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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.

Jeff Brown
Economics

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Jeff Brown worked on a business plan for Traction Jack, LLC, a company that he co-founded with a friend while...

“I recommend talking to as many people as possible on this wonderful campus. There is someone, somewhere on this campus that can help you get to where you want to be.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.“

Casey Locey
Social Work, Psychology

Children & Society BDP student Casey Locey interned with SafePlace, a non-profit organization that helps survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault.

“This internship showed me ways to support children and taught me intervention perspectives based on developmental psychology and strengths-based social work models.”

Kevin Martin
History, Government

Kevin interned with Global Youth Connect in Bosnia and Rwanda to meet requirements for his Global Studies certificate. In Bosnia, he worked within regions acutely affected by the Bosnian war to help local NGO’s and government agencies craft educational...

“My hands-on experience in post-conflict societies directly influenced the ways in which I wrote about the material, engaged current events, evaluated academic works, and spoke about them in both formal and informal contexts.”