Special announcement! Learn more about our Bioethics Research Showcase.

 

Bioethics Research Showcase v.1

Share your work with the world.

The undergraduate bioethics research showcase at Georgetown is a juried exhibition of student work in a variety of categories and disciplines, reflecting the intersection of the many topics in the ethics of health, the environment, and emerging technologies that comprise the field of bioethics.

The showcase is scheduled for April 15-16, 2015, a date chosen to coincide with two other on-campus research symposia (the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Conference), with the expectation that some students will show their work in multiple venues. Prizes will be awarded (first place: $500, second: $250, third: $100) for outstanding submissions within a category.

Generously funded by a grant from the Mary Elizabeth Groff Surgical Medical Research and Education Charitable Trust, our first year will bring together faculty and students from across campus to nurture and celebrate undergraduate research in many disciplines.

Develop a project

We’re hosting a series of specialized workshops in the early spring to help you discover, develop, and grow your research idea. Faculty and staff at these workshops will help with conceptualization, direction and development of a research idea (through mentoring, access to the project development resources of the KIE’s EthicsLab, and connections with on-campus resources), the actual conduct of research, and tips for presentation and communication of work.

Details & Deadlines

Final submission deadline: March 30, 2015

Showcase date: April 15-16, 2015

Submission categories:

  • Posters
  • Academic Papers
  • Multimedia/Performing Arts
  • Literature/Literary Analysis
  • Journalism/Journalistic Reporting
  • Policy Proposal/Business Plan

Judging criteria for submission categories will be made public prior to the final due date.

Questions: bioethicsshowcase@georgetown.edu

Workshops

Working up an idea to submit to the Undergraduate Bioethics Research Showcase or exploring possible topics for a submission? Come to one or more workshops offered by Georgetown faculty and staff to help you develop your ideas in order to “showcase” your work. Winning submissions also will be featured in an online gallery; all students who participate and their project titles and types will be listed.

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Sign up for updates

Interested? Click the sign-up link below to stay updated about workshops, or to request personal assistance or mentorship in developing an existing line of research.

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Minor in bioethics at Georgetown.

Interested in ethical issues in medicine? Want to explore moral and political questions surrounding the environment and technology?

There are two ways to focus your undergraduate studies in bioethics at Georgetown: through a minor in Philosophy and Bioethics, or (for philosophy majors) through a concentration in Bioethics.

Minor in Philosophy and Bioethics

The minor requires six courses. A minimum of four must be taught by the Department of Philosophy; up to two can be approved courses taught in other departments. Philosophy courses that count toward the minor include the philosophy courses taken to satisfy the General Education Requirements; Ethical Theory (PHIL 232); any philosophy course that intersects significantly with bioethical issues and up to one course in the philosophy of science. Philosophy of science courses, as well as those taught outside the Philosophy Department, must be approved by the Bioethics Minor Coordinator (Laura Bishop). Finally, at least two of the philosophy courses taken for the minor must be at the 200-level or above.

Bioethics Concentration (for Philosophy Majors)

Philosophy majors can earn a Bioethics Concentration by completing (in addition to the major requirements): (a) Ethical Theory (PHIL 232) and (b) three bioethics courses such that (i) at least one of which must be an upper-level philosophy course, (ii) no more than two of which may be offered outside the department and count toward the concentration, and (iii) no more than one of which may be offered outside the department and count toward the major. (See more at the Philosophy Department page.)

Questions about the Philosophy and Bioethics minor or about the Bioethics Concentration should be directed to Laura Bishop.

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Explore this year’s bioethics courses.

(All of these count towards the Bioethics Minor; all are for Fall 2015; Please note that some additional courses may be added to this list so please check back)

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 105-01: Ethics Bioethics · Jacob C. Earl
  • PHIL 105-02: Ethics Bioethics · Walter P. Glazer
  • PHIL 105-03: Ethics Bioethics · Michael Randall Barnes
  • PHIL 124-01: Ethics The Environment · James Cleon Olsen
  • PHIL 124-02: Ethics The Enviroment · McKay S. Holland
  • PHIL 126: Ethics Contemporary Moral Issues · Joshua Luczak
  • PHIL 129: Ethics Global Justice · Colin Hickey
  • PHIL 430: Moral Agency and Responsibility · Karen Stohr*
  • PHIL 441: Bioethics and “Abnormal Bodies” · Rebecca Kukla

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 261-01: Science/Society: Global Challng (Science/Society: Global Challenges) · Francis Slakey
  • HESY 176: The Health Care Delivery System · Amanda Liddle
  • HESY 176-01: The Health Care Delivery System · Patricia Cloonan
  • HESY 355: Health in a Free Society · John Kraemer
  • PHYS 203-01: Science/Society: Global Challng (Science/Society: Global Challenges) · Francis Slakey and Allyson Anderson
  • THEO 076: Religious Ethics and Moral Issues · Terrence Reynolds

* Students wishing to take this course towards the Bioethics Minor or Bioethics Concentration should alert the professor and the Bioethics Minor Advisor Laura Bishop.

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Tallying classes for the minor? Check out past years below.

Spring 2015 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 010: Introduction to Ethics · 
multiple professors; multiple sections
  • PHIL 020: Introduction to Philosophy · 
multiple professors; multiple sections
  • PHIL 105-01: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Karen Stohr
  • PHIL 105-02: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Larry Bryce Huebner
  • PHIL 105-03: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Margaret O. Little
  • PHIL 105-04: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Laura Guidry-Grimes
  • PHIL 110-01: Ethics: Debates in Bioethics · 
Colin Hickey
  • PHIL 124-01: Ethics: The Environment · 
James Cleon Olsen
  • PHIL 124-02: Ethics: The Environment · 
James Cleon Olsen
  • PHIL 144-01: Ethics: Human Rts, Global Just · 
G. Madison Powers
  • PHIL 232-01: Ethical Theory · Alisa L. Carse
  • PHIL 294: Bioethics: Theory & Practice · 
Tom L. Beauchamp

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 262-01: Shaping National Science Polic · 
Francis Paul Slakey
  • STIA 356-01: Global Health and Ethics · 
Irene Jillson
  • THEO 145-70: Islam, Culture and Bioethics · 
Ayman Shabana

Fall 2014 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 105-01: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Travis Rieder
  • PHIL 105-02: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Laura Guidry-Grimes
  • PHIL 105-03: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Jacob Earl
  • PHIL 105-04: Ethics: Bioethics · Maggie Little
  • PHIL 129-01: Ethics: Global Justice 
 · James Olsen
  • PHIL 129-02: Ethics: Global Justice · 
James Olsen
  • PHIL 138-01: Ethics: Environmental Ethics · 
Colin Hickey
  • PHIL 398-01: Philosophy of Biology
 · Larry Bryce Huebner
  • PHIL 435: Global Justice/The Environment · 
Madison Powers

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 261-01: Science/Society: Global Challenges 
Francis Slakey
  • INAF 398-01: Comparative and International Medical Law & Ethics Debra Wilson
  • PHYS 203-01: Science/Society: Global Challenges
 Francis Slakey
  • STIA-356-01: Global Health Ethics
 Irene Jillson

Spring 2014 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 105-01: Ethics: Bioethics · Karen Stohr
  • PHIL 105-02: Ethics: Bioethics ·
  • PHIL 105-03: Ethics: Bioethics · Colin Hickey
  • PHIL 105-04: Ethics: Bioethics · Cassie Herbert
  • PHIL 106: Ethics: Autonomy and Health · Laura Guidry-Grimes
  • PHIL 124: Ethics: The Environment · James Olsen
  • PHIL 232: Ethical Theory · Alisa L. Carse
  • PHIL 294: Bioethics: Theory & Practice · Tom L. Beauchamp

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • STIA 356: Global Health Ethics · Irene Jillson

Fall 2013 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 103: Bioethics/End of Life/The Law · 
I. John Keown
  • PHIL 105: Ethics: Bioethics · 
  • PHIL 127: Ethics: Animal Rights Origins · 
  • PHIL 137: Ethics: Ethics and Technology · 
  • PHIL 350: Theory & Practice in Bioethics · 
Tom L. Beauchamp
  • PHIL 435: Global Justice/The Environment · 
G. Madison Powers
  • PHIL 496: Ethics of Death & Dying · Robert M. Veatch


Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 361: Science/Society:Global Challenges · 
  • BIOL 363: Health Disparities · 
  • GOVT 354: Environmental Politics · 
  • INTH 177: Epidemiologic Applications: Population Health · 
  • STIA 322: Global Health Systems and Policy · 
  • PHYS 203: Science/Society: Global Challenges · 
  • STIA 365: Global Health Ethics · 
  • STIA 412: Climate Science & Policy · 

Spring 2013 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 100: Ethics: Bioethics & Animals · 
Laura Guidry-Grimes
  • PHIL 102: Ethics: Making People · 
Travis Rieder
  • PHIL 105: Ethics: Bioethics · 
Matt Burstein, Rebecca Kukla, Maggie Little
  • PHIL 129: Ethics: Global Justice · 
Yashar Saghai
  • PHIL 138: Ethics: Global Warming · 
Marcus Hedahl

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 004: G-Ecology · Edward Barrows
  • BIOL 008: Ecology & the Environment · Philip Sze
  • HEST 190: Women’s Health Issues · Maryanne Lachat
  • HESY 010: Health Care in America · Robin Goldenberg
  • HESY 205: Legal Environment of Health Care · Roderick Chen and Joseph Hudzik
  • STIA 356: Global Health Ethics · Irene Jillson
  • TBIO 558: Contemporary Issues in Genetics and Society · Beth Peshkin

Fall 2012 Classes

Courses in the Department of Philosophy

  • PHIL 103: Bioethics, the End of Life, and the Law · John Keown
  • PHIL 105: Ethics: Bioethics · Laura Bishop, Matt Burstein
  • PHIL 106: Bioethics: Autonomy & Health · Laura Guidry-Grimes
  • PHIL 110: Ethics: Quality of Life · Clint Hall
  • PHIL 139: Ethics: Technologies of Self · Matt Burstein
  • PHIL 142: Ethics: Rights · Chong Choe
  • PHIL 232: Ethical Theory · Karen Stohr
  • PHIL 376: Bioethics & Mental Illness · Wilfried Ver Eecke
  • PHIL 481: Theories of Medical Ethics · Robert Veatch

Courses Outside the Department of Philosophy

  • BIOL 008: Ecology & the Environment · Philip Sze
  • BIOL 361: Science & Society: Global Challenges · Allyson Anderson
  • BIOL 363: Health Disparities · Anne Rosenwald
  • CULP 344: Green Politics · Shiloh Krupar
  • GOVT 354: Environmental Politics · Phil Hagan
  • HESY 355: Health, Law, and Ethics · John Kraemer
  • STIA 356: Global Health and Ethics · Irene Jillson
  • STIA 412: Climate Science and Policy · Joanna Lewis

Make friends in bioethics.

Outside the classroom, get connected with bioethics at Georgetown by joining the Undergraduate Bioethics Society, the or the Georgetown Ethics Bowl or Bioethics Bowl Teams. Attend KIE-sponsored events, such as our weekly Friday cookies & bioethics speakers series in the Bioethics Research Library, bioethics film showings, networking events, internship opportunities, and more. Check out fellow student work at our annual campus-wide Conversations in Bioethics event, or have some of your own featured!

Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop about upcoming events and opportunities.

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Georgetown Undergraduate Bioethics Society

The UBS is a student group for undergraduates interested in ethical issues in health care, the environment, and technology. Past events include bioethics movie nights, networking events, monthly co-sponsorship of a speaker at the KIE’s weekly Friday Bioethics Speakers Series, and, in 2013, playing host to the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference.

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Ethics Bowl & Bioethics Bowl

Each team competes in debate-style competitions (debating contentious cases and moral quandaries) with students from all over the country.

Bioethics Bowl takes place every spring at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, which means students have the benefit of being able to reflect on the topics in the richer context of an academic conference program. Bioethics Bowl is focused on ethical issues within medicine and public health policy.

Ethics Bowl has regional competitions followed by nationals, which takes place at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Ethics Bowl cases cover a wide variety of contemporary issues that are morally problematic for professionals and the public at large.

Check out our impressive win record, including several national first-place victories, at the Georgetown University Ethics Teams website. The Ethics Teams are co-sponsored by the KIE and Philosophy Department.

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Meet some students.

Every year, hundreds of students study bioethics and applied ethics at Georgetown. For many, their studies have a deep and lasting impact. These are some of their stories.

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