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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you’re an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Lauren Hadley headshot
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP as a Case Clerk, assisting paralegals with trial and hearing preparation for our attorneys.

Location: Austin, TX

“Understanding multiple viewpoints is crucial to being successful. An interdisciplinary education prepared me for working in the real world with other people who may have differing views and opinions.”
Lauren West
Major: International Relations and Global Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am a communications coordinator and accounts management director for CampHire Project, as well as a program manager and volunteer coordinator for Partnership for Advancement and Immersion of Refugees.

Location: Houston, TX

"The internships I completed as part of my BDP requirements were the most rewarding experiences I had throughout college."
Lily Morse
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

“The BDPs introduced me to my love for research….I would probably not be in a Ph.D. program now had I not been in the BDPs.”
Lindsay Dworman
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2010

I am pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.

Location: New York, NY

“I do not think I would have pursued the internship and research I did without the BDPs and the support the program and staff provided, and I believe these opportunities have been the most critical to demonstrating my interests and standing out in my subsequent professional and academic career. ”
Madalyn McDaniel
Major: International Relations and Global Studies
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I work as an AmeriCorps VISTA/Field Organizer for the Corporation for National and Community Service/Texas Hunger Initiative.

Location: Houston, TX

"I value the opportunity I had to gain knowledge and expertise in human rights and social justice from both theoretical and working perspectives."
Michelle McCloskey
Major: Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Language and Literature
Graduation Year: Summer 2007

I am the founder of Linguiphile, a non-profit organization that focuses on less-commonly taught, endangered, and diaspora languages.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

"The Bridging Disciplines Programs helped me focus on my goals and determine the trajectory of my graduate research and career."
Michelle Poehlmann
Major: International Business, Spanish
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 2012

I work for VMware Inc as a strategic sourcing manager. I manage the contracts, negotiations, and supplier relationships within the sales, marketing, and training categories.

Location: Austin, Texas

“I learned that having broad experiences outside your field of study develops you as a person, in addition to developing your career.”
Monica Ramirez
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Summer 2013

I am an air emissions specialist at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Location: Austin, TX

"I am interested in environmental consulting in the long run. I like the idea of mixing science with industry and policy."
Natasha Raisch
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I am an English teacher and grant specialist for AASRAA Trust, and organization that supports and educates children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Location: Dehradun, India

"During my time at UT, I valued the flexibility of my BDP experience, and today, I continue to admire that facet of the program, because I've reaped the benefits of having a certificate truly molded to my interests and aspirations."
Nida Virani
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am earning an MD at Texas A&M College of Medicine

Location: Temple, TX

“The courses I took for BDP allowed me to see the complexities of social and health inequities. I realized that simply wanting to make a change isn't enough; you have to understand the context of the issues you want to address.”