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.
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.
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.
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.
Ivonne completed the Children & Society BDP and completed a connecting experience in Mexico.
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.
During his internship with Urban Mining Company, Jacob Hethcock drew on his engineering knowledge to uncover removal and recycling methods for the environmentally focused startup. The Mechanical Engineering major, who is completing a BDP in :Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship”:bdp/programs/ice, also honed his professional communication skills and discovered a desire to incorporate altruism into his future career.
For her Creative Project, Jacqueline Hernández, an RTF major completing the Digital Arts & Media BDP, developed a series of artworks depicting the signs of the zodiac using the Adobe Creative Suite which allowed her to hone her style as an artist.
Digital Arts & Media BDP student James Rauhut set out to build a bridge between science and faith during his last semester at UT. His creative project, Alpha of Genesis, is an interactive web experience blending text from the Bible’s opening chapter with astrological, biological, and chemical images, among others. The experience not only helped James hone his web development skills, but also sparked meaningful conversations on the topic of religion and science.
Summer 2017 graduate Jasmine Barnes, completing her BDP in Media, Culture & Identities with a focus in Identities, Communities & Place, interned with the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement (LCCE)’s Alternative Breaks – Austin trip. As a Trip Leader, Jasmine developed curriculum on social justice as well as trained and led a group of students in exploring and documenting East Austin minority communities, highlighting their stories and experiences through short videos featuring interviews with community members.