Join us at the University of Houston!

We are a community of outstanding chemists with diverse expertise and experiences. We are happy that you are considering becoming a part of us at the Department of Chemistry, University of Houston!

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Applications will be reviewed starting December 8. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be considered for Presidential/Cullen Endowed Fellowships. The application deadline for US students is January 31. The application deadline for International (all visa types) students is March 31. See here for how to apply to UH grad school, admission requirements, and FAQs.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

Stephanie Araiza

What do you like most about grad school life at UH?
"Everyday is different and I am constantly learning new things."

Where is your favorite place to go in the city?
"Montrose. The art scene and night life are always fun."

Best corner on campus (for work or play)?
"The Cullen Fountain Plaza behind the biology greenhouse. It's a nice place to escape if a day has been particularly hectic."


Anthony Keyes

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awardee, and Houston Endowment Recruitment Fellowship

What do you like the most about grad school life at UH?
"Being around a diverse student population on campus is my favorite thing about grad school."

Where is your favorite place to go in the city?
"Hermann Park for the gardens and musical/theatrical performances."

Best corner on campus (for work or play)?
"The Nook Cafe is a great place to read and also to relax."

Xihong Xie

Where is your favorite place to go in the city?
Hermann Park. I enjoy jogging and watching performances at the Miller outdoor theater."

Best corner on campus (for work or play)?
"The Student Center. Everything is at one location."



Lucas Karas

NSM Graduate Student Profile, and Jay K. Kochi Fellowship

What do you like the most about grad school life at UH?
"I like the diversity at UH. It's great to be able to hangout with people from all around the world, with different backgrounds and opinions."

Where is your favorite place to go in the city?
"Hermann Park or Buffalo Bayou. But my dog Fika votes for Buffalo Bayou because there is a nicer dog park there."

What are your favorite restaurants in Houston?
"Mia Bella Trattoria and Tamashi Ramen."

Breyinn Loftin

What do you like the most about grad school life at UH?
"What I like most about grad school life at UH are the social events planned by the staff and graduate student council because it give [us] a chance to take a break from the lab to enjoy a meal and mingle with students from other groups or are in other buildings."

Where is your favorite place to go in the city?
"The Galleria area is one of my favorite places to go in Houston."


Amy Cai (Alumnus, PhD '18)

Sichuan University, Assistant Professor

What did you like the most about grad school life at UH?
"I love the people in the department. Faculty and staff.
Everyone is so nice and helpful."

Where were your favorite places to go in the city?
Hermann Park is a great place to go for a walk.



Jun-Le Shih (Alumnus, PhD '16)

Chevron Oronite, Research Scientist

What did you like the most about grad school life at UH?
"Graduate school life involves studying, research, and teaching, and I enjoyed all of them. It's a time where you don't have to worry much about things other than science."

Where were your favorite places to go in the city?
"The many great restaurants in Houston!"

Best corner on campus (for work or play)?
"There are cafes at almost every corner of UH—the student center, the library, and many other places. I like to take one or two coffee breaks a day."