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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.

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."
frausto, fatima
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.”
Heather Henry
Major: Communication Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Heather Henry, a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student, learned fundraising strategies and ethics as a development intern for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas (RMHC). After finishing her communication studies degree next spring, Heather plans to attend graduate school and then work in the nonprofit world, ultimately hoping to lead an organization.

“This internship has solidified for me that I would like to work in nonprofit administration, and it has helped me to realize that I am passionate about fundraising for a mission that means something to me.”
Hyojung "Joomi" Lee
Major: Art History
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Summer 2015

Joomi Lee, an art history major pursing a Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate, sought a way to apply her digital art skills within an art history context. The result: her creative project, a 3D digital rendering of an ancient Buddhist monument that was destroyed by war in 2001. While working on this project, Joomi discovered her calling; she now hopes to pursue a career in digital restoration.

“I was thrilled that this project would yield the opportunity of connecting historical research and digital production with my imagination, all at the same time.”
Ivi Brown
Major: Social Work
BDP Certificate: Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

Ivi took an ethnographic approach to study the social situation of Kayayei, a group of displaced, mistreated tribal women in Ghana for her Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP certificate. To this end, she worked with NGOs while in Ghana and interviewed political officials. She wrote a paper outlining her interviews and the situation of the Kayayei.

"This life-changing experience has allowed me to develop a more in-depth understanding about the complexities that lie within issues such as the Kayayei conflict and the various paradigms involved."
Ivonne Estrella
Major: Psychology and Linguistics
BDP Certificate: Children & Society

Ivonne completed the Children & Society BDP and completed a connecting experience in Mexico.

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Major: English
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Jaclyn Davison, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability and majoring in English, spent the summer of 2017 studying abroad in Botswana. While there, she conducted additional research, evaluating the sustainability and eco footprint of the faculty-led program Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Human Dynamics.

“I really want to continue to work with people and cultures, understanding how society influences the environment and vice versa.”