Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Jason '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.

Since we are not likely to be able to hold a live Colloquium this year due to COVID-19 and campus closures, we are looking at options to showcase these presentations on our website. Stay tuned.

Jason ‘20
How can natural psychedelics benefit people with mental illnesses, and how can they change modern medicine?

About Jason’s Thesis:
Psychedelics have been known as a class of drugs/substances that make users hallucinate, have euphoric experiences, and increase their state of awareness. These substances are illegal in the U.S. Additionally, they are classified as non-medicinal and are viewed as risky in terms of addiction. With studies facilitated by different organizations throughout the U.S., these substances have shown positive effects in benefiting people who have mental illnesses such as depression, addiction, schizophrenia, etc. With more research being released to the public, it is becoming clear that these substances may have beneficial medicinal qualities.

This topic is important to Jason because many people suffer from mental illnesses; he argues that many of the treatments doctors prescribe have very little positive effect on patients. He believes that individuals may have a higher chance of benefiting from these psychedelic treatments compared to other traditional treatments.

Researcher Bio:
Jason plays golf and basketball at Bosque. He enjoys producing music in his spare time and hopes to study music or business in college.