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Student Profiles

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.

Simi Aliu
Urban Studies

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Simi Aliu spent the fall 2013 semester interning with Austin Technology Incubator.

“During my time at ATI, I worked for the clean energy focus area, which allowed me to develop valuable conceptual and analytical skills applicable to my desired profession.”

Laura Herring
Radio-Television-Film

As part of her Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP certificate, Laura spent the summer of 2011 abroad in Australia interning with the Cheeky Foods Group, a company that offers group cooking classes as team building...

“This experience has really expanded me in so many ways: the way I think, the way I live, and perhaps most importantly—the way I dream.”

Nidhi Reddy
Math, Radio-Television-Film

Nidhi, under the supervision of her English faculty mentor, completed an independent creative project for her Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate. This project was a 2-3 minute 2D animation adapted from the short story, “...

“Throughout college, I have changed majors multiple times and have explored vastly different fields… This Connecting Experience has reinforced my desire to make digital art, and it has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities in this field.”

Suparna Bandyopadhyay
Biology

Suparna spent the semester interning with AIDS Services of Austin, more specifically with the organization’s Women Rising Project as part of her Social Inequality, Health & Policy BDP...

“This internship showed me the large economic disparity that exists in our country, especially when it comes to health care.”

Aaron Bernal Lee
Economics, Mathematics

Rising senior Aaron Bernal Lee, a student in the Global Studies BDP, interned at the Texas State Capitol in the Office of the Governor. Through his BDP coursework Aaron has studied...

“My internship at the Texas State Capitol has made me realize that in the future I want to be part of something greater than myself with the goal of doing good for society, just as I felt I was doing while working at the Office of the Governor.”

Ivi Brown
Social Work

Ivi took an ethnographic approach to study the social situation of Kayayei, a group of displaced, mistreated tribal women in Ghana for her Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP certificate. To this end, she worked with...

“This life-changing experience has allowed me to develop a more in-depth understanding about the complexities that lie within issues such as the Kayayei conflict and the various paradigms involved.”

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.”