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The 2020 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 2020 conference theme, Bioethics & the Body.


Bioethics & the Body
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
27th Annual Summer Conference
June 25–27, 2020
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA


Submit Your Paper

All papers must be submitted online by January 15, 2020



  • $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 25–27, 2020)



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: 2020 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, 2019 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 attend the conference and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All papers must be submitted online by January 15, 2020. To submit your paper click here.



Join us for our 27th annual conference, Bioethics & the Body. Distinguished speakers will examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to the myriad ways in which we view, interact with, manipulate, and analyze our physical bodies. Plenary sessions will focus on understanding the human body through a theological lens, disability and issues of identity in a bioethical context, the goals of medicine with respect to disease, pregnancy and prenatal testing, and the biological and technological merging of the human and nonhuman.

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 the 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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