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Cody Church headshot
Major: Political Communication; American Studies
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

Cody Church, completing a BDP certificate in Environment & Sustainability, undertook an independent research project called “Natural Burial: The Effect of Resurgent Social Death Practices on Attitudes toward Environmentalism among the Working Class,” which explored the funeral industry and possible motivations for a return to natural burial methods.

"Finding the connections between environmental and social issues through this project proved to be interesting, and I would love to pursue the subject further in the future."
Erinn Wright headshot
Major: Marketing
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Erinn Wright conducted independent research on the prevalence of diabetes in Belize and the role various for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental entities play in promoting wellbeing. This experience allowed her to see interactions between public health and international development, her area of focus within her Social Entrepreneurship & Non-Profits BDP certificate.

"This experience gave me insight into a world I wouldn’t have otherwise had exposure to, and will leave a lasting impact on my interdisciplinary perspective and development throughout my career."
josue teniente headshot
Major: History; Sociology
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2018

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Josue Teniente completed an internship with the Equal Justice Center where he helped share information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and assisted clients in preparing DACA applications.

"My Connecting Experience gave me first-hand knowledge about this field and sharpened my skills in order to participate in it. After my experience with the Equal Justice Center, my desire to pursue Human Rights and Social Justice is even stronger than when I started."
sarah brusseau headshot
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Environment & Sustainability
Graduation Year: Fall 2016

Sarah Brusseau, completing a BDP in Environment & Sustainability, interned with the UT Resource Recovery in the early stages of opening a Reuse Store for the university. She researched and created a business plan for the store as part of the university’s Zero Waste initiative.

"I was able to see just how large the field of Sustainability is and found my interests involve our oceans – how does the plastic water bottle you are drinking out of affect the composition of our oceans?"
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Major: Biochemistry
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Digital Arts & Media student Vivian Nguyen explained infectious diseases, their causes, and preventative measures through her interactive infographic and animation, The Fight Against Infectious Diseases.

"Through my Connecting Experience, I was allowed to be creative with a scientific subject. It has taught me that science and art naturally coexist with one another."
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Major: International Relations & Global Studies
BDP Certificate: Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Blake Kappel, completing a BDP in Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies spent summer 2016 in Beijing as an intern with Starfish Project, a social enterprise working to empower exploited and trafficked women in Asia.

"The insight I gained into specific issues surrounding the work provided me with a more nuanced understanding of the world of women's empowerment."
Katie Hansen
Major: Georgraphy
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

As a PLUS peer coordinator, Katie helps new PLUS facilitators learn how to lead effective study sessions. She also helps students connect with Sanger resources as a student associate.

"It takes a mature and honest person to be able to recognize and ask for help and I am proud of every student I meet who is taking advantage of the resources on campus."
Anna Szczekutowicz
Major: Mathematics
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

As an SI leader, Anna helps students understand mathematics better through weekly discussion sections and office hours

"Work hard, no matter how behind you feel compared to others. School is what you make of it so make it the best it can be!"
Eshan Dabak
Major: Plan II; Sanskrit; Economics
Graduation Year: Spring 2018

As a SI leader, Eshan helps students master course material by leading discussion sections

"This job has presented a wide range of wonderful challenges and opportunities to grow as an instructor and role model for the students whom I work with."
Major: Mathematics PhD
Graduation Year: N/A

Taylor has worked as a SI leader for four semesters, helping students learn the beauty of mathematics.

"One of the worst myths is that there is such a thing as a "math person." Everyone is capable of excelling at high-level math, and everyone will find it difficult at times."

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