Meet UGS Students
Valeria Montemayor, Digital Arts & Media student and Studio Art major, created an animated comic named Skull-Kidz!, which gave her the chance to combine animation and comic books in a unique way that allowed her to expand her skills as a digital artist. She also had the opportunity to engage with an online audience, write her own scripts, and build her “portfolio“https://valeriamontemayor.carbonmade.com/.
Sriram Palepu, majoring in both Business and Biology and completing the Environment & Sustainability BDP certificate, conducted research in India on the effects of mercury content on the fishing industry of the Godavari River. He focused on whether or not a correlation existed between fish mercury content and neurodegenerative diseases in the area of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits student Kelsey Moreland completed a research project exploring Kaqchikel language politics and the impact of aid in Kaqchikel communities. Her research was conducted in Tecpan, Guatemala where she worked with Wuqu’ Kawoq Maya Health Alliance, a NGO that focuses on the healthcare and well-being of native communities. This research experience provided Kelsey with the opportunity to better understand how language, health, culture, and social justice can influence a community
Completing a BDP in Social Inequality, Health & Policy and majoring in Biochemistry, Brittney van der Woude completed an internship with Circle of Health International in Austin, where she served as an executive assistant to the founder of the organization. She helped to organize and plan the “In Her Shoes” campaign, in addition to other tasks. This experience allowed Brittney to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of pregnant women living in crisis zones.
Digital Arts & Media student Andrew Duna’s Creative Project exposed him to the disciplines of visual design, music, and technology. The project, called Tweets to Beats, contains an algorithm that scans a Twitter user’s tweets and uses the data to compose songs. He also had the opportunity to develop coding and web development skills, as the project was housed on a web platform.
Jennifer Agwagom, completing a BDP in Children & Society and majoring in Biochemistry, conducted independent research exploring the effects that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have on the birth outcome of an infant from a mother with a high ACE score. This allowed her to
examine potential generational trends and highlight the need for early intervention and prevention in children’s health.
A Human Ecology major completing a BDP in Digital Arts & Media, Joshua Gharis created a series of 3D printable outfits, a collection of digital outfits and textiles able to be physically printed with a 3D printer. He designed and digitally sculpted the clothing pieces, then modeled the 3D elements with software and combined it into a rendered video displaying the different designs.
Museum Studies student Alyssa Miller, an Art History major, interned at Art From the Streets, an organization that offers homeless people a space to create and sell art. The experience allowed her an opportunity to see how philanthropy and art intersect. She was exposed to issues related to planning gallery shows, fundraising, marketing, and non-profit administration. She was also able to learn about the difficulties and issues associated with planning and curating exhibitions in a gallery.
As a tutor, Natasha helps students adjust to college level coursework and reach their academic goals in math and science.
As a PLUS peer coordinator, Vik works with facilitators and professors to promote academic success.