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College of Arts & Sciences

Building Interdisciplinary Bridges

2022-23 Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Scholarship Recipients

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Dean Peter J. Schraeder, PhD, have announced the 12 recipients for the 2022-23 Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Scholarship. 

 The Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Awards are part of the College's Building Bridges Awards program that was established in 2020 by Dean Schraeder to help CAS undergraduate students realize their full potential and support their academic experiences, professional aspirations and connections to their communities. Also included in the Building Bridges Awards portfolio: Building Community Bridges Awards, Building International Bridges Awards and the Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Awards. 

The Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Awards provides 12 awards of $1,000 to first- and second-year students who are pursuing a declared interdisciplinary minor and declared major within CAS. Students need to demonstrate how their interdisciplinary minor will enrich their academic training and/or contribute to their future career goals. 

"Students pursuing ininterdisciplinary minors in the college are challenged to think outside of the box, while gaining invaluable experience in critical thinking," said Catherine Putonti, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives & Academic Innovation. "This year's Building Bridges recipients are taking on this challenge head-first, enriching their educational experience by connecting disparate fields to each other and to themselves."

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Grace Acosta | Major(s): Biology | Minor(s): Bioethics  
Overall, bioethics allows me to integrate my STEM knowledge into the work I will eventually partake in as a healthcare provider.”  

Mia Gardner | Major(s): Anthropology, Marketing | Minor(s): Japanese Language and Culture  
“I want to continue my studies [in Japanese language and culture] to increase my fluency… I hope to one day work in Japan in the business industry."

Maggie Hendrix | Major(s): French; Global Studies | Minor(s): African Studies and the African Diaspora; Anthropology  
“In the future, I expect my knowledge of African and African Diaspora Studies to serve me as I pursue a medical translation certificate in hopes of volunteering as an interpreter for French-speaking refugees, many of whom immigrate from North Africa and the Caribbean.” 

Katie Jabaay | Major(s): Psychology | Minor(s): Neuroscience; Women’s Studies & Gender Studies  
“Both minors, while being core parts of my academic interest, add incredible dimension to my degree in psychology, adding both the biological foundations of thought and the importance of identity in regard to one’s mental wellbeing. Without these minors my academic experience would be without much direction, and I think would not prepare me well for my desired career as a clinical psychologist.” 

Molly Kurtze | Major(s): Political Science; Sociology | Minor(s): Urban Studies  
“This minor takes aspects of disciplines I am already studying and ones that I am passionate about and provides in-depth opportunities to learn about urban issues. The required engaged learning courses are going to equip me with skills like field research, volunteer work, statistical analysis, and in-depth interviewing. These skills are things that I learn about in my Political Science and Sociology courses, but this minor provides me with the opportunity to apply these skills during my education, which is something that not everyone gets the opportunity to do.” 

Laurel Miskovic | Major(s): Psychology | Minor(s): Women’s Studies and Gender Studies; Psychology of Crime & Justice  
“By having the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the criminal justice system through my interdisciplinary Psychology of Crime and Justice minor, I will be able to better connect with my future patients in a clinical psychological setting. Additionally, I am thrilled for the opportunities the interdisciplinary Woman’s Studies & Gender Studies minor offers me personally, academically, and professionally. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself, I think it is vital to have robust knowledge and background on diversity and inclusion in terms of race, gender, and sexuality just to name a few.”  

Kate Rault | Major(s): Forensic Science | Minor(s): Chinese Language and Culture  
“I hope to work in a crime lab someday. Being able to speak Chinese and have a background in the culture is very beneficial in this line of work. It allows me to communicate effectively with Chinese speakers and bring in new evidence from their perspectives.” 

Erin Robertson | Major(s): Cybersecurity | Minor(s): Computer Crime and Forensics  
“I know that with the knowledge of technology I learn from my major, and the knowledge of the criminal justice system/cybercrimes I get from my minor, I’ll have all the tools I need to be able to pursue the career I want.”   

 Abbie Romanowski | Major(s): Criminal Justice & Criminology | Minors: Psychology of Crime and Justice; Italian American Studies  
The Italian-American interdisciplinary minor will not only help me better understand my heritage, but it will also give me a great deal of new insight as to where my heritage derives from ... As for my other interdisciplinary minor – psychology of crime and justice – I feel that it pairs perfectly with my declared major. After graduating college, I hope to pursue a career as a detective, or enter some line of detective work … understanding the deep-rooted causation for tracking crimes and criminals requires a deeper level of knowledge. This deeper understanding is precisely what will help me better by career.”  

 Grace Shallal | Major(s): Political Science; Philosophy | Minor(s): Bioethics; Catholic Studies  
“So, to address how both Bioethics and Catholic Studies intersect, I would say that I am passionate about upholding the dignity of every single human being, from fertilization to natural death. Being able to apply the principles of Catholic Social Teaching to the concepts I am learning about in Bioethics has not only intellectually fulfilled me, but also spiritually.” 

Natalie Shamon | Major(s): Biology | Minor(s): Neuroscience; Arabic Language & Culture  
Both of my interdisciplinary minors enrich my college careers in their own ways … [Neuroscience] has allowed me to reflect and realize that neuroscience is the field I would want to get my doctorate in … Arabic, on the other hand, acts as more of a new bridge between my education and my culture.” 

 Jameson Walker | Major(s): Global Studies; Environmental Policy | Minors: German Studies; Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies  
“In the future, I hope to dedicate myself towards strengthening international refugee law and rights advocacy. My minor in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies will allow me to create more just systems, especially as climate change threatens to complicate an already turbulent refugee crisis and disrupt the peace of our emerging global society.”