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

January 17, 2019
New Thermoelectric Material Delivers Record Performance
By Jeannie Kever:: Taking advantage of recent advances in using theoretical calculations to predict the properties of new materials, researchers reported Thursday the discovery of a new class of half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds, including one with a record high figure of merit – a metric used to determine how efficiently a thermoelectric material can convert heat to electricity.
January 17, 2019
Conference Will Address Sustainability in Oil and Gas Industry
By Jeannie Kever:: Amid growing public concern about climate change and the impact of emissions from the oil and gas industries, UH Energy is hosting a conference to launch two initiatives aimed at helping the industry manage carbon emissions and better integrate concepts of corporate social responsibility throughout their business.
January 15, 2019
Your Brain on Wine and on Stage: Experts Look at the Neuroscience
By Jeannie Kever:: During two events this weekend, scientists at the University of Houston will capture brain activity and other data to learn more about what happens in the brain when people engage in different activities. One experiment will look at brain activity during a wine tasting, and the other will collect data during a stage performance.
January 14, 2019
Researchers Report Breakthrough in Ice-Repelling Materials
By Jeannie Kever:: Icy weather is blamed for multibillion dollar losses every year in the United States, including delays and damage related to air travel, infrastructure and power generation and transmission facilities. Now researchers from the University of Houston have reported creating a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface.
January 11, 2019
UH Industrial Design Students to Sell Products at Dallas Market Center
By Sara Tubbs:: Sophomores in the Industrial Design program at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design will sell their products at the Dallas Total Home and Gift Market in the Dallas Market Center Thursday, Jan. 17 – Sunday Jan. 20.
January 8, 2019
Unlocking the Mystery of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier
By Jeannie Kever:: A researcher from the University of Houston is leading a project to learn more about the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica and its potential role in global sea level rise.
January 7, 2019
Contacts at Night Can Reduce Glasses by Day
By Laurie Fickman:: Responding to the rising number of children with blurry vision caused by myopia, the University Eye Institute is offering a Myopia Management Service to correct and manage nearsightedness in children. It’s the first of its kind in Texas.
January 7, 2019
Innovative, Influential Abstract Artist Exhibits at Blaffer Art Museum
By Sara Tubbs:: One of the world’s leading abstract painters will display her work at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. “Rebecca Morris: The Ache of Bright” will be on view Friday, Jan. 11 through Saturday, March 16.