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Madison Benvegnu
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

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.

“It was rewarding to take complete ownership of a project from start to finish and see how it evolved over time through trial and error.”
Zackery Fernandez
Major: Mechanical Engineering
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Zackery Fernandez spent the semester considering social inequality in education. The Mechanical Engineering major pursuing a BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy researched the impact of charter schools relative to traditional public schools in increasing children’s access to higher education.

"This research article was the culmination of my experience in the Bridging Disciplines Program, tying together my experience growing up, my previous Connecting Experience, and my classroom experience.”
Thomas Hair
Major: Public Relations
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Thomas Hair, majoring in Public Relations, completed his Environment & Sustainability BDP with an internship at Colorado River Alliance, where he worked with the organization’s communications and social media as well as led environmental education sessions for middle schoolers in Austin ISD.

“It is nice to make a difference promoting issues I care about like water conservation and education.”
tonia wu
Major: Public Health
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Tonia Wu, a Public Health major pursuing the Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP, served as a health policy intern at the Alliance for Health Reform, a non-partisan organization in Washington, D.C. focused on analyzing the policy implications of health care reform law at the federal and state level.

“This has challenged me to educate and improve my ability to work in health policy, which is more than what I could have gained solely from academics.”
Erin Shilling
Major: Biology - Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Erin Shilling, a Biology major completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, participated in the Squam Lakes Conservation Internship program in Holderness, New Hampshire, where she worked to eradicate invasive species, educate visitors, and learned how conservation organizations put sustainability recommendations into practice.

“This experience definitely opened my eyes to how smaller, non-profit organizations can be crucial for protecting areas.”
Zoe Labos
Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

An internship at The Contemporary Austin offered Children & Society BDP student Zoe Labos an opportunity to learn creative ways of engaging children and families with the arts, a concept she hopes to take with her in her future career as a Speech Language Pathologist.

“Through my Connecting Experience I realized that I enjoy developing content for children's programming that encourages creativity and self-expression.”
Jasmine Barnes
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Summer 2017

Summer 2017 graduate Jasmine Barnes, completing her BDP in Media, Culture & Identities with a focus in Identities, Communities & Place, interned with the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement (LCCE)’s Alternative Breaks – Austin trip. As a Trip Leader, Jasmine developed curriculum on social justice as well as trained and led a group of students in exploring and documenting East Austin minority communities, highlighting their stories and experiences through short videos featuring interviews with community members.

“This Connecting Experience taught me so much about my strengths and weaknesses as well as my passions. I know moving forward that storytelling, social justice and collaboration will be crucial parts of my life and potentially my career."
Kelsey Mumford
Major: Nursing & Biololgy
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

Kelsey Mumford, majoring in Nursing and Biology and completing the Ethics & Leadership in Health Care BDP, conducted a literature review on the effects of case management in faith-based settings on the health of black, lower-income adults, which will be be used later in the year as part of a larger pilot study in East Austin. Kelsey analyzed case management as a tool to decrease racial health disparities and created a poster to present her findings.

“I feel the research I did could truly have an impact in the world, and that has made me even more excited about becoming a nurse and researcher in the future.”
Julianna Maxwell
Major: Communication Studies - Corporate Communications
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Corporate Communications major and Environment & Sustainability BDP student Julianna Maxwell completed an internship with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), promoting and administering the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program. She was able to put her communication background to use in a professional setting and considered ways to advocate for sustainability while meeting corporate needs.

“This internship has helped me see that there are many ways to advocate for practices that meet environmental needs while also meeting business requirements.”
Stephanie Cree
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Summer 2017

Stephanie Cree developed animated book covers for her Digital Arts & Media Creative Project, The World Inside . In redesigning the covers of some of her favorite books, Stephanie integrated her skills in animation and website construction with her passion for literature.

“My Connecting Experience has inspired me to branch out more. I think that digital art and media open the doors to many opportunities in other areas of study.”

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