Student Spotlight: Jared Howes
Hailing from Montana, Jared received a B.A. in theology from Carroll College. While at LMU he has had the pleasure of working as one of the Bioethics Institute's graduate assistants. His research interests include: Rural Bioethics, healthcare rationing, Bioethics education, and dementia care. He was recently invited to join Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit Universities. In his free time he enjoys, hiking, biking, fishing, and playing the Banjo. Upon graduation he will be pursuing an advanced M.S. in bioethics at the Catholic University of Leuven, where he will be researching ethics in dementia care.
Why did you first become interested in Bioethics ?
While at Carroll College I was one of a handful of theology majors, in fact, I was the only person in my graduating class to walk in theology. My interest was in moral theology, and most of my friends were in STEM fields related to healthcare: nursing, pre-med, pre-dental, pre-PT, etc. As such, we often discussed (or argued about) ethical issues they might one day face in the clinic. I think this is where I first became interested in bioethics. As I learned more about the field I began to recognize the unique problems facing healthcare as a fundamentally public endeavor, and after a couple of years pursuing other ventures I decided to return to school to focus on studying these issues deeper within Bioethics. Hence, LMU.
What do you like best about the program?
I appreciate that the classes are rigorous. The curriculum is designed to challenge me as a student in addition to immersing me in the bioethics literature. Correspondingly, the support the Institute provides is beyond excellent. The faculty and staff are always wiling to work with me if I ever need help with developing a paper, research project, etc. During my two years I truly feel the Institute has developed me as a scholar, imparting me with the skills and experiences necessary to enter into academia with confidence.
What are some hobbies you enjoy in your free time?
I really enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, mountain biking, etc. I always try and get back to Montana in the Summer and spend a few days camping with college friends in Glacier National Park. I also play banjo in the old-time style (AKA clawhammer style), and enjoy listening and learning about the history of old time folk music. Finally, I love beer. Finding new breweries to try is something I enjoy with friends and family. I have to be honest, though, and say that while LA has some good breweries, I still think Montana has the best...
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
This next year I will be moving to Leuven, Belgium and pursuing an advanced M.S. in Bioethics at the Catholic University of Leuven, where I will be researching the ethics of dementia care from a personalist framework. I am hoping to balance my experience in American perspectives by studying European approaches to Bioethics, the ultimate goal is to pursue doctoral studies with an emphasis on Bioethics.