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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.