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Phillips Award in Ethics Essay Contest

generously supported by the Phillips, Samuel, Victor fund

2016—2017 Guidelines

The Phillips Award in Ethics is presented annually to an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College who has successfully demonstrated strength and interest in applied and professional ethics. Work may be in specific areas, such as medical or legal ethics, or in the broader arena of ethics applied to public life. A $250 prize is awarded to the winning paper.

The prize was established in 1990 by Gerald Phillips ('47), (Tuck '47) and Howard Phillips ('51), (Tuck '52) to honor their parents and by Stacy Phillips ('80) to honor her grandparents, Helen and Louis Phillips.

  • Essays/papers or projects must be completed during the past calendar year (Spring '16 term through the Spring '17 term).
  • Deadline for submission is Friday May 19, 2017. Papers or projects must be typed, double-spaced, with all citations and references clearly noted.
  • Maximum page length (12 point font): 15-30 pages.
  • Ethics Culminating Project papers may be submitted for consideration.
  • Include a brief cover letter with submission that includes your name, year, major, phone number, how, where and when we may contact you, and any other relevant information (i.e., your particular interests in applied and professional ethics, previous related work experiences and courses, etc.)
  • Your name may appear on the cover page only. Our office will remove your cover and put a numerical code on your paper. Submissions will be judged anonymously, by a committee appointed by the Faculty Advisory Board of the Ethics Institute.
  • The winning essay/paper or project report may be reproduced, in whole or in part, on the Ethics Institute's website.

Please submit papers via E-mail to: Ethics Institute


Phillips Prize Past Winners


2015 Winner, Iris Liu, "Transitioning Care at the end of life: Quality Measure and the Affordable Care Act”

2014 Winner, Rebecca Dawn Finzi, "A Critique of Objections to Physician-Assisted Suicide"

2013 Winner, Megan Bunnell, Righting the Shortage: An Ethical Reformation of the United States Kidney Transplant System

"On campus, I founded an ethics and social interest discussion group that focuses on addressing and facilitating discussion about relevant ethical issues in the current medical community. Next year I am pursuing a dual masters in
Bioethics and Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University. Following my time at Northwestern, I hope to enter medical school. My specific interests surround infertility and issues in maternal and fetal medicine."

2012 Winner, Rachel Ng, "Do CEO's Deserve What They Earn?"

As John M. Keynes said, an economist "must be a mathematician, historian, statesman, philosopher – in some degree." Rachel Ng, an economics major and urban studies enthusiast, enjoys using her combination of skills and interests to analyze research questions and present her findings to stakeholders. A sample of her past projects include: under-enrollment and under-participation in VT's School Lunch Program, meta-cognition on Jeopardy, and the effectiveness of CAFE standards. This summer, Rachel will be working on a project that seeks to devise a utility curve function for Hong Kong and compare the costs and benefits of various government policies to control the population size accordingly. Rachel hopes to bring important issues to light through her writing by following a path towards business journalism.

2011 Winner, Cameron Nutt

Cameron is pursuing a major in medical anthropology and minors in health policy and international studies. This summer, he will be conducting anthropology thesis research on structural barriers to adherence to antiretroviral therapy among pediatric HIV patients in urban Tanzania. He is fascinated by the intersection of medicine and the social sciences as it contributes to the equitable distribution of the fruits of modern science and hopes to pursue graduate studies in health care delivery following medical school.Cameron's award-winning essay is titled “Let Them Get Infected! You Just Need To See A Difference!” Race to the Ethical Bottom: Regulation of Biomedical Research in Developing Countries


Questions or inquiries? Please contact the Ethics Institute

Last Updated: 3/20/17