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Lara BalickLara Balick, Biology, '19

Reason for Minor: I am captivated by the intersection of life sciences, business, and ethics, particularly in the areas of regenerative medicine, gene therapy/ gene editing, and artificial intelligence.

New technologies are changing how health care is delivered. This explosion of technological innovation is allowing people to take control of their own health in ways never before possible. I want to be at the epicenter of these changes.

 I’m studying ethics because in my career I want to find my own meaningful roles in shaping big, world-changing ideas. My dream is to help create a society where rapid innovations in science, technology, and business improve accessibility to health care.


Bill KosmidisBill Kosmidis, Government, '19

Reason for Minor: Bill Kosmidis, a member of the Class of 2019, is majoring in Government with a concentration in International Relations, and double minoring in Public Policy and Ethics.  With the goal of attending law school after Dartmouth, Bill’s desire to minor in Ethics arose from his concern with the ethical implications that lawmakers and the policies they enact have on our society and the international community as a whole.  The Ethics Minor supplements Bill’s education by training his mind to morally apply the theories and concepts he learns in his classes within the context of real world ethical scenarios.


Storey Pickett Dyer Kloman, Geography, '17

Storey Culminating Project Title:   "The Ethics of Businesses Leveraging Social Issues for Revenue Gains"

Reason for Minor:  I have always been interested in applied ethics, especially in relation to medical/clinical ethics. As a geography modified with economics major, an ethics minor allows me to continue to pursue that interest while simultaneously providing me with the perfect framework to connect my two majors. 


Michelle Martinez, Neuroscience Anthropology, Double Major,  '17

 Michelle MartinezCulminating Project Title: "The Ethics of Dementia: An Adult Child’s Choice on Nursing Home Placement"







Caroline Braun, Neuroscience, '18

 Caroline Braun

Christiana Johnson, Neuroscience, '17

Christiana Johnson


Allison Liegner, Economics, '17

Allison LiegnerCulminating Project Title: "Ethics and the Atom Bomb"

Reason for Minor: Allison Liegner is majoring in Economics modified around political and economic development with a minor in Ethics. She is interested in the intersection between traditional ethic and new technology, specifically the political implications of biotech and how that synthesizes historical metaphysics. She is writing her culminating experience on the ethics of nuclear weaponry in World War II - which includes research into the fields of war ethics and military history. She views the study of ethics as a personal and political exercise that deepens one's understanding of society and the self.

Brooke Ahbe, Psychology, '18

Brooke AhbeReason for Minor: I am a Psychology major and looking to expand my knowledge of education and research ethics. An ethics minor allows me to expand my knowledge of Psychology with education courses focusing on research methods on how to improve learning. I get to discuss and listen from different societal backgrounds that aid my psychology curriculum. The ethics minor allows me to gain a more open and understanding mindset that allows my psychology knowledge to be used in a more ethical manor.

Marshall WilsonW. Marshall Wilson, Biology, '17









 David KlingesDavid Klinges, Biology, '17










David SherDavid Sher, History, '17 

Reason for Minor:  I am fascinated by the number of ethical conflicts of interest found throughout modern day society. My love for ethics stems mainly from a sincere interest to define right and wrong outside of the bounds of self-justification, as well as a desire to understand the intrinsic motivations that underly many societal institutions. In studying ethics at Dartmouth, I have not only had the opportunity to think deeply about a wide range of aspects of our society, but I have also been forced to develop my ability to formulate strong and coherent arguments. Although I do not generally limit my study of ethics to a single field, I am particularly interested in the ethics of large public and private institutions ranging from sports associations to public government programs.



Else DrooffElse Drooff, Geography, '18









Hanna BalchaHanna Fekede Balcha, Neuroscience, '17






Outstanding Alums

Josh TuplerJosh Tupler will be conducting research at Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy about Canada and NATO allies’ decisions to use military in the post-Cold War era. Josh will focus on increasing understanding about what influence allies can exert on U.S. national security to better equip policymakers with information to deal with future conflicts.

Josh Tupler graduated from Dartmouth College magna cum laude with departmental honors majoring in Government, focusing on International Relations & Security, and minoring in Ethics. Josh is passionate about U.S. national security policy and understanding the root causes of conflict and the decision to use military force. Josh was previously a fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs where he published research about the interrelationship between war and peace. Josh has also presented research at academic conferences across the world—including the Trans Atlantic Studies Conference in Ghent, Belgium where he discussed what role allies, principally Canada, could play in augmenting U.S. ballistic missile defense efforts. At Dartmouth, Josh’s senior honors thesis focused on assessing the military balance in East Asia and the potential for a U.S.-China conflict.

Research interest: Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, U.S.–China relations

Last Updated: 5/2/17