To complete the BDP certificate, every BDP student must participate in at least one Connecting Experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Connecting Experiences can take several forms
A student’s Connecting Experience must be clearly related to the student’s BDP topic. Connecting Experiences give students hands-on experience applying the skills and knowledge they gain in their BDP classes, a context within which to enhance their understanding of their interdisciplinary BDP topic, and the opportunity to reflect on their interests, strengths, and goals for the future.
The primary role of the faculty mentor is to provide the academic supervision for the experience.
The faculty mentor
In order to mentor a BDP student in a Connecting Experience, you must have a faculty appointment of some kind during the semester in which you are mentoring the student. Lecturers may serve as mentors, as long as they have a current appointment. Graduate students may not serve as faculty mentors, although they may assist a faculty member in mentoring a student in a research experience.
If a student has approached you about serving as his or her faculty mentor, the following pages will provide you with information about the Connecting Experience process and resources for designing a productive experience.
For general questions or more information about mentoring BDP students in Connecting Experiences, please contact Emily Watson or call 512-232-7564.
Internship supervisors may contact Christine Anderson, the BDP liaison for internship sites.