Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Madison '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.

Madison ‘20
What incentivizes youth voter turnout in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and how can we affect it?

About Madison’s Thesis:
Madison’s research focuses on voter turnout for previous presidential elections and what incentivizes young people to vote. Her fieldwork will consist of surveys sent to high schoolers at Bosque (via email) and high schoolers from other private schools, public schools, charter schools, and home schools (via social media and word-of-mouth). She will also be conducting interviews with one student from each of the following schools: Bosque School, Volcano Vista, AHS, Del Norte, and Cottonwood Classical. After finishing her paper and fieldwork, she hopes to invite more of the public to colloquium and give a presentation detailing the importance of voting in hopes to increase Albuquerque voter turnout in the November elections.

This is an important topic for Madison because she is aware that it is hardly being discussed in city-wide forums. 

Researcher Bio:
Madison is involved in Mock Trial, Bosque musicals, Tech Club, and MRC. She plans to study medicine or emergency medicine at Loyola University Chicago.