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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.

Tony Keffler
Latin American Studies

Tony completed the Cultural Studies BDP certificate. Under the supervision of Dr. Frank Guridy (History), Tony researched queer Cuban migratory literature written by Cubans. Specifically, he examined how the literature captured queer...

“I have learned that working on a topic that you are passionate about makes a huge difference on the final quality of your work, but realistic and tangible goals are the key to moving forward with independent research.”

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.”

Danny Xu
Undeclared

Danny’s outstanding academic record has earned him the title of Distinguished Scholar. Danny entered UT wanting to study chemical engineering. After exploring his interests, he now plans to major in pre-med biochemistry...

“Be open about new experiences—you might be able to find a life goal that was completely different than what you originally intended.”

Mark Babin
Chemistry and Physics

For the past year, Mark Babin has tutored students in chemistry and physics at the Sanger Center.

“I don’t think that there is anything more satisfying than seeing something click for a student.”

Nina Ho
Advertising, French

Budding social entrepreneur Nina Ho, a rising junior in the Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP, spent a summer interning with the Austin-based non-profit 3 Day Startup.

“The best part of my Connecting Experience was the ability to do challenging work, be surrounded by talented people who care about impact, and work in a fun environment.”

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.”

Shakeel Makhani
Undeclared

Shakeel’s outstanding academic record has earned him the title of College Scholar. Shakeel entered UT as an undeclared student in UGS, and, after exploring his interests, now plans to major in...

“Hard work and determination are all that it takes to be successful in whatever you do. Don’t let a minor setback in your academic career hold you from doing what you want. If you set your mind to something, the possibilities are endless.”