Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Ethan B. '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.

Ethan B. '20
How can the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area communities make use of sustainable urban design to combat changing climatic conditions?

About Ethan’s Thesis:
The goal for Ethan’s thesis is to analyze Italian architect Paolo Soleri's concept of an arcology, a self-contained sustainable urban development that reduces its impact on the surrounding environment. Ethan wants to take these principles and examine how we, as a community, can apply them to Albuquerque.

Ethan’s topic is important to him because it's becoming increasingly relevant in today's world. He believes that as the effects of climate change and carbon emissions increase around the world, improving our urban living spaces in terms of their sustainability is essential. 

Researcher Bio:
Ethan has been on the Model UN team for four years, the bowling team for three years, and the tennis team for two years. He has been involved in Technical Theater for five years and has served as the Senior Patrol Leader/Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts organization for seven years. Ethan plans to study Mechanical Engineering in college.