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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.

Bridget Bofinger
Major: Communication Studies
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Bridget Bofinger, a communication studies major pursuing a BDP certificate in Ethics & Leadership in Business, served as an internal communications intern at Texas Instruments the summer before her senior year. This experience allowed her to take ownership on significant projects, and taught her about a field of work that was previously unknown to her. As a result of this internship, Bridget is now focusing her job search on internal communications positions.

“The most rewarding aspect of my internship was the ability to own a project and see it from start to finish.”
Brittney Vanderwoude headshot
Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Completing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy and majoring in Biochemistry, Brittney van der Woude completed an internship with Circle of Health International in Austin, where she served as an executive assistant to the founder of the organization. She helped to organize and plan the “In Her Shoes” campaign, in addition to other tasks. This experience allowed Brittney to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of pregnant women living in crisis zones.

"My desire to help people has only strengthened through this experience, and I now have a clearer idea that I want to do that as a physician."
Brooke Johnson
Major: Studio Art & Art History
BDP Certificate: Museum Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

In her internship with Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Brooke Johnson, completing a BDP in Museum Studies as well as majors in Studio Art and Art History, deepened her understanding of the roles of curator and artist. In addition to coordinating art shows, social media and PR for the gallery, Brooke also developed an independent project reflecting on the artist-as-curator in museum spaces.

"The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was how well my coursework this semester has tied into my BDP experiences. I took an anthropology course that really helped shape the way I view curating and museum management."
Cameron Clark
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Cameron Clark, a Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student, conducted research on the complex and timely topic of police interaction with communities of color. He used the tools and methodologies of sociology to analyze ethnographic data on this subject. A Rapoport Service Scholar, Cameron will graduate in May 2015 with a major in sociology. He plans to pursue a career working to achieve social justice through the legal profession.

“I believe this research project has prepared me to apply sociological principles to the legal profession, which will be crucial in tackling the many challenging legal questions we face today.”
Camila Olmedo-Mendez
Major: Economics
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Economics major Camila Olmedo-Mendez, a student in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP, spent her summer interning at the Yunus Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While there she studied and analyzed social business models and gained firsthand experience with social businesses on site visits. She also had the opportunity to meet Professor Yunus, who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his innovative efforts to end poverty through microfinance. This experience has affirmed Camila’s desire to pursue a career in sustainable development, and given her confidence in her potential as a social entrepreneur.

“Being submerged in the social business hub, and having the opportunity to meet and interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, has made me realize I do have an entrepreneurial spirit and potential.”
Caroline Starling headshot
Major: Biology Honors
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Caroline Starling, a Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student, connected her interests in medicine and public health as an intern with the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas (WHFPT). As a Research and Evaluation Intern, she assisted with data analysis related to Title X funding and agencies’ financial sustainability.

"The Connecting Experience helped me to see the importance of public health research to improving population health outcomes and provided a chance for me to practice skills I had developed in my UT courses."
Casey Locey
Major: Social Work, Psychology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

"This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models."
Chelsea Berchon
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Chelsea Berchon concluded her undergraduate career by developing the burgeoning mobile application Budz. The startup, developed with a team of three others, will enable users to turn music listening through their phones into a social experience. Chelsea, who graduated in May with a psychology degree, deepened her understanding of various disciplines while attempting to build a company up from the ground.

“…working with Budz has expanded my understanding of the legal industry, finances, marketing, and so much more. Thus, it has opened my eyes for any job that falls into my path.”
Christine Edomwande
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Children & Society BDP student Christine Edomwande spent her final semester at UT investigating health disparities in urban versus rural neighborhoods in central Texas. In particular, she examined differences in the prevalence of childhood asthma. This was Christine’s first time conducting independent research, and it gave her the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills she developed in her statistics and research methods coursework. Christine, who graduated this May with a degree in human development and family sciences, plans to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on underserved and minority communities.

“My career goal is to become a pediatrician, however, I have become interested in achieving additional goals because of my BDP experiences…. In the future, I hope to tackle minority health disparities and reach out to underserved communities by providing these communities with education, resources, and access to preventive care.”
Clarissa Riojas
Major: English, Mexican American Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

Clarissa Riojas is a Children & Society BDP student who spent the fall 2013 semester interning with the Texas Center for Education Policy. She helped organize a conference to address the need for more Latino children’s literature in libraries and schools, and she also helped initiate the process of developing a Mexican American Saturday school.

"It was inspiring to see how collaboration between a group of powerful and passionate individuals helped to create change in the community."

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