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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.

Katie Kindle
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“I experienced what a day in the life of a disease epidemiologist might be like, and that was very rewarding and eye opening. This Connecting Experience enhanced my understanding of how huge the field of public health is.”
Kelsey Mumford
Major: Nursing & Biololgy
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

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.

“I feel the research I did could truly have an impact in the world, and that has made me even more excited about becoming a nurse and researcher in the future.”
Kevin Martin
Major: History, Government
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

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.

"My hands-on experience in post-conflict societies directly influenced the ways in which I wrote about the material, engaged current events, evaluated academic works, and spoke about them in both formal and informal contexts."
Kirsten Baumann
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

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.

"I was interested to see how narrative supernatural powers alter or reinforce traditional gender stereotypes, and _Misfits_ was a perfect sample for this investigation."
Kyle Nielsen
Major: Humanities
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

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.

“I think a lot of people have a fear of failing, but a project like this one will make you get over that fear.”
Laura Hebert
Major: Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2014

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.

"I always thought that I wanted to do research as an undergraduate student, but BDP helped tremendously in motivating me to actually do it."
Laura Herring
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2012

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.

"This experience has really expanded me in so many ways: the way I think, the way I live, and perhaps most importantly—the way I dream."
Lily Hayes
Major: Dance, Geography
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

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.

“I feel as if I am more well-rounded in my education because I have now been able to work directly in environmental policy, which is the area that I would like to pursue.”
Lindsey Pearlstein
Major: Applied Learning & Development
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“Overall, this internship made me a more educated citizen and prepared me for future positions in policymaking and conducting research.”
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Major: Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

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.

“The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was being able to learn about the importance of participatory development, which allows for the people most invested in a project – the community – to be in the driver seat.”