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Meet UGS Students

Kate Mowrey
Major: Human Biology, emphasis on Genetics and Biotechnology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work for Baylor College of Medicine as a research technician. I perform a variety of experiments as a part of the Knock out Mouse Project (KOMP), which is an NIH-funded initiative to systematically generate mutant embryonic stem cells for every gene in the mouse genome, eventually using that information to generate new models for human diseases.

Location: Houston, TX

“My interdisciplinary education has whole-heartedly prepared me to pursue my next step of entering graduate school.”
Adam Zeiner
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I work for Razorfish as an associate designer, doing UI and a bit of UX design on a product team.

Location: Austin, TX

“[My BDP] helped me to view problems at both a macro and micro scale. . . It also helped me become more comfortable with collaboration and the fact that many big ideas can't be realized individually.”
Samuel Hagan
Major: Government, Spanish, & Portuguese
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for New York Life Insurance Company as an agent. I educate young professionals and families on how to build strong, protected financial foundations.

Location: Austin, TX

“My interdisciplinary education with the BDP was crucial in teaching me to expand my horizons as far as they could be imagined.”
Nidhi Reddy
Major: Mathematics, Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am currently enrolled in a programming bootcamp.

“My BDP experience allowed me to dip my feet into the intersection between art and technology, a place in which I am currently paving a path.”
Elisabeth Netherton
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I completed an MD at UT Houston and am currently in Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX

“In medicine, everything is interdisciplinary . . . An interdisciplinary education sets the foundation for this, and helps us learn to appreciate and hopefully integrate multiple perspectives in the care of our patients.”
Ashley Rivera
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Ashley Rivera, who completed her BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities in fall 2015, spent the summer of 2015 on the coast of Nicaragua where she conducted ethnographic research on the Garifuna people. Her research explored the unique culture and identity of a black indigenous population within the broader Mestizo population of Nicaragua.

“Through this Connecting Experience I learned about these peoples’ histories, lives, and experiences as well as how to conduct research.”
Alicia Chopite
Major: Economics
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a PLUS peer coordinator, Alicia works with facilitators and professors to promote academic success.

"UT has a surprising number of resources ready and waiting to help you succeed - you just have to utilize them."
Maria Benson
Major: Neurobiology
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Maria, a PLUS peer coordinator, facilitates valuable student/professor connections while leading study group sessions.

"I was so proud to see all of my facilitators engaging with me and our professor, testing the limits of our understanding, and appreciating the value of the course material."
Katlyn Hedgpeth
Major: Mathematics, Neuroscience, Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

As a peer academic coach, Katlyn motivates students by teaching study skills and relating to their struggles.

"Nothing will be certain, but that's what makes college so exciting. If you change your major, that's more than okay."
Fin Gao
Major: Biochemistry
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

As a PLUS Peer Coordinator, Fin helps new facilitators lead effective study groups.

"When everyone started contributing their ideas, the intimidating problems no longer looked frightening. It made us realize how strong we could be as a group."