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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 Edgar Navarette
Major: Nutrition
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Ethics & Leadership in Law, Politics & Government student Edgar Navarette completed an internship with the Equal Justice Center, a non-profit organization that assists low-income workers to achieve fair treatment in the workplace and the justice system – regardless of immigration status.

“The time and work that I have devoted to this organization and its cause have helped me find my passion for immigration law.”
Elijah Roden
Major: Government, Rhetoric & Writing
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Eli Roden conducted independent research exploring the relationship between emotion and reason in juror decision-making. Eli is pursuing an Ethics & Leadership BDP certificate with a concentration in social justice, politics, and law.

"For me, the most rewarding aspect of this experience was discovering the nature in which disciplines work together, that allows for a truly interdisciplinary approach to tackling issues."
Elisa Friedmann
Major: Biochemistry & Plan II
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2017

Elisa Friedmann, completing the Environment & Sustainability BDP, developed a interactive web application to present and compare water samples collected by the Longhorn Stream Team with those from high-profile data sources, such as the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. She also compared data received from lab testing to that collected on-site, to determine the reliability of citizen science testing implements.

“My connection to the Beach Labs has given me field and laboratory experience that has been invaluable during my time at UT Austin.”
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Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Emma Walker, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, assisted Dr. Eugenio Arima with a study on the effectiveness of aid-funded programs on development through geographical data collection and analysis.

“Before this opportunity, I was not aware of the amount of work and communication it takes to be a part of a project and now I can speak to the importance of organization, efficiency, and teamwork.”
Enakshi Ganguly
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Enakshi Ganguly interned at Texas Appleseed, an organization of volunteer lawyers and other professionals who advocate on behalf of vulnerable communities and constituents. The experience allowed Enakshi to apply classroom teachings in a real-world setting, and it reaffirmed her interest in pursuing a career in law.

“During this internship, I was able to use my theoretical knowledge and apply it to very real, local issues. It is one thing to read about a concept or an injustice on paper, and quite another to research in-state cases that affect me and those I care about.”
Erin Shilling
Major: Biology - Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Erin Shilling, a Biology major completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, participated in the Squam Lakes Conservation Internship program in Holderness, New Hampshire, where she worked to eradicate invasive species, educate visitors, and learned how conservation organizations put sustainability recommendations into practice.

“This experience definitely opened my eyes to how smaller, non-profit organizations can be crucial for protecting areas.”
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Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Erinn Wright conducted independent research on the prevalence of diabetes in Belize and the role various for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental entities play in promoting wellbeing. This experience allowed her to see interactions between public health and international development, her area of focus within her Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits BDP certificate.

"This experience gave me insight into a world I wouldn’t have otherwise had exposure to, and will leave a lasting impact on my interdisciplinary perspective and development throughout my career."
Farah Mithani
Major: Urban Studies
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Farah Mitahni spent the summer of 2013 interning with Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting, a firm that works with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

"From my Connecting Experience, I have learned that innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all aspects that can create significant change in the world."
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Major: Sociology & Neuroscience
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Fatima Frausto, a Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student majoring in Sociology & Neuroscience, interned with It’s Time, Texas, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing free programs tools and services to increase the number of Texans trying to live healthily. There she learned about health promotion at the community and organizational levels.

“There's a tremendous amount of work these organizations put into getting people in the community involved […] It's some of the most important work, and you're making sure the voices of your population of interest are being heard.”
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Major: Youth and Community Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Hannah Evans researched play therapy environments for children affected by trauma and implementation strategies for non-profit organizations curating a play therapy room. This research drew on her Youth and Community Studies major background and highlighted the Youth and Family strand focus of her Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit BDP.]

“Completing this project was challenging and frustrating at times, but I persevered and feel proud of the final product.”

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