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Meet UGS Students

Cassandra Shankman
Major: Music Composition
BDP Certificate: Film Studies
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am the co-founder of Picardy and work in User Development and Engagement.

Location: Austin, Texas

"The most valuable experience with BDP was my internship . . . These lessons led me to where I am today!""
Samuel Hagan
Major: Government, Spanish, & Portuguese
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2015

I work for New York Life Insurance Company as an agent. I educate young professionals and families on how to build strong, protected financial foundations.

Location: Austin, TX

“My interdisciplinary education with the BDP was crucial in teaching me to expand my horizons as far as they could be imagined.”
Kate Mowrey
Major: Human Biology, emphasis on Genetics and Biotechnology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2014

I work for Baylor College of Medicine as a research technician. I perform a variety of experiments as a part of the Knock out Mouse Project (KOMP), which is an NIH-funded initiative to systematically generate mutant embryonic stem cells for every gene in the mouse genome, eventually using that information to generate new models for human diseases.

Location: Houston, TX

“My interdisciplinary education has whole-heartedly prepared me to pursue my next step of entering graduate school.”
Elisabeth Netherton
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Spring 2009

I completed an MD at UT Houston and am currently in Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine

Location: Houston, TX

“In medicine, everything is interdisciplinary . . . An interdisciplinary education sets the foundation for this, and helps us learn to appreciate and hopefully integrate multiple perspectives in the care of our patients.”
Nidhi Reddy
Major: Mathematics, Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I am currently enrolled in a programming bootcamp.

“My BDP experience allowed me to dip my feet into the intersection between art and technology, a place in which I am currently paving a path.”
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I work in Experience Design for MU/DAI

Location: Austin, TX

“[My BDP] helped me to view problems at both a macro and micro scale. . . It also helped me become more comfortable with collaboration and the fact that many big ideas can't be realized individually.”
Ashley Rivera
Major: Sociology
BDP Certificate: Media, Culture & Identities
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Ashley Rivera, who completed her BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities in fall 2015, spent the summer of 2015 on the coast of Nicaragua where she conducted ethnographic research on the Garifuna people. Her research explored the unique culture and identity of a black indigenous population within the broader Mestizo population of Nicaragua.

“Through this Connecting Experience I learned about these peoples’ histories, lives, and experiences as well as how to conduct research.”