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  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: Not yet finalized!  I am considering taking a look into the ethics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.  I am intrigued by the moral quandaries surrounding healthcare in the U.S. that Obamacare proposes to solve, as well as the ethical issues that this policy presents.

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.




Drew MolboskiDrew Molboski, '15 Russian








Sean GuptaVivek (Sean) Gupta, '15 Biology









Karampreet KaurKarampreet Kaur, '15 Biology (pre-med) 









 Julia HarrisonJulia Harrison '15 Biology









JosieJosie 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."



LauraLaura Hayes '16 Government










Carly 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 TBD



LedaLeda Espinoza '16 Biology








Iris LiuIris Liu '16 Biology

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.







JoshJosh Tupler '16 Government

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








 Jake BayerJake Bayer '16 Government

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






Christine MayberryChristine Mayberry '16 History 








Erin PurcellErin Purcell '15 English

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?


Chad ZhangYanchen (Chad) Zhang '15 Neuroscience









Sophia Pedlow '15 History

Eliana Kim '15 Chemistry

Taylor Woolrich '16 Economics

Sonia Robiner '16 Economics

Sarah Zmarrou '16 Government

Michelle Martinez '17 Psychology

Issa Sylla '17 Undeclared


Last Updated: 1/26/15