Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Savanna '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.

Savanna ‘20
The cultural construct of being “Hispanic Enough” and the how that creates a cultural divide within the Hispanic community. 

About Savanna’s Thesis:
Savanna’s thesis examines the cultural construct of being “Hispanic Enough” and how that idea creates a cultural divide in the Hispanic community. The construct can heighten or dampen Hispanic individuals’ perceptions of their own identity. Throughout her thesis, she will examine the term “Hispanic” and the stereotypes associated with the ethnicity. She will also use examples from famous individuals and examine their challenges identifying as Hispanic.

This topic is important to Savanna because she has a personal connection to her thesis topic and has been affected by this topic in her own life.

Researcher Bio:
Savanna has been involved in varsity basketball since her freshman year of high school and has been captain the last two years. She plans on studying Nursing at Eastern New Mexico University.