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Student Profiles

Click on a student’s name or picture to learn more about their experiences with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. To view student success stories from other UGS programs, visit the student success page.

Stephanie Cree
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Summer 2017

Stephanie Cree developed animated book covers for her Digital Arts & Media Creative Project, The World Inside . In redesigning the covers of some of her favorite books, Stephanie integrated her skills in animation and website construction with her passion for literature.

“My Connecting Experience has inspired me to branch out more. I think that digital art and media open the doors to many opportunities in other areas of study.”
Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

Suparna spent the semester interning with AIDS Services of Austin, more specifically with the organization’s Women Rising Project as part of her Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificate. Suparna helped to create, administer, and analyze a needs-based assessment of HIV-positive women living in the Austin area.

"This internship showed me the large economic disparity that exists in our country, especially when it comes to health care."
Thomas Hair
Major: Public Relations
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Thomas Hair, majoring in Public Relations, completed his Environment & Sustainability BDP with an internship at Colorado River Alliance, where he worked with the organization’s communications and social media as well as led environmental education sessions for middle schoolers in Austin ISD.

“It is nice to make a difference promoting issues I care about like water conservation and education.”
tonia wu
Major: Public Health
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Tonia Wu, a Public Health major pursuing the Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP, served as a health policy intern at the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C. focused on analyzing the policy implications of health care reform law at the federal and state level.

“This has challenged me to educate and improve my ability to work in health policy, which is more than what I could have gained solely from academics.”
Tony Keffler
Major: Latin American Studies
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

Tony completed the Media, Culture & Identities (formerly known as Cultural Studies) BDP certificate. Under the supervision of Dr. Frank Guridy (History), Tony researched queer Cuban migratory literature written by Cubans. Specifically, he examined how the literature captured queer identity of Cuban-Americans and their relation to the greater community of Cubans in the U.S.

"I have learned that working on a topic that you are passionate about makes a huge difference on the final quality of your work, but realistic and tangible goals are the key to moving forward with independent research."
Umair Khakoo
Major: Chemistry
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Iconixx as an Activation Consultant. I work on teams to get software from clients to then build the necessary framework and test it so that they can become “activated.”

Location: Austin, TX

“I believe that life after college is always interdisciplinary and work is not segregated into different subjects. Therefore, a diverse education has prepared me to thrive, adapt and grow in the real world.”
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.

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Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Digital Arts & Media student Vivian Nguyen explained infectious diseases, their causes, and preventative measures through her interactive infographic and animation, The Fight Against Infectious Diseases.

"Through my Connecting Experience, I was allowed to be creative with a scientific subject. It has taught me that science and art naturally coexist with one another."
Zackery Fernandez
Major: Mechanical Engineering
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Zackery Fernandez spent the semester considering social inequality in education. The Mechanical Engineering major pursuing a BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy researched the impact of charter schools relative to traditional public schools in increasing children’s access to higher education.

"This research article was the culmination of my experience in the Bridging Disciplines Program, tying together my experience growing up, my previous Connecting Experience, and my classroom experience.”
Zoe Labos
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

An internship at The Contemporary Austin offered Children & Society BDP student Zoe Labos an opportunity to learn creative ways of engaging children and families with the arts, a concept she hopes to take with her in her future career as a Speech Language Pathologist.

“Through my Connecting Experience I realized that I enjoy developing content for children's programming that encourages creativity and self-expression.”

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