The University of Houston
The University of Houston - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||35|
|Avg years at University||3.3|
|Research Quality||B (6.6)|
|Research Availability||B (6.8)|
|Research Funding||B- (6.5)|
|Graduate Politics||B (7.1)|
|Errand Runners||B (6.8)|
|Degree Completion||B (7.1)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B+ (7.4)|
|Sufficient Pay||B (6.8)|
|Education Quality||B (6.9)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B (6.9)|
|Useful Research||B (7.1)|
|"Individual" treatment||B (6.6)|
|Campus Beauty||B+ (7.8)|
|Campus Maintenance||B+ (7.7)|
|University Resource/spending||B (7.1)|
|Surrounding City||A- (8.7)|
|Social Life/Environment||B (6.9)|
Here is a list of yearly expenses-
Rent $ 10200
Health insurance $2096
Car insurance $ 960
Ph bill $300
Gas $ 1200So, I am left with only $90 per month to do the rest of the things, or do not live a decent life at all. Should I feel lucky that at least I have a roof on my head?
After my experience at UH-ChBE, I can definitely say that US News rankings of this program don't reflect the program quality. The NRC rankings (that put this doctoral program in top 20) do a better job at accessing the real potential that this program has. While landing a suitable job requires some effort, most of the doctoral candidates have an offer or two before walking at the commencement ceremony. If you have a background in Chemical Engineering, I don't have to explain you why Houston is the best place to be. I myself had a summer internship at an Oil & Gas super-major, and later on found R&D position in Houston.
Ph.D. life isn't easy... I guess that's how it's supposed to be. Ask any graduate student nearing graduation and you might hear a lost of reasons why you should not be doing Ph.D., but that feeling does go away. What really matters is the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment you get when you look back at all that you did during those years. I really feel proud for all the publications and research that I have done and for that I am thankful to the support provided by the UH ChBE Professors and peers.The UH-ChBE doctoral program is an underdog, usually rated much lower than it actually deserves to be. If you are considering doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering, I'll unequivocally recommend you considering University of Houston - Main Campus.
- Great research opportunities,
- Kind and helpful staff,
- Amazing recreation center (it has the biggest gym I`ve ever seen) and lots of activities,
- Employment opportunities, etc...
And the good news is UH is getting Tier-one research school very soon :)
Stay away from Dr. Yuasa. He doesn't speak English. It was a struggle. You have to take one class from him to graduate.
It is true that you get what you put in, but I don't know whether that makes things better. I would only join this program if you get a T.A. job and then never work for Yuasa. I graduated just fine and made good time. I'm still looking for work. I've applied to 12 jobs in two months and I'm still waiting to get a first interview. Hope this helps someone out there:)
one faculty actually said once: you must not take courses that prepare you for the future or you feel interesting you should take what we tell you to take!!
2nd most of trhe faculty here dont have money! I guess because they are self absorbed and crybabies that they cant follow whats going on in research to get grants but instead keep on cursing NIH because "the director is an MD and doesn't understand research" how pathetic is that?
now the department if full of politics and turf wars even though its a pathetic department with such a bad overall ranking among departments!! you can check out the statistics.
three new professors are now in charge of the graduate committee and again all that they care about is proving they are better than previous profs and controlling students. plus they, and thats from personal experience, will twist the rules lie and bully junior faculty into doing whatever they want just because they dont like you or feel they need to teach you a lesson!! its scary I am not kidding
pay is the lowest among all Texas schools!! and most probably you have to teach because most profs are bad at what they do so they don't have money, and yet they expect you to be in the lab all week!!! and weekends, which is fine if you were at a decent school or doing decent research or even if you feel they care for your general welfare but they dont give a damn!
overall it was bad decision to come here but when I joined things werent as bad, the department is headed in the wrong direction because of the "new management" so if you can find a place anywhere else do yourself a favour and dont join here unless you very desperate and cant go anywhere else, because in this department its all aboutthem and you or your future career isnt wortha nickle to them.
Don't even ask me about TA. They ask you to work like a slave for a monthly TAship of $1650. And moreinterestingly in a year you have to end up paying $3000 approx for tution fees. Now you understand what they pay............
The profs are as expected with there junk projects have no grants for years and they are not bothered about. They are all tenured and old FUCKING guys sucking the salary of prof and have no output.
Well they have two qualifier as if it is Harvard. And if u can't satisfy your FUCKING prof you are more likely to go out with a MS.
So if you are`planing for a PhD then please don't join here. Life sucks here. Believe me.
this place reeks ghetto. the student body is diverse. but all the students are extremely trashy and ignorant. all they care about is partying and getting drunk. just take a walk aroiund campus you will see what i mean.
the course work here is extremely easy if you have any iq at all. Its designed that way to keep these trashy ghetto students from failing. my friend was a math teacher and he told me about some guys on foot ball scholarships not knowing how to use a calculator in their junior year.if you want any kind of successful career stay far away from this place. except for the law school and perhaps optometry the rest of the programs are way below average. IF you want a career at walmart or target as an assistant cashier or any other low paid job then this is the place for you.
In terms of the administration of the whole school, I'll give 6 out of 10. I remember only for the school ID, I went to UC for 4 times. Almost took me whole afternoon. Don't mention other chaotic situations. Only one thing, if you are an international student, you might want to come, since they have very good international center. Very nice people over there. So, my main point is if you have other schools to go to, don't come here.