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.
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student Sarah McConnon spent a semester interning with the Colorado River Alliance, a non-profit focused on the conservation of the Texas Colorado River. This internship allowed Sarah to explore the intersection of her passion for environmental sustainability and her interest in the role of the non-profit sector in society.
Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Sarah Qureshy pursued an independent research study investigating prisoners’ rights within the English criminal justice system. Sarah’s experience conducting research reinforced the value of approaching complex problems from a holistic, interdisciplinary perspective.
Children & Society BDP student Sarah Song spent her summer interning with the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, where she managed a free summer event series for children and their families. Sarah feels the relationships she developed and the lessons she learned through this internship have helped prepare her for her future career as a health-care provider.
Sarah Talaat, a student in the Media, Culture & Identities BDP, spent the summer before her senior year researching the history and evolution of Wien Hauptbahnhof, the central train station in Vienna, Austria. Her firsthand observations of the site, along with her study of Vienna’s rich history, informed her research and helped her understand the significance of this site. Sarah’s experience conducting research reaffirmed the importance of exploring the history and meaning of the places and buildings around us.
Journalism major Selina Bonilla employed her writing skills and her passion for helping others during her internship with Latinitas, an organization that seeks to empower young Latinas through creative media and technology. Selina deepened her understanding of non-profit administration and community welfare, topics she is studying in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP.
Ethics & Leadership BDP student Shayna Goldblatt studied how sports can be used as a vehicle for grassroots peace-building and reconciliation. Using the Barkai Center for Education, Coexistence and Soccer in Israel as a case study, she investigated how sports can be used to develop leadership skills such as teamwork and communication as well as ethical values such as sportsmanship and fair play.
Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Simi Aliu spent the fall 2013 semester interning with Austin Technology Incubator.
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.
Sriram Palepu, majoring in both Business and Biology and completing the Environment & Sustainability BDP certificate, conducted research in India on the effects of mercury content on the fishing industry of the Godavari River. He focused on whether or not a correlation existed between fish mercury content and neurodegenerative diseases in the area of Andhra Pradesh, India.
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.