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Ethics essay contest deadline March 12

The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics invites submissions for the 16th annual Ethics Essay Contest. Essays should be submitted by email to Dr. Dan Lee by Friday, March 12, 2021.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three essays: $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Essays will be judged by an outside evaluator on the basis of the following:

• Clarity

• Appropriate use of ethical ideas, theories and principles in addressing and clarifying the topic

• Depth, insight and creativity of analysis

• Thoughtfulness and plausibility of supporting arguments for the position taken. The particular position taken will not be a factor.

The suggested length is 2,000-3,000 words. The essay may address any significant ethical issue or examine a portion of the work of a significant ethical thinker. In all cases, the essay should take a position and defend it.

Submissions may come from any Augustana class or can be writing a student did outside of course work.  Work that was done to satisfy a course requirement during the current academic year or during spring semester of the previous academic year may be submitted, provided that the student submitting the work was a full-time student at Augustana College when the paper was written. Essays may not concurrently be submitted to other on-campus essay contests.

Winning submissions will be published in Augustana Digital Commons. Here are winning essays from previous years.


Dr. Dan Lee, 309-794-7258

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