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Prindle Prizes

Awarding students for ethical inquiry

Please note that while the in-person Prindle Prize reception has been cancelled for 2020, we are still accepting submissions for prizes! They just won’t be awarded in-person this year. Every class you take at DePauw provides an opportunity to be acknowledged and honored for rigorously thinking through the ethical dimensions of the course topic. Prizes are available for coursework in STEM classes, humanities classes, the visual and performing arts, and more! Up to three prizes will be awarded per category. Prize winners receive a $300 honorarium. Read on for submission guidelines. Contact Jessica Mejía (jessicamejia@depauw.edu) with any questions you have about the prize program.

Submission Guidelines

  • Up to three $300 prizes will be awarded per category.
  • Deadline for Spring semester: May 1, 2020
  • Must be an assignment from from the semester in which you submit (i.e. fall submissions need to be from fall semester courses of the current academic year, and spring submissions from spring semester courses of the current academic year).
  • Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories:
    • Humanities
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
    • Social Science
    • Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts
    • Technology
    • First-Year Seminar (Fall semester only)
    • Thesis (submissions must be from the current academic year)
  • In addition to your paper or project, you will also submit either an ethics abstract or ethics statement. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about the abstract/addendum requirement.
  • Please note that if you are a student currently working at or for the Prindle Institute in any capacity (as an intern, staff writer, etc.), you are not eligible for the Prindle Prize program.

Spring 2020 Prindle Prizes Submission Form Submission deadline May 1, 2020.

Spring 2020 Prindle Prize Submission Form

Ethics Abstract

If the paper or project explicitly includes ethical reflection or obviously discusses an ethics issue (e.g. a paper on moral philosophy, public policy, a social justice issue, etc.), please include a 250-500 word abstract that summarizes the ethical dimension of the paper.

Ethics Statement

If the paper or project does not explicitly involve moral reflection or discuss an ethical issue (i.e. a science research project, a computer science assignment, a painting, a sculpture, etc.), please include an addendum of 500-1000 words in which you explain how ethics relates to the project. For example, you might wish to highlight the moral implications of your research project, or explain how your artwork communicates a message relating to ethics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a prize reception in 2020? Out of an abundance of caution, DePauw University has cancelled all in-person classes and events beginning March 14, 2020. Therefore, this year, we will not hold a prize reception. However, prizes will still be awarded! Students are encouraged to submit their coursework via the form above.

Does my submission for a Coursework Prize have to be from a DePauw class from this year? Yes, Prindle Coursework Prizes need to be from a DePauw course from the 2019-2020 school year. Fall submissions need to be from fall semester courses. Spring submissions need to be from spring semester courses.

How do group submissions work for Coursework Prizes? Students are welcome to submit their group projects together, and the honorarium will be shared between the recipients. However, if just one person wants to submit a group assignment, the following rules apply:

  • If the group project focuses specifically on an issue of ethics (and thus requires only a brief ethics abstract), then the prize goes to the group.
  • If the group project does not deal explicitly with ethics (and thus requires an ethics statement of 500-1000 words analyzing the ethical issue), then the prize goes to the student(s) who reflected on the ethical issue in the ethics statement.

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