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.
Marketing major and Media, Culture & Identities student Madison Benvegnu analyzed representations of villains in animated Disney films, which led her to an exploration of the presentations of overarching themes of right and wrong and the need for villains in a story.
Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP student and Social Work major Madison Kirk worked as an intern for Lifeworks, where she learned strategies for mediating interpersonal conflict and practiced advocating for clients in order to promote self-sufficiency.
Maheen Shakil, who is pursuing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, spent the summer of 2017 in New York at the NYU Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies, where she assisted in HIV research. This experience opened her eyes to interacting with research participants—not just data—and reignited her passion for research work.
Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Major Ellis interned at Austin technology startup accelerator and co-working space Capital Factory, where he worked to identify local early-stage companies. After graduation, Major plans to launch his own entrepreneurial endeavor. He now feels connected to key players in the Austin startup scene and better equipped to deliver solid pitches to potential investors.
Museum Studies BDP student Mallory Miller interned at The Alamo historic site where she transcribed and translated correspondence between Mexican military officials. She learned about many aspects of preserving and managing historic sites and collections.
As an intern with Oceans Research in Mossel Bay, South Africa, Maria Iuliano assisted with a number of research projects, including a study of White Sharks. Maria, a Marine Science major completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, collected and organized data identifying individual sharks for a population study.
Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP student Maria Roque gained hands-on experience with her BDP topic through her internship with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Maria contributed to LIVESTRONG’s mission to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors, and she refined her ideas about her future career goals.
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.