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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.

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.”

BDP student Adam Benden
Social Work

Adam Benden, a social work major pursuing a BDP certificate in Social Inequality, Health & Policy, drew upon his experience as a yoga instructor and his interests in class, gender, and race theory to design a...

“This project has incredibly strengthened my desire to continue working around issues of social inequality and social justice.”

Albert Palacios
Architecture and Anthropology

Albert completed the Media, Culture & Identities BDP (formerly known as the Cultural Studies BDP) and conducted research on Southwest Native American culture and architecture during the Spanish rule.

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.”

Alyssa Chavez
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Alyssa Chavez, a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student, built a research project around an interest in philanthropy and concepts from her communication sciences and disorders major. Mentored by her...

“My Connecting Experience has reaffirmed my interest in working in the nonprofit sector in the speech language therapy field.”

Ana Hernández
Latin American Studies, History

Ana Hernández, a student in the Human Rights & Social Justice BDP, spent her summer in Nicaragua interviewing locals and conducting archival research to develop a better understanding of land rights for the...

“I hope to become a professor of Latin American history, and this Connecting Experience has helped me find a focus for my academic studies.”

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.”