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In this ongoing advice column, former UGS students who have transferred into their new major help current students navigate major exploration, the internal transfer process, and more. Dear UGS Liaison, I haven’t been to office hours yet. I know I should go, but I don’t have any questions. Is that okay? What are some topics you’ve talked about with your professors? Hook ‘em!
As we celebrate fifteen years of the BDPs, we take this moment to look back and remember how the programs began and how much has changed. Since they were launched in 2002, the Bridging Disciplines Programs have grown in so many ways, while still remaining true to the initial ideals set forth by then-Provost Sheldon Ekland-Olson and Vice Provost Lucia Gilbert.
Wayfinder is a tool for major and career exploration that helps prospective & current Longhorns research degree options. The site has been redesigned to better align with the University of Texas website and to include new content. Students can now access information on UT minors, research campus resources for experiential learning opportunities, and watch short videos that highlight current UT student and alumni experiences. The new Wayfinder will also feature information specifically for Longhorn parents.
The School of Undergraduate Studies hosted several events to welcome students to The University of Texas at Austin for the 2017-2018 school year.
Tuesday, August 29 is a busy day for first-year students. New Longhorns have many opportunities to explore the Forty Acres, meet new friends, and take part in traditions at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Youth Substance Misuse and Addiction Pop-Up Institute is a new multidisciplinary effort to address the issues surrounding young people and drugs. Youth substance misuse is a complex social problem with no “silver bullet” solution; approximately one in 10 young people struggles with a substance use disorder. The new “pop-up institute” creates a space for researchers and scholars from different disciplines to collaborate to address this complex topic.
Barbara Harlow, Louann and Larry Temple Professor of English Literature and chair of the Human Rights & Social Justice Bridging Disciplines Program faculty panel, passed away on January 28, 2017. Her contributions to the BDPs are profound and will endure as a tribute to her commitment to fighting injustice and oppression.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) granted its first-ever Student Researcher Awards to Annie Elledge, a junior majoring in government and international relations and global studies, and Joseph Ricard, a mathematics senior.

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