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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.

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.”

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.“

Ivonne Estrella
Psychology and Linguistics

Ivonne completed the Children & Society BDP and completed a connecting experience in Mexico.

Clarissa Riojas
English, Mexican American Studies

Clarissa Riojas is a Children & Society BDP student who spent the fall 2013 semester interning with the Texas Center for Education Policy. She helped organize a conference to address the need for more Latino children’s literature...

“It was inspiring to see how collaboration between a group of powerful and passionate individuals helped to create change in the community.”

Jordan Metoyer
Economics & Urban Studies
Government, African & African Diaspora Studies, & Communication Studies

Jordan Metoyer is a senior economics and urban studies double major. She is pursuing two BDP certificates, one in Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits and the other in ...

“Each day presented a new opportunity to connect my projects to my experience in community activism, academic foundation in urban theory, professional curiosity in non-profit public interest advocacy, and personal interest in sustainable community development.”

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.”

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.”