The freshman experience begins with Leadership Kickoff, your official introduction into BHP, where you are assigned to a peer mentor group. Freshmen will also attend a seminar every Wednesday which will provide valuable information on resources available and tips on how to succeed over the next four years. BA 101H, a course to help you plan, implement and evaluate your post-graduation goals, rounds out your first-year experience.
Every freshman will attend the Kickoff retreat at the beginning of the school year, where they will get to know each other and upperclassmen in the program. The retreat is held in the Texas Hill Country and features fun, team-building activities. It is a program put on for the students by the students to ensure these new students have a great experience and get to know their peers well.
This weekly seminar for freshmen is facilitated by a BHP academic advisor and the BHP Peer Mentors. Wednesday Seminars allow students to discover more about campus resources, strategies for success and unique opportunities across campus, all while getting to know each other and BHP upperclassmen better
BHP juniors and seniors serve as Peer Mentors to incoming freshmen. Every freshman will be a part of a small group, usually 10 students, who are assigned a peer mentor. Mentors work with their group during Leadership Kickoff, Wednesday Seminars and BA 101H. They are there to help their mentees through their first year in college by making them aware of resources, answering questions and being a friend!
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Freshmen who are interested in pursuing research opportunities may apply to join the BHP Research Interest Group (RIG). This seminar group is led by two BHP upperclassmen who have conducted research and are familiar with research opportunities at UT Austin. Students attend a weekly 50-minute seminar during the fall semester to learn how to get involved in undergraduate research at UT and what it means to work in research at UT. The goal of the program is to help students decide if they would like to pursue research, and connect them to university resources so that they may pursue their research interests. Additional details, along with the application, are sent to admitted students in May.