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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.

Jacob Hethcock
Major: Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Honors
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

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, also honed his professional communication skills and discovered a desire to incorporate altruism into his future career.

“Through my internship at Urban Mining Company, I had the opportunity to witness the interaction of different disciplines to fulfill customer needs in an entrepreneurial startup, growing my perspective and preparing me for future interactions with coworkers of different backgrounds.”
Jacqueline Hernandez
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“Using all the new skills and concepts that I learned throughout my BDP experience really helped me evolve into a more mature artist.”
James Rauhut
Major: Management Information Systems
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

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.

“Overall, each phase of the project has pushed me to learn a new aspect of web design. This will be very helpful when I start my full-time job soon.”
Jasmine Barnes
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Summer 2017

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.

“This Connecting Experience taught me so much about my strengths and weaknesses as well as my passions. I know moving forward that storytelling, social justice and collaboration will be crucial parts of my life and potentially my career."
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Major: Studio Art
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Digital Arts & Media student Jasmine Uy worked with a team to create To the Core Again, a 2D video game, for her Creative Project. The game involved a puzzle platform with a plot centered on healing from emotional trauma. Jasmine’s goal was to focus on learning how to create assets for the game’s design and programming

“This project helped me be more confident than ever that this is the kind of career I want. It captures the essence of interdisciplinary teamwork, and I am so glad that I was able to experience that first hand."
Jeff Brown
Major: Economics
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Jeff Brown worked on a business plan for Traction Jack, LLC, a company that he co-founded with a friend while in high school.

"I recommend talking to as many people as possible on this wonderful campus. There is someone, somewhere on this campus that can help you get to where you want to be."
Jenna Creech
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

Jenna Creech spent her final semester at UT producing a documentary about the Austin Classical Guitar Society. As a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student focusing on art and social change, Jenna applied the skills she learned as a Radio-Television-Film major.

"I'm so glad I got the chance to experience the creation of a documentary fully on my own as a part of my Bridging Disciplines Program."
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Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Jennifer Agwagom, completing a BDP in Children & Society and majoring in Biochemistry, conducted independent research exploring the effects that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have on the birth outcome of an infant from a mother with a high ACE score. This allowed her to
examine potential generational trends and highlight the need for early intervention and prevention in children’s health.

"I realized that I have a very strong interest in public health in relation to social work and health disparities. [...] I now know that I want to start a clinic that will focus on early intervention in children."
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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.”
Jessie Neuendorff
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

Ethics & Leadership BDP student Jessie Neuendorff spent her final semester at UT studying native advertising on social media sites. She analyzed the difficulties regulatory bodies experience as technology shifts rapidly, and audience perceptions of quickly adapting advertising strategies. After completing her degree in May, Jessie will continue her research while working at an advertising firm. She eventually plans to attend graduate school.

“It took a lot of persistence to fight for this Connecting Experience, and it paid off. That's the beauty of a BDP: you can make it into whatever you want.”

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