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Click on a student’s name or picture to learn more about their experiences with the Bridging Disciplines Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. To view student success stories from other UGS programs, visit the student success page.

Alexandra Gary
Nursing Honors

Nursing student Alexandra Gary spent a summer in Botswana interning in health clinics and learning about Botswana’s healthcare system as part of her BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy with...

“My Connecting Experience abroad has driven my desire to work in another country one day. I believe international experience is worthwhile for anyone, regardless of their degree.”

Mathew Oldiges
Nursing

Senior nursing major Mathew Oldiges spent the summer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, as a clinical ethics intern. In addition to shadowing physicians and attending institutional review board hearings, he participated in lectures that explored different ethical frameworks and...

“I am now able to more objectively approach difficult moral and ethical decisions appropriately. My research on the limitations of cultural knowledge has sparked new interests in me.“

Laura Herbert
Geography

Laura Hebert, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student spent fall 2013 researching the City of Austin’s recycling plan and how it will affect bars and businesses in downtown Austin.

“I always thought that I wanted to do research as an undergraduate student, but BDP helped tremendously in motivating me to actually do it.”

Sarah McConnon
Biology

Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student Sarah McConnon spent a semester interning with the Colorado River Alliance, a non-profit focused on the conservation of the Texas Colorado River. This...

“…I have realized that passion is instrumental to my future career endeavors.”

René Castro
Theatre & Dance, Journalism

Inspired by a book he stumbled upon at a book fair, senior René Castro spent his summer conducting research on the experiences of journalists covering conflict in Mexico. Through firsthand interviews, René learned about the complexities of the challenges facing Mexico today. René will graduate...

“I am now leaning towards going to law school to focus on international humanitarian law. Before joining the BDP and doing this Connecting Experience, I would never have dreamed of doing such a thing…”

Nathan Waters
Radio-Television-Film, Computer Science

For his Digital Arts & Media creative project, Nathan spent the summer developing a mobile video game called “The Runners.” Set in an urban landscape, Nathan leads the player through a zombie chase.

“Since diving into the art form of video games, I have had a drive to learn everything I can about the medium. This has taken me from reading about everything from the psychology of horror to the nuance of typography.” 


Daniella Lewis
Architecture

As an Environment & Sustainability BDP student, Daniella researched and planned the implementation of UT’s first micro farm, a continuation of the UT Community Garden project. Her research consisted of covering all bases to...

“This Connecting Experience has profoundly shaped both my university experience and my future plans beyond graduation. I discovered and have started to explore my passion for food, society, and the environment.”