Prindle Prizes

Awarding students for ethical inquiry

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 that is awarded at the annual Prindle Prize Reception. Read on for submission guidelines. Contact Jessica Mejia (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 Fall semester: Friday after finals week in December
  • 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.

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

Is there a prize reception each semester, or only in the spring? There is only one Prindle Prize reception, and it will be held in May 2020. We have two deadlines, one in the fall and one in the spring, to ensure that assignments from the fall semester don’t have an unfair advantage over the spring semester.

When should I expect to hear back about my coursework submission? Since submissions will be accepted until spring 2020, we will not have winners selected until after the deadlines. You will be notified in early May if your project from either semester was selected for a Prindle Prize. All winners will be invited to the Prindle Prize Reception, which will take place in May 2020.

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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