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