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Meet UGS Students

Major: Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2023
Don’t be afraid of setbacks because there is no such thing as failure, only redirection. Genuine passion and active curiosity will get you extremely far!
Major: Advertising
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2017

Stephanie Cree is UX Engineer and Design Thinking Coach with IBM in Austin, TX.

"I most value the support I had from my BDP mentors and professors. They were able to show me that the career path I wanted was achievable."
Major: Psychology
BDP Certificate: Children & Society
Graduation Year: Fall 2015

Courtney Wiesepape is a clinical psychology research position at Indiana University School of Medicine, currently working with a team developing a therapy for individuals diagnosed with first episode psychosis that targets internalized stigma.

"Participating in BDP helped me to begin to think about things from an interdisciplinary approach, which allows me to be thoughtful in my interactions with my team and value different perspectives. "
Major: Finance
BDP Certificate: Smart Cities
Graduation Year: Spring 2023

Smart Cities BDP student Grant Shaffer interned with JLL Technologies where he was able to gain experience in real estate technology.

"This experience confirmed that I'd like to work at the forefront of technology and urban development."
Major: Business Honors
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2022

Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student Ceinna Little was able to explore non-profits and their role in affordable housing through an independent research project.

"The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience was being able to produce a piece of research that I could showcase and display my skills to graduate schools and future employers."
Major: Economics
BDP Certificate: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits
Graduation Year: Spring 2023

Through a research assistantship in cooperation with the non-profit Project Schoolhouse, Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student Cecilia Guerra aided in the development of a monitored rainwater collections and filtration system for a Nicaraguan community.

"Working with people from different majors, and being surrounded by different disciplines, is really fulfilling."
Major: Biology
BDP Certificate: Digital Arts & Media
Graduation Year: Spring 2022

For her Creative Project, Hannah Barnes wanted to combine the skills she had gained as a Biology major and Digital Arts & Media student. In combining the arts with sciences, she was able to create a partially animated and navigable poster that defined common laboratory procedures under an overarching project known as the Purple Protein Project.

"I gained a sense of fulfillment in being able to convey scientific concepts to my friends, parents, and grandparents in a way that was both educational and fun."
Major: Biology with Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate
Graduation Year: 2022
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be proactive. It’s harder to go out there and change the world if we stay in our comfort zone.
Major: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2023
For people thinking about research, I would just say go ahead and try it. You may be surprised how much you enjoy it, as that was the case for me.
Major: Biochemistry and Elements of Computing
Graduation Year: 2022
It has been the most incredible experience to be able to do research, present it, and win awards for it.