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Maria Iuliano Headshot
Major: Marine Science
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

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.

“Knowing that I was contributing to a better understanding of a data deficient species was enriching. I was able to not only assist in the procedures but also understand the rationale for these research activities.”
Lloyd Farley headshot
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.”
Adriel Morgan headshot
Major: Business Management
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Adriel Morgan, who is majoring in Management, interned with the Governor’s Fellowship Program on the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking team. As an intern, she worked on increasing public awareness of the team’s efforts, trainings and other projects to improve anti-trafficking efforts in the state of Texas.

“This experience expanded my vision of the future to potentially include roles in government agencies or public office that I had previously never considered.”
Mallory Miller Headshot
Major: Anthropology
BDP Certificate: Museum Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

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.

“The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience so far has been the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes workings of a historical site.”
Hannah Evans headshot
Major: Youth and Community Studies
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Hannah Evans researched play therapy environments for children affected by trauma and implementation strategies for non-profit organizations curating a play therapy room. This research drew on her Youth and Community Studies major background and highlighted the Youth and Family strand focus of her Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit BDP.]

“Completing this project was challenging and frustrating at times, but I persevered and feel proud of the final product.”
Maya Patel Headshot
Major: Chemistry
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2020

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.

“Seeing reports published that I helped write or letters that I wrote be submitted to the Secretary of Interior and Commerce is so incredibly rewarding.”
Mrinalini Shah Headshot
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2017

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.

“Ultimately, I hope to put my scholarship and work experience towards promoting efforts that enable refugees and asylum seekers to lead lives of dignity.”
Jakki Davison Headshot
Major: English
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Jaclyn Davison, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability and majoring in English, spent the summer of 2017 studying abroad in Botswana. While there, she conducted additional research, evaluating the sustainability and eco footprint of the faculty-led program Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Human Dynamics.

“I really want to continue to work with people and cultures, understanding how society influences the environment and vice versa.”
Nicole Griffin Headshot
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Children & Society student Nicole Griffin spent the summer of 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working with Ubongo, a local NGO that creates educational TV programming for children in Sub-Saharan Africa. This experience helped her integrate her child development knowledge with her BDP strand focus of Children, Media, and the Arts.]

“I realized my passion for children's media as well as how much I enjoyed the international NGO setting. I now know that there are many innovative projects out there looking for people passionate about children's development and education.”
Prianka Legesse-Sinha headshot
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Fall 2014

I work for Causeway Galveston as a Brown Fellow Project Specialist who evaluates the Causeway Galveston pilot project.

Location: Galveston, Texas, United States

“Interdisciplinary education prepared me for my current job by teaching me to understand various perspectives for approaching problems and situations.”

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