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Rebecca Chen LaunchPad Innovation Fellow
Major: Advertising
Graduation Year: Spring 2020
“A story is based on what people think is important, so when we live a story, we are telling people around us what we think is important.” -Donald Miller
Nathan Hughes
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2020
"Action is the antidote to despair." -Joan Baez
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: Spring 2021

Andres Najera is a 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Ambassador and member of the Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas.

Andres Najera is a 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Ambassador and member of the Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas.
Zaria El-Fil
Major: Psychology, African & African Diaspora Studies, Humanities Honors
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Zaria is a 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Ambassador and member of the Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas, was the second-place winner of the 2019 Longhorn Research Poster Session and a recipient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Zaria was the second-place winner of the 2019 Longhorn Research Poster Session, and is a 2019-2020 Undergraduate Research Ambassador and member of the Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas.
Ishaana Talesara
Major: Economics and Mathematics
Graduation Year: Spring 2020
Ishaana Talesara is the winner of the 2019 Student Research Award
Timothy Ogunlowo
Major: Human Dimensions of Organization
Graduation Year: 2022
"Fall in love with the problem, not the solution." - Uri Levine
Fatoumata Diallo
Major: Health and Society Pre Law
Graduation Year: 2020
"Leave the world a better place than you found it."
Mamadou Balde
Major: Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: May 2020
Use your time now to build your empire or use your time for the rest of your life to build someone else's empire.
Keyanna Maxwell headshot
Major: Health and Society
BDP Certificate: Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship student Keyanna Maxwell conducted market research to better understand startup needs and failures, looking specifically at startups in creative arenas. She explored the intersections between these types of businesses as she prepared to create a business plan for a makers studio focused on baking, cooking classes, sewing, and other creative endeavors.

"The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was talking with people who have a variety of backgrounds and experiences who were able to share different ways of starting a business.”
Isheta Kumar headshot
Major: Chemistry and Economics
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

Isheta Kumar, majoring in Chemistry and Economics and completing a BDP certificate in Public Policy, interned with Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), an organization dedicated to funding promising scientific innovations. While at ATI, Isheta had the opportunity to research the public benefit funds used by over 30 states to provide funding for renewable energy research. Texas is one of the few states without such a fund, so she used her research to craft a proposal for Texas to create a public benefit fund.

“By immersing myself in an environment where I learned something new about the industry every day, I learned how science, business, and policy intersect in an ever-changing field.”

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