Faculty & Staff

Important Dates & Holidays


15-16 First Year Orientation Thursday & Friday
19 All clinics, externships, classes and labs begin Monday


2 Labor Day Holiday Monday
3 Mandatory OPT III D & I/Punctal Plug Workshop Tuesday evening
12 &14 OPT III Meetings with Externship Preceptors Thursday evening & Saturday morning
18-24 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #1 Wednesday thru Tuesday
21-22 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
28-29 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Saturday and Sunday


14 OPT IV Practice Management Benedict Professor Lecture Monday
19-20 OPT IV Practice Management Class Saturday and Sunday
22-25 OPT III & IV Classes and Clinics Cancelled for American Academy of Optometry Tuesday thru Friday
(does not apply to all externship sites)
23-29 OPT I & OPT II Exam Week #2 Wednesday thru Tuesday


2 OPT II Mock Competency for Pre-Clinical Practicum Saturday
22 OPT II Pre-Clinical Practicum – No classes, clinics, or labs Friday
(does not apply to externship students)
22-24 KMK NBEO Part One Prep Course Friday through Sunday
26 All externships, classes, labs, and clinics end Tuesday
27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday Wednesday thru Friday


2-11 2-11  Final Exams Monday thru Wednesday
3 OR 5 NBEO Part II (PAM) Tuesday or Thursday
(OPT IV students select one)
16 Deadline to submit all class and laboratory final grades Monday

UH News

November 18, 2019
New UH Law Building Named for Alumnus, Philanthropist John M. O’Quinn
By Chris Stipes:: The University of Houston has received a significant gift from The John M. O’Quinn Foundation to support the UH Law Center and construction of its new state-of-the-art building. In permanent recognition of the gift, the building will be named the "John M. O'Quinn Law Building."
November 14, 2019
Cougar Pride: UH Class Ring Statue Coming to Student Center
By Chris Stipes:: The University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) will unveil the new UH class ring statue at 4 p.m. on Friday, November 15 in the Student Center.
November 14, 2019
Global Climate Change Concerns for Africa’s Lake Victoria
By Sara Tubbs:: Global climate change could cause Africa’s Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake and source of the Nile River, to dry up in the next 500 years, according to new findings from a team of researchers led by the University of Houston. Even more imminent, the White Nile — one of the two main tributaries of the Nile — could lose its source waters in just a decade.
November 13, 2019
Discovery: New Biomarker for Cancer Stem Cells
By Laurie Fickman:: A University of Houston College of Pharmacy associate professor has discovered a new biomarker in cancer stem cells that govern cancer survival and spread, and it’s raising hope that drug discovery to kill cancer stem cells could follow suit.
November 13, 2019
Now Showing: ‘Kidnappers Foil’ at Blaffer Art Museum
By Sara Tubbs:: Gareth Long, a Toronto-based artist, is lifting the curtain on a dozen of Texan filmmaker Melton Barker's existing movie shorts in an immersive moving image installation at the Blaffer Art Museum. “Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil” will be on view from Nov. 16-March 14, 2020.
November 12, 2019
UH Wolff Center Tops in Nation for Entrepreneurship Education
By Jeannie Kever:: The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship within the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston has been named the No. 1 program in the United States for developing undergraduates to become entrepreneurs.
November 11, 2019
Race and Health: A Conversation with Dr. Joycelyn Elders
By Chris Stipes:: Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the first African American Surgeon General of the United States, will visit the University of Houston to discuss the role of racism on health care outcomes. “A Conversation on Race and Health” on Thursday, Nov. 14, will feature a keynote address by Elders, a fearless champion of social justice in health care and longtime advocate for the poor and powerless, followed by a moderated question and answer session with the audience.
November 11, 2019
New Catalyst Efficiently Produces Hydrogen from Seawater
By Jeannie Kever:: Seawater is one of the most abundant resources on earth, offering promise both as a source of hydrogen – desirable as a source of clean energy – and of drinking water in arid climates. Now researchers from the University of Houston have reported a significant breakthrough in splitting seawater.