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.
Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student Martina Belozerco researched the inclusion of African-American stereotypes in public service announcements about HIV. Her project built on experience as an outreach specialist working with people and communities impacted by the virus. Martina aspires to continue developing as a patient advocate and now feels more aware of obstacles she might face in that role.
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.
Senior nursing major Mathew Oldiges spent the summer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, as a clinical ethics intern. In addition to shadowing physicians and attending institutional review board hearings, he participated in lectures that explored different ethical frameworks and conducted independent research. Mathew is pursuing a BDP certificate in Ethics & Leadership with a concentration in Ethics of Health Care.
Matthew Snidal, a student in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP, spent the summer before his senior year participating in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, in partnership with the Population Research Center. Through this experience, Matthew was able to conduct a study of the relationship between the number of days a student has been suspended and the likelihood of that student graduating from high school. As a result, Matthew has refined the focus for his future graduate studies, in which he hopes to continue exploring the intersection of education and criminology.
Maya Patel, a Chemistry major completing a BDP in Public Policy, spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as an environmental and policy intern at the Center for American Progress. There she learned a great deal about the day-to-day world of policy making and reflected on her next steps after UT.
Ethics & Leadership BDP student Megan Maldonado analyzed the literature on transnational surrogacy practices in India. Among other aspects, she studied risks to reproductive laborers. Megan’s research took her to the Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Conference at UT in March, and bolstered her credentials as an aspiring scholar.
In summer 2010, as part of her Children & Society BDP certificate, Michelle interned with Community New Start, a non-profit that focuses on reaching out to children in St. John, TX. She developed new curriculum activities for teachers during the school year and conducted a qualitative study exploring the impact of summer camp on children compared to children not attending a summer camp.
Molly Marek, a Children & Society BDP student, integrated education with the dramatic arts as an intern at the Pollyanna Theatre Company. Molly planned and employed performance-based lessons at schools around Austin as part of the organization’s endeavor to provide audience experiences for students without means to pay for tickets. The experience sparked Molly’s interest in exploring multidisciplinary research at the graduate level.
Mrinalini “Nali” Shah, a Government major earning a BDP certificate in Public Policy, interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C. As a governmental affairs intern, Nali monitored congressional activity and supported UNHCR staff in their mission to assist refugees.
For his Digital Arts & Media creative project, Nathan spent the summer developing a mobile video game called “The Runners.” Set in an urban landscape, Nathan leads the player through a zombie chase.