Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis/Colloquium-Vera '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.

Vera ’19
What insight does the size/frequency distribution of glassy impact spherules on Martian terrain provide to the lack thereof on the Gale Crater?

How can a young female scientist navigate scientific research and find meaning in seemingly trivial discoveries?

Thesis Synopsis
Vera’s thesis, “Mars Rocks, and Research That Probably Doesn’t Matter,” discusses the merits of conducting seemingly trivial scientific research. She explores the solitude and iterative processes that constitute research. Vera includes a personal narrative documenting her experiences with professors and her analysis of spherical particles in photographs taken by Curiosity Rover.

Researcher Bio
Vera is one of three leaders of Model United Nations and the president of Cantate and Tri-M Music Honors Society. Organizing the local March for Our Lives in 2018 inspired her to join the Albuquerque Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and shadow Representative Gail Chasey at the New Mexico legislature. Vera is also a National Merit Scholar Finalist. She plans to study physics and international relations in college and is interested in a career in science diplomacy.