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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 senior in the class of 2024, as well as a Biology major in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. 

Violet Wright

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor? 

Bioethics felt like a perfect complement to my studies in political science. Observing and understanding the intricacies of care, morality, and ethics are critical pillars to ensuring just participation, equitable implementation, and increased access to the law and policy-making process.

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

Within the larger study of bioethics, I am interested in looking at the intersection between disability, self-determination, and justice. Specifically, I want to explore how the existing medical model could evolve into a more holistic, person-centered system - taking into account interests, preferences, intersectional identities, and levels of support needed - that is not hyper-reliant on false “norms” that end up serving many but few well.

What are some hobbies you enjoy?

In my spare time, I love to travel - my last adventure being a trip along the Irish coastline - bake anything with chocolate, and journey into other realities by reading novels and watching films. I am also a self-proclaimed coffee and tea connoisseur and am always looking for recommendations!

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I am constantly changing my look. Exploring my creativity through hair and makeup has long been a passion of mine!

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Violet Wright is from Sacramento. She is a Political Science major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Shreya Sachdev

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

I decided to declare a Bioethics minor having taken “Introduction to Bioethics” and falling in love with the class. We discussed topics that I had never been taught in high school, and I loved being exposed to different viewpoints and perspectives that I hadn’t even thought of before, and that really made me think critically. 

 

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

I’m really interested in how we allocate scarce medical resources, and I think that’s just because of everything we’ve gone through with the pandemic, and figuring out how we should allocate vaccines, COVID-19 tests, masks, beds, etc. It’s a very relevant and modern topic, and I would love to research more about it. 

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

People might be surprised to learn that I’m an international student! I have somewhat of an American accent, so people are surprised when I tell them I’m not from here. I’m from Switzerland.

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LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

What is your favorite destination and why?

My favorite destination is actually Los Angeles, which is why I wake up every day so grateful that I get to live in this city. I think Los Angeles is my favorite destination because I’m a Screenwriting major, and for film there’s no better place to be in the world than Los Angeles. 

What is the scariest situation you have found yourself in?

As much as I love Los Angeles, moving here was probably the scariest thing I’ve ever had to do. I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2021 for my sophomore year, and because the US still had their travel ban on most of Europe, my parents were unable to come with me to drop me off, so I had to come here all by myself. It was definitely scary, but also really exciting and a total adventure! 

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What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I love to dance and have been dancing for sixteen years specializing in hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and bollywood. I am also a coffee fanatic and love to try new coffee shops.

 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan to attend law school and attain a J.D degree. I am most interested in working as a medical malpractice attorney.

Nikhita Karthikeyan

LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Nikhita is an undergraduate student from San Jose studying Political Science and minoring in Bioethics

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

As a political science major wanting to pursue health law, I believe that a minor in bioethics would provide me with the perfect legal understanding for my career. Understanding morality and science is an integral part in the lawmaking process as there are many legal ramifications in healthcare. Ethical issues in the medical field is something that needs to be addressed and clearly understood to ensure the rights of individuals are protected

 

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

Pertaining to bioethical issues, I am interested in issues that revolve around patient healthcare. I am specifically interested in topics such as informed consent, assisted suicide, and patient autonomy. As time goes on, questions continue to arise regarding the ethical aspect of these topics which makes me even more interested.

Bailey Woinarowicz

LMU Bioethics Undergraduate Minor Student 

Bailey Woinarowicz is from Dana Point, California. She is a member of the class of 2024 and is a political science major in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts with minors in bioethics and health & society.

Why did you decide to declare a bioethics minor?

I decided to minor in bioethics because of my interest in learning the ethics that go behind medical decisions. As an aspiring physician assistant, I wanted to ensure that I am setting myself up well for the future by gaining knowledge to best equip myself for when I make tough patient care decisions. I found the minor by taking intro to bioethics as my theological inquiry course with Professor Gumer. After taking that course, I was inspired to declare the minor!

 

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

I am interested in exploring the ethical implications new healthcare innovations are going to have. I have an internship with the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) medical intelligence and innovation institute and have learned heavily about new emerging technologies that are going to be implemented into healthcare. Ensuring these technologies are ethical and equitable is vital in creating the highest quality of patient care possible.

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What are some hobbies you enjoy?

I was on the swim team at LMU, so I enjoy working out and swimming in my free time. I also love to cook new recipes and bake!

 

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I plan on attending the George Washington University Post-Baccalaureate program after taking a gap year. I plan on working as an EMT and a medical scribe, in addition to traveling to Europe during my free time! After completing my post-bacc I plan on applying to PA school and working as a pediatric emergency medicine PA.

Describe a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career?

The past two years I have served as the Vice President of Student Wellness within ASLMU. I am extremely proud of the work I have been able to accomplish in this role, through creating the VR Wellness Initiative and Health and Wellness Fund or advocating for free Narcan and flu shots. I will be able to look back on these experiences throughout my career as a healthcare provider and rely on the skills learned through the past two years in this role.

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