Undergraduate Minors 

Clare Houston

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?  

I chose to pursue a bioethics minor because I believe in a harmony between morality and science; I think there is a balance we need to find between doing what we can and doing what is right when it comes to scientific and medical advancements. As an aspiring physician, I want to make sure I am equipped to find this balance in my future profession. 

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

I am particularly interested in the issues of abortion and euthanasia because of the polarized views surrounding them. I am also interested in learning how we can become better communicators of our ideas surrounding issues like these. 

 

What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

I have been doing musical theatre for seven years and love being on stage. I also enjoy making music, including playing piano, ukulele, and singing. My favorite way to spend a rainy day would be embroidering or sewing and listening to Taylor Swift or TedTalks! 

What qualities in another person do you value, and why? 

I most value the quality of empathy in others because I think that being able to put oneself in another's shoes is the purest way to achieve understanding and kindness. I work every day to be more empathetic for this reason. This quality is also important in bioethics because it allows us to see issues from different perspectives, which can lead to better decision making. 

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student & Intern

Clare Houston is from Torrance, California. She is a sophomore in the class of 2024, as well as a Biology major in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. 

Anna Grace Kalvelage

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student & Intern

Anna Grace Kalvelage is from Boston, Massachusetts. She is a sophomore in the class of 2024, as well as a Philosophy major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. 

What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

I love dance and have been dancing for over thirteen years; I have taken ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, contemporary, and tap. Currently, I love exploring new coffee shops around LA, and reading at home with my cat, Neo. 

Why did you decide to become a Bioethics minor? 

I took Intro to Bioethics during the spring of my freshman year, and it has been my favorite class at LMU. My professor encouraged me to take up bioethics as a minor after I expressed how much I loved the class; I did not even know it was an option until he brought it up. I value learning and the importance of studying what you love, and when I learned that I could further pursue bioethics as a minor I knew I had to take it up. 

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

I love animals and the environment and am interested in environmental ethics and ethics surrounding the role that animals currently play in research and medicine. I am also interested in mental healthcare ethics, specifically in terms of adolescents and how much autonomy they should have over their own treatment. 

 

What might someone be surprised to know about you? 

I originally got into LMU as a Theatre Arts major,  and since then have switched my major to psychology, then English and psychology, and finally philosophy; the only thing that has remained constant has been my bioethics minor. As I mentioned, I value learning and studying what you love; I think I had been trying to study what I thought made the most sense for me based on past hobbies, and I had failed to ask myself what was making me happy right now; that is how I finally landed on philosophy and bioethics, and I have never been happier. 

Isabella Shin

What might someone be surprised to know about you? 

Someone might be surprised to know that I have a twin brother. We are very different as we went to different high schools and colleges. Most people, who did not know me in middle school and before, are very surprised when I tell them this.  

What is your favorite destination, and why? 

My favorite destination is Hawaii because I have been going there ever since I was little. My dad's family lives there, and he grew up there. It is always fun to spend time with family in such a beautiful and familiar place. 

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Isabella Shin is from Houston, Texas. She is a sophomore in the class of 2023, as well as a Psychology major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. 

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?  

I decided to declare a minor in Bioethics because I found my Intro to Bioethics course extremely interesting. I particularly enjoyed the case studies and applying what we learned in class to those studies. That being said, I want to take more bioethics classes throughout my time at LMU, so I decided to add the minor.  

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

I am interested in the issue of informed consent as well as decision making and competence because a patient must meet the criteria in order to make an important health care decision. In addition, I am interested in the issue of abortion because it is very controversial, and I think it is interesting to read about the different perspectives as it also gives me further insight.  

Kiarah Hewitt

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Kiarah Hewitt is from El Dorado Hills, CA, about 30 minutes outside of Sacramento. She is a junior in the class of 2023, as well as a Biology major in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. 

What qualities in another person do you value, and why? 

I value someone who is loyal because I like to have people around me that will stick by, especially when I need them. I also value people who are kind and caring. Because who doesn’t want to be around someone who is nice and shows they care about you? 

 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?  

After graduating I hope to go to medical school. Once I graduate medical school, I hope to become either a pediatrician or an OBGYN.  

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor? 

I decided to declare a minor in Bioethics because I find the subject, and discussions within them, incredibly interesting. I am also pre-med student, and Bioethics by nature is truly relevant to the medical field. I felt that an education in the subject would offer me a greater insight into the ethics of medicine. 

 

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

Some issues I am interested in are the ethics of genetic enhancement and end of life care. These topics interest me because with ever-advancing technology in medicine, new questions are coming up about what are and are not ethical practices. I am super interested in the debates around these topics. 

  

What are some hobbies you enjoy?  

Two of my favorite hobbies are reading and writing. I have loved reading ever since I was younger, and writing is something that has become important to me in the last year or so at LMU. I also really love listening to music and baking. 

 

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Jake Bradford

LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Jake Bradford is from Roseville, California. He is a Junior in the class of 2023, as well as a Biology major in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. 

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?  

I chose to minor in Bioethics because found looking at a different side of healthcare very interesting. After taking my first class I saw the wide variety of issues and topics that could be discussed. I saw this as a very valuable skill that had a lot of real world applications rather than being all science and STEM. 

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

I find the ideas of Physician assisted suicide and patient autonomy really interesting topics. These real ethical issues are something that people deal with everyday and have to think critically about. I find it captivating that healthcare professionals are applying the skills I am learning about. 

What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

In my free time do many things to keep me active. I like to swim, play soccer, and play basketball. These sports help me decompress and relax from the pressure of classes. I also enjoy to play guitar which I have been playing for 14 years. 

What do you plan to do after you graduate? 

After I graduate I plan to apply to Medical school. I hope that I can get a MD and start working in a hospital and help others. I hope to become an ER doctor as I believe it would be the best fit for me. 

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Kate Hansen is from Tacoma, Washington. She is a sophomore in the class of 2023, as well as a Psychology major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

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.

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.

 

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Tyler Peltekci

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor? 

I decided to study bioethics because it is an incredibly important discipline that exists at the forefront of potent issues that society is and will continue to deal with throughout the coming century. The integration of human biology and technology, the emergence of unprecedentedly powerful computers, the general degradation of the environment, as well as many other existential risks all pose enduring problems for humanity. The twenty-first century has witnessed this advent of an unprecedented degree of technological, biomedical, and pharmacological progress that will surely have an enduring effect on the future of human life as a whole. These advancements entail great risks to the future, and I declared this minor to think through these risks and furthermore to try and formulate insightful observations and conclusions about them.

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

I’m interested primarily in trans-humanism, post-humanism, and existential risks. Existential risks are uniquely interesting to me, because the nature of these risks not only threatens the moral character of our species, but also threatens the existence of human morality itself. Recent advances in nanotechnology, brain-computer interfacing, and artificial general intelligence all signify the acceleration of an exponential force for human progress that calls the meaning of humanity itself into question. Bioethics thus gives me a pragmatic outlet for my education in theoretical philosophy by enabling me to ask these questions about the function, moral status, and direction of this exponential force for human progress.

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Tyler Peltekci is from Southern California. He is a senior in the class of 2021 and a philosophy major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I enjoy the arts. Whether it be film, music, painting, or other more experimental mediums; human creativity always seems to galvanize my interest. I take just as much pleasure in analyzing the different movements throughout the history of art and culture as I do in keeping up with contemporary movements. As my passion for art is expansive and always unsatiated, I am constantly in search of shocking new aesthetics and avant-garde ideas.

What qualities in another person do you value, and why?

I admire courage and patience. As a student of philosophy, I admire the courage of intellectuals who have ventured to confront the difficult problems and contradictions present throughout our history. Courage enables one to strive in the face of adversity and to push the limits of one’s own knowledge. It is the quality that foremost allows one to be relentless in their search for meaning and authenticity, to temporarily sacrifice one’s own comfort for something greater; this is what I find to be valuable about it. By the same token, patience is notably important. Without patience, the force of courage is severely diminished. That is to say that patience enables one to remain thoughtful in these contentious moments, to not rush toward impulses and instead consider the intricacies of their interactions and decisions. Patience is what allows one to be careful in their research, and formidable in their conclusions. The value of patience is the thoughtfulness that it incites, the carefulness that it demands, and ultimately the unique satisfaction that it provides.

Kayla Chang

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Kayla Chang was born and raised in Southern California and is in her second year of undergraduate study at Loyola Marymount University. She is a Philosophy major with minors in Bioethics and Chinese. She was the undergraduate intern at the LMU Bioethics Institute where she worked with graduate student, Cara Crew, on creating a page for the Bioethics Hub called “Radical Bioethics: Disability, Difference, and Desiderata”.

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

I am interested in being involved in policymaking for medical research. I declared a bioethics minor to be involved with the current ethical discussions with advances in medicine and biology to prepare myself to attend law school.

 

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

I am concerned about assisted reproductive techniques, genetic testing and screening, and clinical research ethics. Also, I am interested in the gray lines between morality and technology. Finally, I am concerned with environmental ethics and the responsibility and role of man for the earth and its inhabitants. 

 

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I enjoy an active lifestyle of traveling, exploring outdoors, and swimming in the ocean. I am a big proponent of experiencing different cultures through firsthand experience.

 

What qualities in another person do you value, and why?

I value an open mind to new cultures and learning new things. I believe that with an open mind to the world, every person has the opportunity to continue to grow into a worldly citizen

Lauren Morrison

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student

Lauren Morrison is a Senior in the class of 2021, pursuing a Psychology B.A. in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. She from Long Beach, California.

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

I decided on a Bioethics minor because it offered me a perspective that combines ethics, Sociology, and medicine. In this way, I can better address the impact of systemic factors that affect health outcomes for patients from underserved populations in the context of psychology. Ultimately, I feel that this minor gives me a more comprehensive education that is imperative to the development of diverse perspectives in the realm of academia.

 

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

I am interested in the accessibility of care, clinical research ethics, and mental health care treatment. Additionally, I am interested in the role of autonomy in care; specifically, the extent to which children should have autonomy over their own care. 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

First, some might be surprised to know that I am an avid simmer. Meaning, I thoroughly enjoy the game ‘Sims’, and I like to play it in my free time. Another fact someone might be surprised to know is that I have probably seen all my favorite movies over 20 times.

 

What is your favorite destination, and why?

My favorite destination is definitely London. I enjoy the compact - but clean - city environment more than LA, and all the free museums. I had the opportunity to study abroad there before travel was shut down due to COVID, and I cannot wait to go back as soon as it is safe!

 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I hope to pursue additional research through a graduate program in Clinical Psychology. Specifically, I am interested in assessing the relationship between socio-environmental factors and ailments, to evaluate their impact on the psychological functioning of Black children. It is my ultimate goal to become a pediatric clinician who can effectively help children navigate burdensome aspects of their environment, resulting in better mental health outcomes. 

Babetta Aguirre

Why did you decided to declare a bioethics minor?

Going into my first semester at LMU, the bioethics minor had opened up, and I became interested in learning more about it. Even though I had never known anything about bioethics before its introduction, I felt that it integrated well with what I plan to focus on, career-wise. I am excited to see what the bioethics minor holds in store for me.

 

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

Some bioethical issues that I am interested in are end-of-life treatment and trans-humanism. I think that in the present time we live in and the technological advancements that continue to take place, it is important to learn about the right and wrong aspects of life. 

 

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I enjoy watching movies at home by myself or with friends and family. However, I find that there is nothing better than having a movie theatre experience while doing so. I also like listening to music and crime documentary podcasts during my free time.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up, and why?

When I was younger, I always knew that I wanted to study the human brain and body. I read countless books on these topics that detailed the number of cells in the body to the neural connectivity in the brain. However, I could never define what area I wanted to work in until I came across neuroscience. This is where I hope to specialize in and add a holistic approach to my profession as well.

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Babetta Aguirre is from Los Angeles, California. She is a transfer student from El Camino College, where she obtained her A.A. in Psychology. She is a senior in the class of 2021, as well as a Psychology major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

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