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Undergraduate Ethics Symposium Submissions

Join other bright undergraduates working on ethics (and some famous people, too)

Every spring, the Prindle Institute invites 25-30 students to our Undergraduate Ethics Symposium. The symposium is shaped around a series of workshops in which students present to one another their best work on a subject of ethical concern. Students will also get the chance to connect with our invited scholars and special guests. (Past guests have included feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian; the host of WNYC’s Death, Sex and Money podcast Anna Sale; The Atlantic senior editor James Hamblin; and Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.) You’ll get to attend invigorating keynote addresses on current ethical issues by our invited guests. And don’t worry, there’s also lots of s’mores making time. Check this page soon for our 2019 theme, submission form and special guest line-up.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is acceptable to submit to the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium? What is the length requirement?

Analytic essays – 3,500 word maximum
Works of fiction – 3,500 word maximum
Research & analysis – 3,500 maximum
Poetry – 5 to 10 poems
Plays – one-act or comparable length
Photographs – approximately 10 photos with a 300 word narrative explaining the ethical issue being addressed
Films/documentaries – up to 10 minutes long

When is the deadline to submit? February 1, 2019.

What will be my cost to attend the symposium? The Prindle Institute will pay for your transportation from the airport to DePauw, and lodging and meals while you are at DePauw. You are expected to seek travel funds from your institution. The Prindle Institute has a limited number of need-based travel grants available.

Will I present my paper? You will not present your own paper. You will instead workshop your paper with a small group of students, led by one of the keynote speakers or our guest scholars. Each participant will give a short summary of another person’s work. The author is then given a chance to respond before discussion about the work is opened to the entire group.

When should I plan to arrive and depart from the symposium? You will be required to attend the entire symposium. The schedule will be posted here soon.

When booking my flights, when should I plan to arrive at and depart from the Indianapolis International Airport? When booking your air travel, plan to arrive at Indianapolis International Airport before 3:30 p.m. on the first day of the symposium and depart after 4 p.m. on the last day of the symposium. The Prindle Institute will provide complimentary transportation between the Indianapolis airport and the Prindle Institute. If you miss the provided shuttle, you will be responsible for your own transportation at a cost of more than $80 each way.

What if the flights I find are much more than I can afford? The Prindle Institute expects that you will get sponsorship from your institution. If they will not help with your travel expenses, you can submit a letter from your provost explaining that you have exhausted all sponsorship avenues at your home institution. In that case, the Prindle Institute will consider a travel grant.

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