The NSD Texas Institute takes place July 14-27 and is located at the University of Houston. Easily accessible from both Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport, the University of Houston provides a central location for students all over Texas and beyond to come together to work in an inclusive environment designed to help them succeed on the Texas circuit.
NSD provides students with Lunch and Dinner services. Students will be able to get snack and sundries throughout the day in the dorm at the many active campus markets, located in the dorms, libraries and classroom buildings. Breakfast food is not provided by NSD. Students and staff should bring granola bars, pop tarts, cereal, fruit and other ready-to-eat breakfast food to campus with them. Additional food can be purchased at the campus mini mart stores as needed.
Students should bring spending money. Generally, students will eat meals using their University meal plan. However, the meal plan does not cover free day, when an overwhelming number of students prefer to eat at a restaurant. In addition, there are some meals that students eat with their lab or mentor groups. These meals function as group bonding time, and groups often opt to dine out for these meals. Accordingly, students will need the ability to dine out for some meals. Beyond that, some students opt to dine out (or order in) more frequently than others. The amount of money a student should bring will depend greatly on their needs and preferences, but somewhere between $150 and $400 should be plenty for the typical student.
Student Supervision is provided by NSD Institute Directors, Administrative Staff and Faculty. Students are expected to attend all activities unless they are feeling unwell, in which case they should contact our Institute Directors, Chris Castillo and Jenn Miller-Melin. Attendance is monitored by staff. There is roll call in the morning and room checks at midnight.
General security is provided by the University of Houston Police Department as well as the 24-hour dorm staff.
Computer access and internet are available. We strongly encourage students to bring their own laptops.
There will be Free Day midway through camp. There are no classes until after dinner. Staff will provide students with the options of attending supervised outings to museums, movies, or local Houston attractions. Students can also choose to stay close to campus and take advantage of campus resources.