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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.

photo of Sofia Moreno Cesar
Major: Management Information Systems; Business Honors Program
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Sofia Moreno Cesar, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student, developed a series of animations exploring cryptography in the context of the digital era, exposing social questions surrounding data security, encryption and corruption.

“This project helped me reflect on one of the main lessons I have learned through the Digital Arts & Media BDP: in my future career and in life in general, it is not about being right, but about being understood.”
Stephanie Adriaenssens
Major: Public Health
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student Stephanie Adriaenssens tracked children’s health and planned lessons for them while interning this spring at The Miracle Foundation. Stephanie’s experience with this organization confirmed for her the importance of working on behalf of vulnerable communities. After graduation, Stephanie aspires to work in advocacy or the nonprofit sector.

“This Connecting Experience has solidified my plans to pursue a life of work in the nonprofit or advocacy world. After working on something so meaningful it would be impossible for me to do work that wasn't impacting the lives of those most in need.”
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."

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