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Advising for Current Students

Your BDP advisor is here to help! Whether you’re looking for a great class to take next semester, thinking about the kind of Connecting Experience you want to pursue, or figuring out which BDP requirements you have left to fulfill, your BDP advisor is an important resource throughout your time in the program.

During your first semester in the BDPs you will be required to meet with your advisor at least once to create a plan for your BDP experience. Beyond that, we encourage you to meet with your advisor regularly for guidance in selecting courses and preparing for Connecting Experiences. Your advisor can alert you to courses you may not be aware of, check your progress in your BDP, and help you figure out how to integrate your BDP requirements with your degree plan.

It is important that you meet with your BDP advisor the semester before you intend to register for a research, creative project, or internship Connecting Experience course. These experiences take careful planning, so it is best to start early and discuss your plans with your advisor to make sure you’re on the right track.

BDP advisors are currently offering advising appointments for current BDP students on a remote basis. All current BDP students have been added to a BDP Advising Canvas page, and current students may schedule advising appointments through that Canvas page.

Meet the Advisors

Rebecca Buckalew Rebecca Buckalew, M.Ed.
Design Strategies, Patients, Practitioners & Cultures of Care, and Smart Cities

Rebecca Buckalew joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Nov. 2019. She previously worked as an academic advisor in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University after receiving her B.A. from the same department. Rebecca also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy from The University of Texas at Austin. As a student, Rebecca worked as a graduate assistant in UT Austin’s Office of Student Activities and the First-Year Experience Office.


Janelle Lim Janelle Lim, B.S.
Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Environment & Sustainability, Ethics & Leadership in Business, Ethics & Leadership in Health Care, Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government, Ethics & Leadership in Technology & the Media, and Public Policy.

Janelle Lim joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in Feb. 2019. Prior to joining the BDPs, Janelle was the program coordinator and teacher of a college-readiness program serving high school students in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.S. in secondary English education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.


Mollie Marchione, Ph.D.
Children & Society, Museum Studies, and Social Inequality, Health & Policy

Mollie Marchione joined the Bridging Disciplines Programs in February 2022. Prior to joining the BDPs, Mollie was the program coordinator and academic advisor for the Polymathic Scholars honors program in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin. She was previously the associate director of the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies and an assistant professor of instruction in the College of Liberal Arts. Mollie began her career with UT Austin in 2007, as the director of constituent relations, communications and development for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Katelyn Meza, B.A.
Digital Arts & Media, Human Rights & Social Justice, Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, and Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits

Katelyn Meza joined the Bridging Disciplines Program in February 2022. Prior to joining the BDP team, Katelyn was a library coordinator and summer programs teacher at a private school in Southern California. Katelyn earned a B.A. in creative writing and professional writing from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.