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.
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.
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.
Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
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.
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.
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.
Cody Church, completing a BDP certificate in Environment & Sustainability, undertook an independent research project called “Natural Burial: The Effect of Resurgent Social Death Practices on Attitudes toward Environmentalism among the Working Class,” which explored the funeral industry and possible motivations for a return to natural burial methods.
As an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, Daniella researched and planned the implementation of UT’s first micro farm, a continuation of the UT Community Garden project. Her research consisted of covering all bases to make the implementation of the UT micro farm a success, including documenting precedent projects from other university campuses, defining project objectives, selecting technologies for irrigation and pest control, and developing a calendar for garden maintenance.
Children & Society BDP student Danielle Green interned with the Autism Society of Central Texas, where she worked with the community directly as well as helped to facilitate major events, including the featured events during National Autism Awareness Month.
Art history major Danielle Meyer traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, for a summer internship with Endeavor, a global organization that fosters and supports entrepreneurship. While there, Danielle collaborated with another intern to design an entrepreneurship challenge for Turkish university students. This experience showed Danielle how to apply creativity to the business world, and it has encouraged her to consider living and working abroad after graduation. Danielle is earning a BDP certificate in Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship.