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Meet UGS Students

photo of Anna Catherine Alvis
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.”
photo of Mary Cantu
Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Mary Louise Cantu, a Children & Society BDP student, joined Dr. Catharine Echols in the Language Development Lab to help initiate a research study on children’s perception of the credibility of accented speech.

“The most rewarding aspect of this experience has been to work closely with a professor and fellow research assistants in a group setting, which I felt uncomfortable doing before.”
Sandhu
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.

Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media

Briana Gray is a computer science senior who has worked on video and computer game design through the Bridging Disciplines Programs.

Jessica Norriss
Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for CUAHSI, Inc. as a GIS/Data Analyst. I am also earning a joint M.A./M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering/urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.

Location: Boston, MA

“Everything I do is incredibly interdisciplinary; the importance of valuing a variety of skill sets can not be understated.”
Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work for BookSpring as the Schools and Libraries Partner Manager. I manage book giveaway programs in over 30 local Title 1 Elementary Schools.

Location: Austin, TX

“I am now able to view challenges from different perspectives and think more critically about how to solve them.”

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