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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.

Sarah Imboden Clawson
Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I am a graphic engineer for Apple Inc.

Location: Cupertino, CA

"Anytime anyone read my resume, they always wanted me to expand on my Bridging Disciplines Programs experience."
Sarah Nguyen headshot
Major: Pre-pharmacy
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015 (completed BDP certificate)

I am earning a PharmD at the University of Texas at Austin. This is a coordinated program in the College of Pharmacy, so I will graduate in May 2019.

Location: Austin, TX

“My experience in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits helped me realize that businesses run ethically and creatively can meet the needs of underserved populations while still providing a viable source of income.”
Sarayu Adeni
Major: Journalism
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

Currently, I am a Master of Public Administration candidate in Development Practice at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Location: New York, NY

"My BDP classes often felt like a physical connection to the outside world, challenging my prior knowledge of international development, politics, media, and business, while encouraging exploration."
Selina Bonilla headshot
Major: Journalism
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) Texas as a Development Associate. I carry out the implementation of fund development activities for RAICES. I am also pursuing a Master of Public Administration at UT San Antonio.

Location: San Antonio, TX

“My BDP certificate gave me the foundation to explore career opportunities outside my chosen degree.”
Shelby Carvalho headshot
Major: Government & Humanities
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I work for World Bank as a Research Consultant for education and labor in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Location: Washington, DC

My BDP experience allowed me to take advantage of opportunities across campus and provided me with resources and support to not only pursue meaningful research and internship experiences, but also to reflect and build on those experiences with the support of UT's faculty.
Steven Vanderworp
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am a media production manager for Campus Renewal Ministries.

Location: Austin, TX

"My BDP experience gave me the opportunity to get a well-rounded education in the different fields of digital media."
Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I am pursuing a master’s of public health degree in health law, bioethics, and human rights at Boston University.

Location: Boston, MA

"My BDP experience allowed me to understand how other factors (economic, social, etc.) can impact the health of an individual and a community."
Tabitha Wills
Major: Speech-Language Pathology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

I am pursuing a master of science degree in communication sciences and disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Location: Dallas, TX

"In comparing myself to peers in my graduate program, the Bridging Disciplines Programs have given me an advantage in understanding my clients’ diagnoses and more importantly, in understanding and implementing appropriate therapy strategies."
Talia Garza Garza
Major: Government, Communication Studies (Political Communication)
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Fall 2008

I am a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Location: Sheffield, England

"My BDP experience influenced my career path by providing the opportunity to witness first-hand Mexican foreign service and politics when I interned at the Mexican consulate in Austin."
Taylor Headshot
Major: Theatre & Dance
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

As a Product Manager at WP Engine—a WordPress digital experience platform—Taylor drives strategy and execution for the company’s developer tools which gives 60,000 enterprises and agencies in 144 countries the agility, performance, intelligence and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster.

Location: Austin, TX

“The projects I worked on during my Connecting Experiences gave me a portfolio showcasing how I could apply technology to solve real life problems. I leveraged that portfolio while interviewing with companies after graduation, which ultimately helped me break into the tech industry.”

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