Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Ian '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 these student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.

Ian '20
How does cultural identity manifest in a television adaptation?

About Ian’s Thesis:
For Ian’s thesis, he is comparing the different adaptations of NBC’s show, The Office. He is specifically looking at how the humor of the show is adapted to better accommodate the culture of the target country to which the show is being adapted. Ian says, “The Office is the perfect show to focus on because there are eleven different versions of the show in seven different languages and each is made for a different country.”

He chose this topic because The Office has been his favorite show for a long time, and he has been curious about how the show differs between the different adaptations. 

Researcher Bio:
Ian is the founder of the Bosque chapter of The Lettuce Club, which he says, “has been a huge undertaking for this whole year.” He isn’t sure what he is going to study in college but would love to pursue something involving animals.