Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Joshua '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.

Joshua '20
How can diverging diamond interchanges be implemented in Albuquerque to improve commute time and lower accident rates?

About Joshua’s Thesis:
Joshua’s goal for his thesis is to present the diverging diamond interchange as a possible solution to Albuquerque's high accident rates and long delay times. The diverging diamond interchange has an unorthodox design that has drivers briefly switch to the opposite side of the road to allow them to make left turns without crossing oncoming traffic. He has found that in places where this has been implemented, it often reduces accident rates and delay times. 

Joshua shares why he chose this topic. “As a citizen of Albuquerque who has to get on and off the highway twice a day, it's in my best interest to insure that Albuquerque's roadways are working as safely and efficiently as possible.” 

Researcher Bio:
Joshua enjoys being a part of Bosque’s bowling team. He plans on studying Aerospace Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.