Cristobella Durrette


University of Houston Honors College- Houston, TX

Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, minor in Studio Art | GPA: 3.69/4.0

Projected Graduation Date: 

May 2021


Various Positions: The Cougar- University of Houston

  • Contributing Writer

    • Write articles on University of Houston news on a deadline

    • Take photographs to accompany articles and to aid in storytelling

    • Creating and gathering multimedia content

  • Managing Editor

    • Collaborated with an editorial board of other students to put out digital daily content and a weekly print product

    • Edited articles daily in accordance with AP style standards

    • Wrote articles to contribute to daily quotas

Journal Editor: Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (UReCA) journal

  • edit research and creative work submissions on a deadline

  • create marketing materials to encourage submission and promote the journal

  • Attended a three-day editing intensive with other editors and program coordinators

Communications Intern: Smithsonian Institute Office of Protection Services

  • Documented the experiences of security officers at the largest museum and research complex in the world using photography and writing 

  • Developed a multimedia content package to inform Smithsonian staff about internal institutional affairs

Managing Editor: Transitions Magazine- University of Houston, Houston, TX

  • Managed a staff of writers and photographers

  • Edited fifteen articles for publication

  • Assisted in assembling page layouts

Managing Editor: Houstonian Magazine- University of Houston, Houston, TX

  • Managed a staff of writers and photographers

  • Edited ten articles for publication

  • Assisted in assembling page layouts

Artist Assistant: Chu Art Gallery- Houston, TX

  • Assisted in putting on art openings and studio events

  • Created marketing materials for events

  • Edited artist statements


Professional Development

February 2018-present

July 2019-present

September 2018-May 2019

June 2019-present

May-June, 2019

February-April, 2019

February-April, 2019

April 2015-June 2018

Frameworks Program Fellow: University of Houston Honors College

  • A selective co-curricular program that allows undergraduates to conduct research in and craft critical essays on the interdisciplinary humanities.

Create Comics course: Center for Cartoon Studies

  • Created a comic on a deadline

  • Collaborate with other cartoonists to create artwork

Digital Scholarship Institute: University of Houston Digital Research Commons

  • Learned how to use digital humanities tools and methods

  • Planned a digital research scholarship project

Houston Early Research Experience (HERE): University of Houston Honors College

  • Conducted research on carbon emissions in Houston

  • Collaborated with other humanities students to create a solution to reduce carbon emissions

  • Presented research at the Grand Challenges Forum Honors College lecture series

September 2019-May 2020

July 15-19, 2019

March 15-19, 2019

May 14-25, 2018

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Houston Scholars Program

Sigma Tau Delta member

Prometheus Charitable Trust Scholarship

Distinguished Sophomore Leadership Award nominee

1,000 Years of Honors scholarship

Honors College Scholarship

Dean’s List



Fall 2018-present

April 2019-present

Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

2010 - present

Digital Skills: Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop

Artistic Skills: DSLR photography, illustration

2010 - present

Cristobella Durrette 2019.

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