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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.

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.”

Daniella Lewis
Architecture

As an Environment & Sustainability 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...

“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.”

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.”

Farah Mithani
Urban Studies

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Farah Mitahni spent the summer of 2013 interning with Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting, a firm that works with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

“From my Connecting Experience, I have learned that innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all aspects that can create significant change in the world.”

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.”

Ivonne Estrella
Psychology and Linguistics

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