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Completing Connecting Experiences

Once your Connecting Experience is approved, you can get to work. There are a few BDP requirements you will need to fulfill in order to complete the experience and receive credit toward your certificate.

Required Check-ins

These check-ins give you the opportunity to communicate with advisors about how your experience is going and to troubleshoot any problems you may be having. At a Writing Workshop, you’ll also learn about writing the required reflection essay, how to build on your experience, and opportunities for sharing your project with others.

  • The initial and mid-semester Check-ins are online, and the Writing Workshop is an in-person meeting
  • BDP will notify you via email about the Check-ins and the Writing Workshop
  • For students participating in Connecting Experiences outside of Austin or over the summer, email contact with your advisor may substitute for attending the Writing Workshop

Reflection Essay

  • Students completing a Connecting Experience MUST write a Reflection Essay. These essays are always due on the last class day of the semester. See our calendar for exact dates.
  • Use this prompt (PDF) to write your Reflection Essay.
  • You can upload your essay using our online submission form.

BDP Poster Session

  • UT’s Office of Undergraduate Research works with the BDP office to provide workshops and consultation on how to make a scholarly poster to present your research or internship.
  • Creative Projects can presented on laptops at the Poster Session.
  • All BDP students are strongly encouraged to present your work at the annual BDP Poster Session in the Spring semester.

Grade Requirements

  • In order for your Connecting Experience to count toward your certificate you must earn at least a C- for the experience.
  • For BDP 320, 320F, 321 faculty mentors will receive email notification about how and when to submit grades.
  • If you earn an incomplete for the semester you should contact your BDP advisor and faculty mentor to establish a plan for finishing the experience and earning your grade.