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Graduate Ethics Essay Prize Submissions Due

Graduate Ethics Essay Prize Submissions Due

SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is proud to host the third year of the Ethics Essay Prize - an essay competition open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at SMU. The competition is intended to encourage the development of ethical discernment, imagination, and thoughtful reflection among students. We hope it will challenge students to consider the role of ethics in their lives. Further, the contest provides the Maguire Ethics Center with valuable insights into topics of importance to students.

Submission Deadlines

Undergraduate Submissions: Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Graduate Submissions: Friday, March 10, 2023


First Place: $1,000

Second Place: $500

Third Place: $300

Honorable Mentions: $200


Essay Topic

The Maguire Ethics Essay Prize is an open ethics-topic contest. To be considered, the essay should describe an ethical issue you have encountered and examine what it taught you (or what you are still learning from it). You may have been influenced by a class you took, a professor who inspired you, a piece of art that evoked response, a law that affects you, a meaningful research experience, some moral quandary you have faced, or something that provides you with peace or happiness.  There is no “right” topic.  

The undergraduate portion of the contest is conducted during the fall semester and the graduate portion is during the spring semester.

Friday, March 31, 2023
All Day Event
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)

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