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 2018 Student Paper Competition

The 2018 Student Paper Competition invites undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to engage questions associated with foundational or emerging issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity from a Christian perspective. Paper topics need not be related to the 2018 conference theme,
"Bioethics & Being Human."
Submissions closed January 15, 2018 and are currently being evaluated


Bioethics & Being Human
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
25th Annual Summer Conference
June 21-23, 2018
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA

 Prize Information

  • $250, to be awarded at the conference
  • Waived conference student/early career professional registration fee ($99 value)
  • Publication in Dignitas, the Center's quarterly publication
  • The author will present the winning paper during a parallel paper session at the annual conference (June 21-23, 2018)

 Submission Guidelines


All serious papers relevant to the study of Christian bioethics are welcome, particularly those in the following subject areas:

  • Biblical and/or Theological Anthropology
  • Biblical and/or Theological Approaches to Cultural Engagement
  • Biblical and/or Theological Ethics
  • General Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Disability
  • Emerging Technologies
  • End-of-Life Issues
  • Ethical Theory
  • Historical Theology and/or Perspectives
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Reproductive Technology and Ethics
  • Technology Assessment

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  • Submitted papers should not exceed 5,000 words (including notes and references, excluding bibliography) and should be able to be read within 25 minutes. (Please indicate which sections of the final paper [if any] will not be read during the presentation.)
  • All papers will be blind reviewed and evaluated based on the engagement with Christian bioethics, along with the overall quality of scholarship and composition. 
  • Submitted papers must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. 
  • In addition to the paper, all submissions must include an abstract of 250-300 words, a formal title, and a short bio not to exceed 200 words in length.
  • The title page should include the following: Title, name, credentials, institution name, degree program and anticipated graduation date, mailing address, email address, and phone number. All subsequent pages should include "Title—page #" in the bottom right of the footer and should include nothing that might identify the author. 
  • If students are interested to be considered for the broader call for parallel papers beyond the single slot alotted to the winner of the student paper competition, they may also submit an abstract of their paper for the general call for papers before the November 1, 2017 deadline. (In other words, students may submit the same paper for the general call as well as the student paper competition.) 
  • Students may submit only one paper to the student paper competition. 
  • Coauthored papers are eligible only if all authors are current students (though prize amounts will not be increased).
  • Any student currently pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree and has not received a terminal degree is eligible. 
  • Format: Double-spaced; Times New Roman 12 point font; references should follow Chicago Manual of Style, footnote style
  • In order to receive the award, awardees must register for the conference by Monday, May 14, 2018, and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All papers must be submitted online prior to January 15, 2018.

 About the Conference


Our 25thannual summer conference updates the exploration of our individual and common humanity in light of the ever-evolving developments in medicine, science, and technology. Plenary topics will include sessions that frame discussions of being and remaining human in an age of science and technology,  genetics, neuroscience & the Brain Initiative; bioethics in literature and pop culture; human rights & dignity; and theological examinations of contentment, human flourishing, particularity, and embodiment as they relate to bioethics. Workshops and parallel sessions will explore a wide spectrum of perennial and emerging issues in contemporary bioethics pertinent to professional practice, public policy, scholarship, the classroom, and moral decisions in everyday life.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.

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