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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.

Ana Laura Rivera
Government, Spanish

Human Rights & Social Justice student Ana Laura worked on three initiatives for the Texas After Violence Project during her internship. Because of her interest in studying children and human rights, she conducted archival research and transcribed...

“I discovered the importance of making children’s voices heard so they can have an opportunity to obtain an education.”

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.”

Dillon Gu
Computer Science

Dillon Gu, a Digital Arts & Media BDP student produced an animated short entitled “A Knight to Bear Arms” for his creative project requirement.

“I must say that working with a mentor as incredible as Ben Bays has been like nothing else I’ve done. Hearing his opinions, ideas, and criticisms helped me learn a lot, not just about this project, but also about digital art as a whole.”

Elijah Roden
Government, Rhetoric & Writing

Eli Roden conducted independent research exploring the relationship between emotion and reason in juror decision-making. Eli is pursuing an Ethics & Leadership BDP certificate with a concentration in social justice, politics, and...

“For me, the most rewarding aspect of this experience was discovering the nature in which disciplines work together, that allows for a truly interdisciplinary approach to tackling issues.”

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.”

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…”

Daniella Lewis
Architecture

As an Environment 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 make the...

“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.”