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Student Success

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.

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.”

Ivy Mestrovic
Anthropology
Theatre and Dance

Ivy spent her first two years in UGS exploring majors before discovering a European folklore class that changed everything. Now an anthropology major, Ivy will graduate this spring and begin her graduate studies in the fall.

“Everything felt open to me [in UGS] and it’s stayed that way even now. I now feel free to experiment with classes, and I don’t limit myself to classes in my major at all.”

Karl Bock
Government

Karl’s undergraduate research topic is Print Media Tone and Public Polling in the 2012 Presidential Election

“I would highly recommend that students who have the opportunity to get involved in research take it, as it is a challenging but very rewarding experience.”

Laura Herbert
Geography

Laura Hebert, an Environment & Sustainability BDP student spent fall 2013 researching the City of Austin’s recycling plan and how it will affect bars and businesses in downtown Austin.

“I always thought that I wanted to do research as an undergraduate student, but BDP helped tremendously in motivating me to actually do it.”

Lauren Fedele
Urban Studies and Geography
Spanish

Lauren received the 2014 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award for her hard work in Facilities Services and the Campus Environmental Center. Lauren spent three semesters as an Undergraduate Studies student before declaring...

“Do not be discouraged that you are undeclared while everyone else has declared a major. Everyone as a freshmen is unsure of their future and what they want to do. Use this time to explore your interests.”

Rachel Hattemer
Psychology

Psychology major Rachel Hattemer, a student in the Children & Society BDP, spent a fall semester interning with SafePlace, a non-profit that provides safety and support to those affected by sexual and domestic...

“…I realized that through the little things I was able to make an impact on their lives. That was very rewarding.”

Kyle Nielsen
Humanities

Digital Arts & Media BDP student Kyle Nielsen worked collaboratively with a team of students in the 2D Game Development Capstone course to...

“I think a lot of people have a fear of failing, but a project like this one will make you get over that fear.”