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Student Profiles

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.

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Major: History; Sociology
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Josue Teniente completed an internship with the Equal Justice Center where he helped share information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and assisted clients in preparing DACA applications.

"My Connecting Experience gave me first-hand knowledge about this field and sharpened my skills in order to participate in it. After my experience with the Equal Justice Center, my desire to pursue Human Rights and Social Justice is even stronger than when I started."
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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."
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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."
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Major: Biology Honors
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Caroline Starling, a Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student, connected her interests in medicine and public health as an intern with the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas (WHFPT). As a Research and Evaluation Intern, she assisted with data analysis related to Title X funding and agencies’ financial sustainability.

"The Connecting Experience helped me to see the importance of public health research to improving population health outcomes and provided a chance for me to practice skills I had developed in my UT courses."
photo of Sofia Moreno Cesar
Major: Management Information Systems; Business Honors Program
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Sofia Moreno Cesar, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student, developed a series of animations exploring cryptography in the context of the digital era, exposing social questions surrounding data security, encryption and corruption.

“This project helped me reflect on one of the main lessons I have learned through the Digital Arts & Media BDP: in my future career and in life in general, it is not about being right, but about being understood.”
photo of Ola Ukaoma
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

Ola Ukaoma, earning a BDP in Social Inequality Health & Policy, conducted research on the prevention of interpersonal violence. Through applied theatre, Ola used facilitation and journal entries to engage in a discussion of current topics specific to UT and other college campuses.

“My Connecting Experience is invaluable and emphasizes my dedication to improving the lives of others.”
photo of Nickie Harris
Major: Human Ecology
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Nicolette “Nickie” Harris, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, worked as a Communications Intern for Rainforest Partnership, an organization that works to protect tropical rainforests by partnering with people to create lasting solutions to deforestation. The experience helped Nickie focus her career goals on finding a position related to sustainability and communication.

“My internship helped me figure out the types of things I do and don't like to do in a work setting.”
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Major: Psychology; Communication Sciences and Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Mary Louise Cantu, a Children & Society BDP student, joined Dr. Catharine Echols in the Language Development Lab to help initiate a research study on children’s perception of the credibility of accented speech.

“The most rewarding aspect of this experience has been to work closely with a professor and fellow research assistants in a group setting, which I felt uncomfortable doing before.”
Karina Zemel
Major: Linguistics
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Karina Zemel, Public Policy BDP student, was an intern with Humanities Texas, a non-profit, educational organization that works to promote the humanities across the state.

“Examining the ways the humanities have been interpreted throughout the histories of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) showed me the importance of the surrounding historical and political context in the work carried out today.”
photo of Jenny Cale
Major: Finance
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Jenny Cale worked as an intern with Press, an on-demand cleaners startup, where she worked with social media, marketing, event planning and management of a student representative program.

“The most rewarding part of my Connecting Experience has been seeing the business idea and model evolve into a profitable business as we've fixed problems and learned more about the market.”

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