Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis/Colloquium-Elyse '19

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Each Bosque senior undertakes a year-long independent research project and delivers his or her findings in a twenty-page research essay as well as in the public presentation at Colloquium. Over the course of the year, students will submit a formal prospectus, conduct text-based research and fieldwork, and test their arguments at a defense.

In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 15 and 16, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into student researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Elyse ’19
When looking at stem cell research, what are the important issues at the intersection of bioethics and the Roman Catholic doctrine?

Thesis Synopsis:
Elyse is looking to find a balance in her life between religion and science. By looking at the Stem Cell Research controversy, Elyse has been searching to create an argument for the continuation of this medical research, while respecting the church’s ethical standards.

Researcher Bio:
Elyse developed an interest in the science community in the 6th grade as a BEMP participant. This love of science has driven her desire to research stem cells. As a member of the Catholic community, Elyse has seen the many opposing perspectives between science and religion. As she works to find a balance in her life, her goal with presenting this controversial thesis is to find a general consensus regarding this specific type of medical technology. Elyse is an active Bosque student participating in student government, basketball, and soccer. She plans to pursue a pre-nursing track after graduation.