Student Fellowships in Ethics

The Ethics Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is pleased to offer two undergraduate Fellowships in Ethics, generously funded by the family of John T. McLaughlin, MD, '37 CLAS.

  • The John T. McLaughlin, MD Student Fellowship in Ethics
  • The Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA Student Fellowship in Ethics

The aim of these Fellowships is to support student opportunities to research, develop and execute undergraduate co-curricular or extra-curricular programming aimed at expanding ethics discussions on topical issues. McLaughlin Fellowship gives preference to projects on healthcare ethics and bioethics, and the Sr. Thea Bowman Fellowship gives preference to projects that examine moral issues related to minoritized communities.

Projects may take a variety of forms. Examples include but are not limited to a research paper disseminated to one’s peers, a performance piece, a series of workshops for undergraduates, virtual materials for undergraduates, a movie series followed by moderated discussion or learning modules for residence life focused on the moral development of undergraduate students.

Fellowships are awarded each spring semester and runs the duration of the entire fiscal year after the award. (June 1 to May 31). All fellowship activities will take place during this time.

Fellows will serve on the Ethics Program Advisory Council (one meeting a year) and serve as an ambassador for the Ethics Programs with their peers.

Fellows will attend the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, annual ethics lecture (fall) and the Praxis Award celebration (spring).

Fellows will turn in an “end of the year” report, due during finals week of the spring semester of their fellowship. This document outlines the results of their Fellowship activities and should include a reflection on those activities.

Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend.

Students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates during the period of their funded activities. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible for Ethics Fellowships.

Students from all colleges are welcome to apply for the Fellowship. CLAS and VSB students must have taken ETH 2050 to apply. Nursing and Engineering students can use the following as equivalents for ETH 2050 for the purposes of this Fellowship: PHI 2115 or PHI 2155 or PHI 2180. All student proposals must focus on ethics, though proposals can be relevant to their field of undergraduate study.

Students must select a full-time Ethics faculty member to be their faculty mentor for the project. Faculty mentors are encouraged to collaborate with the student, but student leadership of the project must be the core element.

Depending on the project, students must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research workshop, offered in early June through The Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships.


Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl®

Since 2000, the Villanova Ethics Program sponsors a team consisting of five undergraduate students to prepare, travel, and compete in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl®. This event has regional and national competitions featuring the examination of ethics cases often pulled from the news headlines. It is not a debate, where each side takes opposing views. The goal of the APPE IEB® is to advance the capacity of students to examine difficult moral issues constructively and respectfully. The national competition, which draws together the top 36 teams from the regional rounds, is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.

Our teams often do very well in these competitions—often making it to the final rounds in the national competition. Students interested in joining a team should send their name, year, major (or possible major), along with a statement of interest by email, to Mark Wilson, PhD. Applicants are encouraged to include information about their coursework and background in ethics, along with any questions about the Ethics Bowl team that they may have.


College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the Ethics Program, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

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