workers at the center of the demonstration are not employees of the University of Houston. Regardless we expect that employees of contractors and subcontractors performing work on campus be treated fairly and in accordance with the protections afforded to them under the law.
January 22, 2020
$5 Million Gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to Fund Scholarships for UH Medical Students; Create Pipeline Program
By Chris Stipes:: The University of Houston College of Medicine has received a $5 million gift from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). The gift will provide $3.5 million for scholarships to at least 35 medical students and $1.5 million to create a pipeline program to attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in practicing primary care medicine.
January 16, 2020
Improved Brain Chip for Precision Medicine
By Laurie Fickman:: The Akay Lab biomedical research team at the University of Houston is reporting an improvement on a microfluidic brain cancer chip previously developed in their lab. The new chip allows quick assessment of the effectiveness of a cancer drugs.
January 15, 2020
Molecular Understanding of Drug Interactions Suggests Pathway to Better Malaria Treatments
By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have for the first time demonstrated what happens at the molecular level when two compounds known to inhibit crystal growth were combined, yielding new insights into malaria treatments and, more broadly, improving the process of drug development.
January 14, 2020
University of Houston Earns a Top Spot in U.S. News Ranking of Online Graduate Education Programs
By None:: The online master’s degree programs at the University of Houston College of Education rank among the best in the nation, according to the 2020 list from U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, the college ranked No. 8 for its online M.Ed. programs.
January 13, 2020
UH Researchers Solve a Scientific Mystery about Evaporation
By Jeannie Kever:: Evaporation can explain why water levels drop in a full swimming pool, but it also plays an important role in industrial processes ranging from cooling electronics to power generation. But determining when and how quickly a liquid will convert to a vapor has been stymied by questions about how – and how much – the temperature changes at the point where the liquid meets the vapor, a concept known as temperature discontinuity. Researchers from the University of Houston have reported answers to those questions, addressing 20 years of conflicting findings.