Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis and Colloquium-Javier'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. Stay tuned for more information about Colloquium and other major events.

Javier ‘20
How flexible accommodation and treatment plans benefit people on the autism spectrum.

About Javier’s Thesis:
Javier’s thesis focuses on one of the most common neurological disorders—the autism spectrum disorder. This disorder has a wide variety of symptoms that can affect people in different ways. It normally affects a person's social skills, organizational skills, and their ability to interact with other people. Problems in these particular areas can cause a person on the spectrum to struggle in school and with making friends, which can make later life difficult for them. The best way to help these individuals with their symptoms is through in-class accommodations and treatments. The problem is that individuals on the spectrum have different needs and issues, so Javier believes that it is best to make a learning plan that will allow teachers and parents to directly base their treatments on the autistic person’s symptoms, rather than having a general accommodation plan for everyone who is affected by the spectrum.

Javier is passionate about this subject because the autism spectrum is an extremely common disorder that affects about 1 in every 68 people. Because this disorder affects so many people and can cause lifelong problems, Javier asserts that it is a matter of public health as well as mental health.

Researcher Bio:
Since 9th grade, Javier has been a member of the Bosque golf team, and this year he has taken on the role of team captain. Every summer since 7th grade, Javier has been a docent at the New Mexico Natural History Museum of Science. He plans to study Psychology or Evolutionary Biology in college.