Skip to main content
Home >   People

Meet the Minors

  Katie Bernhard, '15 Environmental Studies

Katie BernhardCulminating Project: : "Tim DeChristopher, BLM, and Justice: Are Environmental Civil Disobedience and Activism Morally Justified?"
Does current discourse regarding civil disobedience adequately address moral justifications for recent cases of environmental civil disobedience? Given the large-scale negative implications of climate change and environmental degradation, is environmental civil disobedience more morally justifiable than civil disobedience pertaining to narrower issues? What makes the laws in question—those being protested against—sufficiently unjust so as to justify protest? I plan to use one or two specific cases, particularly the case against environmental activist Tim DeChristopher, to elucidate these problems pertaining to the morality of environmental civil disobedience.

Reason for minor: I have always been interested in ethical issues regarding food, the environment, energy security, and development. Unfortunately, addressing ethical and moral dilemmas has become all the less common in modern economic, agricultural, and industrial processes and discourse. The study of applied ethics can allow students to inject some of this philosophy back into everyday processes.


Andrew Kenealy, '15 Government concentrating on International Relations

Andrew KenealyCulminating Project: "Humanitarian Military Intervention Decision Making: How Geopolitics Influence Presidents' Perceptions of the US Role in International Humanitarian Crises"

Reason for Minor: First, I love that ethics classes span across many different academic departments.  This provides an opportunity to explore different parts of the academic offerings at Dartmouth, discovering both commonalities and differences in coursework, while still forming a cohesive "cluster" of related courses at the end of your minor.  Second, and more importantly, I feel that the ethics minor supplements my major of government perfectly.  I think that studying ethics provides a means of analyzing moral issues that will inevitably arise in any government class.







 Vivek (Sean) Gupta, '15 Biology

 Sean GuptaCulminating Project:  Ethics of international medical intervention.










 Karampreet Kaur, '15 Biology (pre-med)

Karampreet KaurCulminating Project: "The Nature of Ethical Dilemmas that Afflict Tanzanian Healthcare Institutions"








 Julia Harrison '15 Biology

 Julia HarrisonCulminating Project: "The Ethics of Financial Compensation for Egg Donation"








 Josie Coury '15 Chemistry


Reason for minor: "I am minoring in ethics because I have always been interested in moral philosophy and specifically in the works of Immanuel Kant. I find the categorical imperative as an incredible sort of methodology to make moral decisions without the influence of religion or any conception of 'Bad Faith'( as Sartre would say). Aside from my interest in ethical theory, I chose to study specifically bioethics due to my passion for medicine and to become a physician. In my opinion, it is very important as a physician to have a strong ethical code and to have considered the multitude of ethical issues I will encounter in my medical career."

Culminating project: "I will be writing my culminating project on the ethics of companies that are involved in cancer campaigns. BMW, Yoplait, Estee Lauder, make incredibly large amounts of money off breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaigns. Do their intentions matter, or merely their actions of donations? What is a reasonable profit, donation ratio? And what is our moral obligation to consider these campaigns? I will explore the issues from my perspective that we are turning cancer into a product with large economic impacts on our market, which has turned some of these campaigns into unethical practices."


  Laura Hayes '16 Government

LauraCulminating Project:









 Carly Schnitzler '16 English modified with Philosophy


Reason for Minor: I have always been interested in applied ethics, especially in relation to the role of media in societal perception of ethical issues, so combining an ethics minor with an English/Philosophy major seemed like a natural fit. The minor brings my modified major together quite well - it provides a beautiful framework for me to bridge the gap between the literary empirical and the philosophical abstract in my studies.

Culminating project I will be exploring domestic nutritional and educational inequalities (and how the two interact) and what ethical solutions have been or should be proposed to attempt to remedy them.


Leda Espinoza '16 Biology 

LedaCulminating Project:








 Iris Liu '16 Biology

Iris Liu

Culminating Project: "Ethical Implications of Transitional Challenges in Hospice Enrollment: Quality Standards and the Affordable Care Act"

As the quality of end-of-life care in America has come under increasing fire in recent years, health care providers, patients and legislators have faced numerous challenges in addressing the stigma surrounding palliative and end-of-life care.






 Josh Tupler '16 Government


Culminating Project: "Strategic Schizoid: the Puzzle of Canadian Ballistic Missile Defense"







 Jake Bayer '16 Government

 Jake Bayer

Career goals:  Private Equity focused on middle-market investments, start-up marketing, strategic consulting.







 Christine Mayberry '16 History

Christine MayberryCulminating Project: 









 Erin Purcell '15 English

Erin Purcell

Reason for Minor: I am minoring in ethics because I find it to be a very interesting topic. I feel like the things I learn in my ethics classes carry over to other courses and intellectual areas of my life. Ethics seems like an interdisciplinary and useful skill. 

Culminating Project:  I'm writing my culminating project on what's colloquially known as the "mommy memoir" genre. Confessional personal narratives by women about how they've raised their children have sold very well, particularly over the past decade. However, due to the extremely personal and touchy nature of child-rearing, these books often bring a great deal of negative attention and judgement down upon the author's family. I'm looking at whether or not it's ethical for parents to tell their children's life stories in their own (sometimes quite lucrative) art. Is it right for a child's struggles to be defined and packaged by anyone but him or herself, when the public repercussions can be so great?



Yanchen (Chad) Zhang '15 Neuroscience

Chad ZhangCulminating Project: 










 Sophia Pedlow '15 History

sophia pedlowCulminating Project: Genetic Reproductive Technologies









Allison Liegner '17

Marie Plecha '16 Government

Marie Plecha

Taylor Woolrich '16 Economics

Sonia Robiner '16 Economics

Sonia Robiner

Sarah Zmarrou '16 Government

Storey Pickett Dyer Kloman '17

Michelle Martinez '17 Psychology

Issa Sylla '17 Undeclared


Last Updated: 6/4/15