Graduate students enter the UH Environmental Engineering Program from a variety of academic backgrounds, including engineering, biology, chemistry, and geology. Currently the group numbers about 50, split into about 70% full- and 30% part-time students. A graduate student organization sponsors social functions and meets regularly to discuss the ongoing research in the program. Often, the students attend local, state, and national meetings as a group.
The University of Houston, Rice University, the University of Texas and Texas A&M University jointly host the Kappe and AEESP lectures. These lectures feature nationally recognized scientists and practitioners. The lectures rotate among the schools, thus graduate students have a chance to visit each of the environmental engineering programs at the four large programs in Texas.
The Cullen College of Engineering also sponsors many social activities during the school year.