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.
Katie Kindle, a Biology major focused on the Public Health strand of the Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP certificate, conducted research on predicting and preventing the Zika virus, under the supervision of Dr. Sahotra Sarkar. She learned about the function of research in the creation of preventative measures for maintaining and improving public health.
Kelsey Mumford, majoring in Nursing and Biology and completing the Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP, conducted a literature review on the effects of case management in faith-based settings on the health of black, lower-income adults, which will be be used later in the year as part of a larger pilot study in East Austin. Kelsey analyzed case management as a tool to decrease racial health disparities and created a poster to present her findings.
Kevin interned with Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Rwanda to meet requirements for his Global Studies certificate. In Bosnia, he worked within regions acutely affected by the Bosnian war to help local NGO’s and government agencies craft educational workshops focused on collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution strategies. In Rwanda, Kevin interned with FACEAIDS and helped conduct site visits and service learning activities.
Radio-Television-Film major and Media, Culture & Identities (formerly known as Cultural Studies) BDP student Kirsten Baumann explored gender representation in British television shows that target teen audiences.
Digital Arts & Media BDP student Kyle Nielsen worked collaboratively with a team of students in the 2D Game Development Capstone course to produce a working and highly-polished original video game over the course of one semester.
Laura Hebert, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student spent fall 2013 researching the City of Austin’s recycling plan and how it will affect bars and businesses in downtown Austin.
As part of her Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP certificate, Laura spent the summer of 2011 abroad in Australia interning with the Cheeky Foods Group, a company that offers group cooking classes as team building events. Laura helped to organize special events, generate content for the Cheeky Foods Group website, and design marketing and advertising materials.
Environment & Sustainability BDP student Lily Hayes worked this spring to make the Forty Acres a more beautiful and sustainable place. An intern with the UT Landscape Services Division of Urban Forestry, Lily catalogued and mapped campus trees and assisted in assuring that trees removed from campus were repurposed. She now feels more prepared to pursue a career in energy and resource management, conservation, or environmental justice.
Sophomore Public Policy BDP student Lindsey Pearlstein spent a semester interning with the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP). The experience helped Lindsey build skills in policymaking and research, and it allowed her to expand her knowledge of and interest in policy outside the realm of education and into the world of law and criminal justice. While with the TCADP, Lindsey was able to contribute to a case that resulted in the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted man.
Lloyd Farley, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, spent his summer in Marrakech, Morocco as an intern for the High Atlas Foundation, focusing on sustainable, local agriculture and community-led development.