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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.

Andre Galuban
Jazz Performance

Global Studies BDP student and jazz performance major Andre Galuban stepped outside of his academic comfort zone to research Algerian military power. With encouragement from his mentor, Dr. Zoltan Barany, Andre...

“This experience showed me the importance of studying a topic through different disciplines, such as politics, international relations, government, economics, and public relations, to name a few.”

BDP Student Anjali Khatri
International Relations and Global Studies

Anjali Khatri, a student in the Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies BDP, spent her summer interning at the Center for Refugee Services in San Antonio. As an intern, Anjali worked with refugees as they...

“My work at the center has even inspired me to consider a career within the United Nations Human Rights Council.”

Ashley Rivera

Ashley Rivera, who completed her BDP certificate in Media, Culture & Identities in fall 2015, spent the summer of 2015 on the coast of Nicaragua where she conducted ethnographic research on the Garifuna people...

“Through this Connecting Experience I learned about these peoples’ histories, lives, and experiences as well as how to conduct research.”

Blair Robbins
Plan II

Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student Blair Robbins researched volunteer tourism programs as part of her undergraduate thesis. Applying a postcolonial lens while maintaining historical insights, she...

“I have learned to speak about a timely and contentious topic in a way that people can relate to and understand. I have also learned more about how larger political and historical contexts inform popular perceptions and small-scale interpersonal interactions, leading to subtle perpetuations of power and oppression.”

Bridget Bofinger
Communication Studies

Bridget Bofinger, a communication studies major pursuing a BDP certificate in Ethics & Leadership in Business, served as an internal communications intern at Texas Instruments the summer before her senior year...

“The most rewarding aspect of my internship was the ability to own a project and see it from start to finish.”

Cameron Clark

Cameron Clark, a Human Rights & Social Justice BDP student, conducted research on the complex and timely topic of police interaction with communities of color. He used the tools and methodologies of sociology...

“I believe this research project has prepared me to apply sociological principles to the legal profession, which will be crucial in tackling the many challenging legal questions we face today.”

Camila Olmedo-Mendez

Economics major Camila Olmedo-Mendez, a student in the Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP, spent her summer interning at the Yunus Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While there she studied and analyzed...

“Being submerged in the social business hub, and having the opportunity to meet and interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, has made me realize I do have an entrepreneurial spirit and potential.”