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Students across Undergraduate Studies programs are exploring new interests, gaining experience through research and internships, and taking leadership roles across the Forty Acres. Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

René Castro
Theatre & Dance, Journalism

Inspired by a book he stumbled upon at a book fair, senior René Castro spent his summer conducting research on the experiences of journalists covering conflict in Mexico. Through firsthand interviews, René learned about the complexities of the challenges facing Mexico today. René will graduate...

“I am now leaning towards going to law school to focus on international humanitarian law. Before joining the BDP and doing this Connecting Experience, I would never have dreamed of doing such a thing…”

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.”

Nidhi Reddy
Math, Radio-Television-Film

Nidhi, under the supervision of her English faculty mentor, completed an independent creative project for her Digital Arts & Media BDP certificate. This project was a 2-3 minute 2D animation adapted from the short story, “...

“Throughout college, I have changed majors multiple times and have explored vastly different fields… This Connecting Experience has reinforced my desire to make digital art, and it has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities in this field.”

Caleb Ingels
Broadcast Journalism

Caleb spent two semesters in UGS before being admitted in the College of Communications where he will be graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism this spring. As a UGS student, Caleb received crucial help from his...

“My advice for undecided students is to … pay attention to what makes you lean forward when you talk, and find a way to study that.”

Erick Munoz
Radio, Television, Film

An international student from Mexico, Erick was initially accepted to the School of Undergraduate Studies instead of his first choice—Radio, Television, Film (RTF). As a UGS student, Erick completed core...

“When I found out I was accepted to UGS, I didn’t really know how it worked. But I just realized, ok, I need to work harder to get into what I want.”

Alexandra Arambula
Biomedical Engineering, Plan II

For the past three and a half years, Alexandra has participated in the PLUS program. Now as a senior preceptor, Alexandra helps new preceptors improve their facilitation skills.

“I often find myself learning valuable interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities from my preceptors.”

Raul Sergio Lozano III
Orchestral Instrument Performance

Sergio’s undergraduate research topic is Re-branding Classical Music

“I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’m glad I made those mistakes in school and not while working for a job that could really make or break it for me.”