Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics
Ethics Essay Contest – Spring 2012
$300 Cash Award – First Place
$200 Cash Award – Second Place
$100 Cash Award – Third Place
$50 Cash Award – (2) Honorable Mentions
Eligibility : Anyone enrolled in a program of study at the University of Baltimore during fall 2011 Semester (includes all undergraduate, graduate and law students)
Suggested Essay Topics :
- Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and explain what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.
- Please Note: This topic is only a suggestion. Students may write about any topic they wish, as long as it explores the theme of ethics with critical thinking and imagination. ( Student papers from classes are eligible if they meet these criteria .)
What the Readers Look For :
- Clear articulation and analysis of the nature of an ethical issue and/or moral dilemma (I.e., why is this an ethical issue and what does it mean to the writer?)
- Adherence to guidelines and carefully proofread essays
- Demonstration of in-depth wrestling with the ethical issue/moral dilemma
- Observation of rules for Standard English usage (grammar, punctuation, mechanics) in writing
- Thoroughly thought-out, tightly focused essay.
- Originality and imagination
Essay Format :
- In five to seven (5-7) pages you are encouraged to raise questions, single out issues, identify dilemmas and offer your own moral opinion on the topic.
- Essays may be written in the formal or informal voice, but most importantly , an individual voice should be evident.
- The essay should be developed from your point of view and may take the form of an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, psychological, sociological or theological.
- An essay must be original work of one student.
- Essays should be titled, written in English, and typed in 12-font easily readable font (such as Times New Roman), double-spaced with 1” margins and numbered pages.
DEADLINE: December 9, 2011
For more details, e-mail, call, or stop by the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics Room 204AC; 410-837-5379; Hoffberger@ubalt.edu