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Meet UGS Students

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Major: Nutrition
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government student Edgar Navarette completed an internship with the Equal Justice Center, a non-profit organization that assists low-income workers to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and the justice system – regardless of immigration status.

“The time and work that I have devoted to this organization and its cause have helped me find my passion for immigration law.”
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Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Ola Ukaoma, earning a BDP in Social Inequality Health & Policy, conducted research on the prevention of interpersonal violence. Through applied theatre, Ola used facilitation and journal entries to engage in a discussion of current topics specific to UT and other college campuses.

“My Connecting Experience is invaluable and emphasizes my dedication to improving the lives of others.”
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Major: Political Communication; Plan II Honors
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Public Policy BDP student Anna Catherine Alvis interned with The Center for Equity and Adequacy in Public School Finance, Inc, better known as the Equity Center, where she gained experience in many areas of public school finance.

“I learned so much by simply being present in the Equity Center office – the people I worked alongside were absolutely incredible and they took the time every day to teach me something new.”
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Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Emma Walker, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, assisted Dr. Eugenio Arima with a study on the effectiveness of aid-funded programs on development through geographical data collection and analysis.

“Before this opportunity, I was not aware of the amount of work and communication it takes to be a part of a project and now I can speak to the importance of organization, efficiency, and teamwork.”
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Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Children & Society BDP student Danielle Green interned with the Autism Society of Central Texas, where she worked with the community directly as well as helped to facilitate major events, including the featured events during National Autism Awareness Month.

“I have had a passion for working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a while now and having the opportunity to have hands-on experience with this community in Austin was really influential.”
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2016

Sunny Sandhu, pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, interned with University Health Services as the Sustainability Coordinator, developing and implementing a new sustainable waste model.

“This Connecting Experience showed me that social determinants of health, such as the environment in which a patient lives, impact health just as much as medicine.”
Briana Gray
Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media

Briana Gray is a computer science senior who has worked on video and computer game design. Her experiences in the Game and Mobile Media Application program and the Bridging Disciplines Program in Digital Arts & Media have led to her involvement in creating several games, both in group projects and on her own. This work lies at the intersection of creative activity and research.

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nathan Riojas is a senior mechanical engineering major who has taken part in research on a cardiovascular bioreactor.

Major: Speech Language Pathology

Whitney Barlow is a speech-language pathology senior who has conducted undergraduate research on stuttering and brain activity that accompanies the learning of new sounds.

Major: Radio Television Film

Camille Brooks is a Radio-Television-Film junior who has created graphic design and television production graphics for several organizations, including Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.