The Levan Ethics Essay Contest aims to recognize the best written work on ethics by undergraduate students. The contest will award a cash prize to an overall winner.
Papers can be a discussion of a current ethical issue, or a critical case analysis of recent ethics violations in a professional field (engineering, business, health sciences, law, politics, etc.)
Winning essays will be submitted to USC's literary journal, Scribe, a publication showcasing the finest works penned by USC students. For more information visit scribe.usc.edu.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 2015 (exact date will be posted during the Fall 2014 Semester)
To submit your essay email email@example.com
Please be sure that no identifying information is included on your submitted essay.
Awards will be announced at the April 2015 Annual Undergraduate Writers' Conference.
2014 Levan Ethics Essay Contest Winners
Brian Lentz, First Prize
“Medicine Demands More Than an Oath”
Katherine Zopatti, Second Prize
“Undereducated: The Judge’s Excessive License in Cases Concerning The Child Witness"
Kristen Nakashioya, Honorable Mention
“Terrorism and the Media: Rolling Stone’s Boston Bomber Cover”
Thomas Armstrong, First Prize
“Internal Migration in China: An Investigation of Hukou and State Social Policy”
Anessa Ibrahim, Second Prize
“Words Hurt: The Harmful Discourse of Grutter v. Bollinger”
Matthew Prusak, First Prize
“The Need for Economic Engagement with North Korea”
Engie Salama, Second Prize
“Traditional Medicine, Pharmaceutical Patents and Intellectual Property Rights in India: Exploring Islamic Law & Moral Rights”
Morgan Cheeks, Honorable Mention
"The Swiss Healthcare System: A Consumer-Driven Alternative to Employer-Based Health Insurance"
2013 Levan Ethics Essay Contest Winners
Marissa Roy, "The UN's 8 Millenium Development Goals and the Legal Status of Distributive Justice"
Paige Sorrentino, "Dante's Inferno — Canto 12.5"
Uriel Kim, "No More Pointing Fingers: Science and Regulation Needed for Fingerprinting's Future"
Candice Tardif, "Allergic Inmates: Unheard and Unsafe"
Francesca Bessey, "Free to Die: The Sexist Paradox of Women's Suicide Terror"
2012 Levan Ethics Essay Contest Winners
"Ensuring Ethical Conduct in Clinical Trials," by Yagnaseni Dasgupta (Senior, Psychology and Economics)
"Business Ethics: Shutting the Door," by Jessica Geraldine Garcia (Junior, Social Sciences-Economics)
"Two Battles, One Sword: Dissecting the Stagnant State of Education and Prison Reform," by Makiah Green (Junior, English-Creative Writing; Minor, Social Entrepreneurship)
"Is Animal Testing Ethical?," by Daniel Weisel (Junior, Biological Sciences)
Ethics Across Borders:
"The Benevolence of Aggression: A Defense of American Interventionism," by John Stockton (Senior, Philosophy)