Current Students

Important Dates & Holidays

AUGUST

16th-17th First Year Orientation Thursday and Friday
20th All clinics, externships, classes, and labs begin Monday

SEPTEMBER

3rd Labor Day Holiday Monday
15th OPT III & Externship Preceptors Meeting Saturday
15th-16th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
19th-25th OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
20th OPT IV Practice Management Class Professional Responsibility Lecture Thursday

OCTOBER

6th-7th OPT III Clinical Medicine Course Saturday and Sunday
19th-21st OPT III KMK NBEO Review Course Weekend #1 Friday P.M. - Sunday
No OPT III Clinics Friday afternoon only. All Friday morning clinics operate as scheduled.
24th-30th OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday
27th-28th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
29th OPT IV Practice Management Class Benedict Lecture Monday

NOVEMBER

3rd OPT II Mock Competency for Pre-Clinical Practicum Saturday
6th-9th OPT III & IV Classes and Clinics Cancelled for American Academy of Optometry Tuesday thru Friday
(does not apply to all externship sites)
7th-10th American Academy of Optometry Wednesday thru Saturday
17th-18th OPT III KMK NBEO Review Course Weekend #2 Saturday and Sunday
19th OPT II Pre-Clinical Practicum – No classes, clinics, or labs Monday
(does not apply to externship students)
21st-23rd Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday thru Friday
(externship students will have to verify exact days with their site.)
30th All externships, classes, labs, and clinics end Friday

DECEMBER

3rd-12th Final Exams Monday thru Wednesday
4th or 6th NBEO Part II (PAM) Tuesday or Thursday
(OPT IV students select one)

JANUARY

4th OPT II Clinic Orientation and White Coat Ceremony Friday
7th All classes, labs, clinics, and externships begin Monday
21st Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (UHCO and federal externships) Monday

FEBRUARY

2nd-3rd OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
6th-12th OPT I Exam Week I Wednesday thru Tuesday
14th-15th No classes, labs or clinics (UEI only) Thursday-Friday
14th-17th TOA Convention Thursday thru Sunday
TBD OPT IV Practice Management Course Professional Responsibility Lecture

MARCH

4th-8th 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
11th-15th Spring Break Monday thru Friday
18th-22nd No OPT 3 classes or labs; OPT 3 clinics will remain open Monday thru Friday
19th-22nd 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)
20th-26th OPT I Exam Week II Wednesday thru Tuesday
23rd-24th OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday

APRIL

6th Spring Awards Banquet Saturday
8th OPT IV Practice Management Course Benedict Professor Lecture Monday evening
9th Cornea & Contact Lens Service Orientation (for current OPT II students) Tuesday evening
14th UHCOpen House Sunday
16th Ocular Diagnostics Service Orientation (for current OPT II students) Tuesday evening
19th All OPT I & OPT II classes & labs, OPT II clinics, OPT IV clinics, & externships end Friday
25th OPT III classes, labs & clinics end Thursday

APRIL-MAY

22nd-3rd Final Exams Monday thru Friday
28th-2nd ARVO Sunday thru Thursday

MAY

11th Convocation Saturday

UH News

April 19, 2019
Researchers Report High Performance Solid-State Sodium-Ion Battery
By Jeannie Kever:: Solid-state sodium-ion batteries are far safer than conventional lithium-ion batteries, which pose a risk of fire and explosions, but their performance has been too weak to offset the safety advantages. Researchers Friday reported developing an organic cathode that dramatically improves both stability and energy density.
April 18, 2019
Can Discussion Change Attitudes on a Controversial Topic?
By Jeannie Kever:: President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border has divided the public along partisan lines. A multi-part poll by the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston will seek to determine how best to drive a constructive public debate on the topic.
April 17, 2019
Scholarship Program Aids UH System Students Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
By Chris Stipes:: A new scholarship program will assist students at the four University of Houston System universities who are still struggling to recover from the long-term devastation of Hurricane Harvey. A $500,000 donation from the Rebuild Texas Fund via the Qatar Harvey Fund will provide scholarships of up to $5,000 per student to a minimum of 300 students.
April 16, 2019
Could Robots Make a Documentary about a 5K Race?
By Jeannie Kever:: An engineer from the University of Houston is leading a team to determine how a group of mobile robots can be directed to document a 5K race, predicting likely events and changing plans based on real-time action. The work will ultimately have applications in a number of fields.
April 15, 2019
Survey: Voters Favor Increased State Spending on Education
By Jeannie Kever:: A survey of Texas voters by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs found strong support for increasing the state’s share of funding for public schools, along with support for increasing several targeted taxes to pay for it.
April 11, 2019
Getting Closer: Finding Out Why the Immune System Attacks Itself
By Laurie Fickman:: University of Houston biomolecular engineer Navin Varadarajan thinks B cells gone bad could be the culprit in Rheumatoid Arthritis, and he is the first to publish a comprehensive profile of the cells, moving closer to finding out why the immune system attacks itself in patients with RA.
April 10, 2019
$4.9 Million Initiative Addresses Racial Disparities in Maternal, Infant Mortality
By Chris Stipes:: The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work has received a $4,870,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to provide community-based and family-centered services and health education to residents in the 10 Houston-area ZIP codes with the highest rates of death and complications surrounding birth.
April 10, 2019
UH Students and Graffiti Artist GONZO247 to Transform Cullen/45 Underpass
By Sara Tubbs:: Students in the senior graphic design program at the UH School of Art will soon be added to the growing list of artists making their mark on the city. They will join famed Houston graffiti artist GONZO247, in a large-scale installation to beautify the Cullen Boulevard-I-45 underpass.