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 2019 Student Paper Competition

The 2019 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 2019 conference theme,
Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life.


Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
26th Annual Summer Conference
June 20–22, 2019
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA

 Prize Information

  • $250, to be awarded at the conference
  • Waived conference registration fee
  • 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 20–22, 2019)

 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 words and a formal title.
  • The title page should include the following: 2019 Student Paper Competition, title, and name. 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 allotted 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, 2018 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. 
  • Co-authored 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 March 1, 2019, and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All papers must be submitted online by January 15, 2019. To submit your paper click here.

 About the Conference


At our 26th annual conference, Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life, distinguished speakers will examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to death, dying, and end-of-life care and decision-making. Plenary sessions will focus on theological foundations, contemporary cultural practices surrounding death and dying, the role of faith in end-of-life care, disparities in care, cost of care and patient goods, and lessons from the Netherlands for physician-assisted suicide.

Workshops and paper sessions will explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications. 

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is a leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

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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