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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.

Cody Church headshot
Major: Political Communication; American Studies
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

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.

"Finding the connections between environmental and social issues through this project proved to be interesting, and I would love to pursue the subject further in the future."
Daniella Lewis
Major: Architecture
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

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.

"This Connecting Experience has profoundly shaped both my university experience and my future plans beyond graduation. I discovered and have started to explore my passion for food, society, and the environment."
photo of Danielle Green
Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“I have had a passion for working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a while now and having the opportunity to have hands-on experience with this community in Austin was really influential.”
Danielle Meyer
Major: Art History
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“This Connecting Experience has shaped my future plans by showing me I can use my creativity in unconventional ways.”
Major: Computer Science
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Dillon Gu, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student produced an animated short entitled “A Knight to Bear Arms” for his creative project requirement.

"I must say that working with a mentor as incredible as Ben Bays has been like nothing else I've done. Hearing his opinions, ideas, and criticisms helped me learn a lot, not just about this project, but also about digital art as a whole."
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.”
photo of Emma Walker
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.”