Faculty & Staff

Important Dates & Holidays


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


11th Convocation Saturday

UH News

May 21, 2019
Female Firefighters More Likely to Suffer PTSD, Contemplate Suicide
By Laurie Fickman:: Female firefighters are fighting for their mental health as they perform their grueling duties. A University of Houston psychologist is reporting that one-fifth of female firefighters in a large, urban fire department experience post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and are at higher risk of contemplating suicide than their male colleagues. Until now, little has been known regarding the mental health of female firefighters.
May 21, 2019
Solving a Scientific Mystery and Finding a Solution for Industry
By None:: In solving a scientific mystery, researchers from the University of Houston and the nation’s national laboratories also discovered a new avenue for clearing toxins from water, including wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing.
May 20, 2019
Generational Differences Point to a Changing Texas
By Shawn Lindsey:: A survey by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs found that while Texas voters agree on major school finance issues facing the Legislature – “yes” to increased state spending and limiting property tax increases, “no” to paying for that with a higher sales tax – there are sharp generational differences, suggesting a possible shift in key traditional Texas attitudes.
May 17, 2019
Follett Higher Education Group to Modernize, Manage UH System Campus Store Locations
By Shawn Lindsey:: The University of Houston System Board of Regents has approved a contract with Follett Higher Education Group to manage six campus retail locations across the UH System’s four universities. With the switch comes new affordability options for course materials, fresh merchandise and integrated online services and learning materials for students.
May 15, 2019
Single-Chain Insulin Would Change Dosage, Production
By Jeannie Kever:: A researcher from the University of Houston has created a form of recombinant insulin that could potentially address some of the biggest concerns about the lifesaving drug, including its price.
May 15, 2019
Post-release Movie Piracy Creates Buzz that Drives Box Office Sales Up
By Laurie Fickman:: Movie pirates boost box office buzz and bottom line. Findings by a University of Houston marketing researcher might have movie producers reconsidering their attitudes about movie piracy – illegal downloads occurring after a movie’s release increase a movie’s word of mouth, or buzz, and are likely to increase box office sales by 3%.
May 14, 2019
Companies Move to Houston, UH Technology Bridge
By Jeannie Kever:: As Houston builds its innovation ecosystem, two of the latest companies to commit to the city have moved into the University of Houston’s Technology Bridge. Oleon, which converts natural fats and oils into a wide range of oleochemical products, and Saratech, a California-based engineering, software, services and 3D printer sales company, have offices and lab space at the Bridge.
May 9, 2019
Healthy Competition: Houston Students Tackle Real Community Health Issues
By Chris Stipes:: If you had $5 million, how would you prepare for and respond to the next hurricane to improve the quality of life for Houston residents? That’s the thought-provoking question facing local high school students participating in a new University of Houston mentorship program and competition focused on solving important community health issues.