Student Spotlight: Kate Hansen

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Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

I decided to declare a bioethics minor because I find the intersection between science and theology fascinating. With the advancement of technology and the current political climate, bioethics is at the forefront of many national and global issues. I believe that a background in bioethics is crucial for working in law or politics, which are two fields that I’m most interested in working in.


What are some particular bioethical issues you are interested in, and why?

I am most interested in the political aspect of bioethics. For example, I wrote an opinion piece for The Bioethics Hub on a government-mandated Covid-19 vaccine. I think that there is a fine line between autonomy and government involvement in bioethics, especially with such controversial topics like physician-assisted suicides, eugenics, and abortions.


What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I am the head swim coach for a team at a country club in my hometown. I grew up swimming for this club’s summer swim team since I was four years old. I started working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at age 15. Two years ago, I started coaching for the summer swim team program. During Covid, in accordance with state restrictions, I created a plan to reopen the swim team during the summer for our kids. As I’m home for the Fall 2020 semester due to the pandemic, we have extended our program to a fall and winter swim team.


What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After graduation, I plan on staying at LMU to complete my Master’s in bioethics. I also plan on pursuing a law degree. I am most interested in working as a bioethics attorney or in politics at the state or national level. I believe that a bioethics background in politics is crucial for policymaking and understanding the science behind these policies that shape our country.