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Meet BDP Alumni

Bridging Disciplines Programs alumni have built extraordinary professional and academic careers since earning their certificates. Click a BDP alum’s name to learn about his or her BDP experience and career path. If you are an alum, we’d love to hear what you’re doing! Share your story or make updates.

Lily Morse
Ethics & Leadership

I am pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

“The BDPs introduced me to my love for research….I would probably not be in a Ph.D. program now had I not been in the BDPs.”

Talia Garza Garza
Ethics & Leadership
Government, Communication Studies (Political Communication)

I am a PhD candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Sheffield.

Location: Sheffield, England

“My BDP experience influenced my career path by providing the opportunity to witness first-hand Mexican foreign service and politics when I interned at the Mexican consulate in Austin.”

Kristen Carson
Ethics & Leadership
Marketing, Mechanical Engineering

I am the founder and CEO of, a website that helps students plan for college.

Location: Austin, TX

“Through a Connecting Experience scholarship, the BDP office helped sponsor my research in England, which led to an experience that is probably the single most influential time in my life.”

Richard A. Howell
Ethics & Leadership

I am a litigation attorney at Jackson Walker, LLP.

Location: Houston, TX

“The Ethics & Leadership BDP courses stand out as the very best at UT.”

Katie Tiller
Digital Arts & Media

I am an artist for Multimedia Games.

Location: Austin, TX

“I had an interest in web, graphic, and game design, and the BDP allowed me to take classes that explored those topics more in-depth.”

Emily Cadik
Social Inequality, Health & Policy
Plan II, Government

I am a senior policy analyst for Enterprise Community Partners.

Location: Washington, D.C.

“Participating in a BDP helped me select my elective courses from an otherwise overwhelming slate of options, and pursue something practical and focused.”

Holly Heinrich
Ethics & Leadership

In Fall 2014, I will begin a master’s degree program in public policy at the University of Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, England

“My BDP experience has made me very conscious of potential ethical issues that exist in the work I do.”