Each academic year, students at IU Bloomington who are conducting research for a class or honors project in any school or department may apply for a $200 Research Prizes in Practical Ethics for Undergraduates. Submissions are announced in the Fall semester, and the prizes are awarded in a competitive process.

These research prizes are intended to stimulate ethical reflection in undergraduate education, reward highly motivated students, and facilitate innovative projects across the disciplines. They enable students to develop close mentoring relationships with IU faculty and take advantage of the input and expertise of the Poynter Center community.

Winning projects address ethical issues in the given field. To see examples of winning proposals, take a look at our Previous Winners. To be notified of the 2014-15 application period, like the Poynter Center on Facebook, or email eayoung@indiana.edu.

2013-14 Prize Winners

Congratulations to...

Rachel Green

Junior in Sociology, Economics, and LAMP.

"The Ethics of the Social Worker," an in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding a social worker who takes a minor client into her home for a night against professional regulations.

Faculty Advisor is Professor Timothy Fort, Kelley School of Business

Avinash Inabathula

Junior in Neuroscience and Biology

"The Global Water Crisis: The Ethics of Clean Water," a cross-sectional analysis of the ethics of water delivery systems and interventions for the IU Timmy Global Water Project.

The Faculty Advisors are Catherine Reck, Chemistry, and Stephanie Kane, School of Global and International Studies

Both winners will present on their completed projects in Spring 2014.


Previous Winners of Research Prizes for Undergraduates

For information in undergraduates who have received Poynter Research Prizes in previous years, please visit this page.