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Ethics essay contest deadline Feb. 24

The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics invites submissions for the 15th annual Ethics Essay Contest. Essays should be submitted by email to Dr. Dan Lee by Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

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 spring term of last year or fall or J-term this year. It also can be writing an individual did outside of course work. 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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