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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.”
Brooke Johnson
Major: Studio Art & Art History
BDP Certificate: Museum Studies
Graduation Year: Spring 2019

In her internship with Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Brooke Johnson, completing a BDP in Museum Studies as well as majors in Studio Art and Art History, deepened her understanding of the roles of curator and artist. In addition to coordinating art shows, social media and PR for the gallery, Brooke also developed an independent project reflecting on the artist-as-curator in museum spaces.

"The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was how well my coursework this semester has tied into my BDP experiences. I took an anthropology course that really helped shape the way I view curating and museum management."
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.”
Priya Gupta headshot
Major: Human Biology
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I am earning a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University

Location: Davie, FL

My BDP allowed me to take classes and participate in research projects that went beyond the scope of my science major, while still focusing on healthcare.
Timmy Huynh headshot
Major: Geography & Economics
BDP Certificate: Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2010

I am earning a Ph.D. in Sociology at Penn State University

Location: University Park, PA

“The BDP allowed for structure and organization to an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as practice in important self-reflection through the required personal essays.”
Shelby Carvalho headshot
Major: Government & Humanities
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2011

I work for World Bank as a Research Consultant for education and labor in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Location: Washington, DC

My BDP experience allowed me to take advantage of opportunities across campus and provided me with resources and support to not only pursue meaningful research and internship experiences, but also to reflect and build on those experiences with the support of UT's faculty.
Carson Taylor headshot
Major: Radio-Television-Film
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Electronic Arts (EA) as a Junior Project Manager where I manage IT and software tool development from idea conception to deployment

Location: Redwood City, CA

"The BDP experience allowed me to explore game development through the lenses of Computer Science and Fine Arts as well as RTF, which encouraged my interest in the industry and prepared me for a role where I work with a variety of interdisciplinary specialists."
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Major: Humanities, Liberal Arts Honors
BDP Certificate: Ethics & Leadership
Graduation Year: Spring 2007

‘m currently serving on Active Duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps as a Judge Advocate General.

Location: Arlington, VA

“To date, I have not met anyone else who received such a vibrant education, and I truly believe the cumulative effects of multi-tiered and functional interdisciplinary studies cannot be overstated.”
Laramie Stroud headshot
Major: American Studies, Government
BDP Certificate: Human Rights & Social Justice
Graduation Year: Fall 2013

I work for the Texas House of Representatives as a Legislative Director where I research, develop, and advance members’ legislative agendas.

Location: Austin, TX

“Interdisciplinary education prepared me to think critically across multiple subject matters and disciplines.”
Lauren Hadley headshot
Major: Government
BDP Certificate: Public Policy
Graduation Year: Spring 2016

I work for Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP as a Case Clerk, assisting paralegals with trial and hearing preparation for our attorneys.

Location: Austin, TX

“Understanding multiple viewpoints is crucial to being successful. An interdisciplinary education prepared me for working in the real world with other people who may have differing views and opinions.”