Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Neil '20

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Bosque seniors undertake a yearlong independent research project and deliver their findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in a 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 13 and 14, 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.

Neil '20
Should/can cultural education and social emotional learning (SEL) be implemented into online distance learning platforms?

About Neil’s Thesis:
Online distance learning focuses mainly on academic work, but falls behind its traditional classroom counterparts when it comes to the current one-size-fits-all model and lack of SEL curricula. Neil’s thesis plans to focus on whether online platforms can become a culturally valued alternative in order to mitigate educational opportunity disparities. His fieldwork plans consist of focusing on the current effectiveness of the implementation of SEL curriculum.

“I believe that education is at a huge transformational point, especially when it comes to the use of technology in the classroom,” said Neil. “Moreover, I've seen how effective technology can be when it comes to its connective and transformative capabilities, especially in New Mexico.”

Researcher Bio:
Neil is Tennis Team Captain, MRC President, Spanish Honor Society President, Judicial Committee Member, Telehealth Initiative, and Poetry Out Loud Honoree. Neil plans to study Global Health in college.