What are the dates for the Undergraduate Bioethics Research Showcase?
The Showcase will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 and Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Student work will be displayed in galleries over those two days:
- Showcase Gallery in the Bioethics Research Library (Healy Hall 102) on April 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Student Gallery and Reception in ICC Galleria on April 15, 2015 from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm, before a conversation with NPR Science Correspondent Dr. Joe Palca in the ICC Auditorium, and
- Gallery Reception in the Blue Room on April 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm prior to a play performed by actor and playwright Mashuq Deen in Riggs Library
Who may participate in the Bioethics Research Showcase?
The Showcase is open to all undergraduate students at Georgetown – all majors and all years.
Why is there a Bioethics Showcase?
The goals of the Bioethics Showcase are to provide undergraduates already doing research related to bioethics with an outlet to share their scholarship and knowledge and to inspire additional undergraduates with the opportunity to undertake research on bioethics. The Showcase also offers undergraduates the chance to communicate their research in traditional and non-traditional forms.
In addition, a major goal is that work submitted to the Showcase will have an afterlife – either through submission for publication in an undergraduate journal of bioethics or as part of a portfolio for graduate school or employment or as the kernel of a future honors thesis.
Bioethics is an emerging area of study dealing with challenges that are relevant to our lives and the world we live in. Bioethical issues are all around us: they appear on ballots, and are often important concerns that we may have to face for ourselves or for our families.
What is the submission deadline to participate?
Submissions are due no later than midnight, March 30, 2015.
What subject areas are considered for the Showcase?
Bioethics covers a broad variety of topics, and is highly interdisciplinary. It is the ethics of health, the environment, research, and emerging technologies. Some classic bioethics topics include death and dying, organ donation, and research ethics just to name a few! More information about bioethics may be found at the end of the General Submission Guidelines on this site.
What type of research is acceptable?
Research can take many forms; you might submit a Showcase paper or project based on your research in:
- the literature (books, journal articles, online resources, etc.) around a particular topic or issue
- a laboratory setting, or
- based on experiential learning that you did in an internship, summer job, or practicum.
All of these are acceptable types of research. The research doesn’t have to represent a huge leap forward, but can offer a way to better describe, understand or address an ethical problem. Just choose the Showcase format in which you want to present your research and give it a go.
What if I need help to find more information about my topic?
Set up an individualized consultation with a bioethics information specialist by filling out this form or sending an email to Martina Darragh, MLS or Roxie France-Nuridden, BA to receive help on your project or paper for the Showcase; or use the Bioethics Research Library (BRL). Visit the BRL online or come visit the Library in person in Healy 102. The BRL has information on a wide range of topics in bioethics; you can also browse the Encyclopedia of Bioethics online.
Can I use a project from another class?
Yes! You may revise and develop a paper or project that was submitted for a class for the Bioethics Showcase. Just be certain that you read the submission criteria for the format you choose.
Can I submit research that I am doing with a professor?
Yes. If you are working on a GUROP Project or doing other research with a professor, just ask the professor’s permission to submit the research and submit the research that you, yourself, have done as part of that larger project.
Can I pick my own Advisor?
Yes! If you have a faculty member who is willing to be a mentor you can most definitely involve him or her in your research project.
What if my topic or project is controversial?
Welcome to the field of Bioethics! Many bioethical issues are sensitive topics on which people can hold different opinions. The goal of the research is to provide careful, thoughtful analysis of an issue, and, if you take a particular position, to support the claim that you make with solid data and argumentation.
Can I participate in more than one category?
Yes! If you have time and talent to submit your research or two different research projects in more than one category, please do so.
What are the rewards?
There will be cash prizes for excellent student research. First prizes will be $500; second prizes $250; and third prizes $100. We will also name a Showcase Grand Champion. This Showcase creates the incentive to create a product that could be submitted for publication or entry into a video short competition. You also will have the chance to connect with a new network of people and to find a mentor in the field of Bioethics. This is a great opportunity to delve deeper into a contemporary issue that is important to you and to the world in which we live.
How will my work be showcased?
If you are a prize winner, your work will be curated in an online Bioethics Research Showcase Gallery. All student participants and their project titles will be listed on that site.
In addition, student work will be displayed at three different times on campus:
- Showcase Gallery in the Bioethics Research Library on April 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Student Gallery and Reception in ICC Galleria on April 15, 2015 from 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm, and
- Gallery Reception in the Blue Room on April 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
What if I cannot attend the Showcase events?
We invite any student to submit work regardless of their ability to attend the Showcase events and awards on April 15th and 16h. Students are invited to attend all events, and are especially encouraged to attend the Gallery Reception on April 15th (5.15 – 6 PM, ICC Galleria) to engage with gallery attendees about their work.
Who is sponsoring the Bioethics Research Showcase?
The Showcase is being sponsored by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Funding for the Showcase has been generously provided by the Mary Elizabeth Groff Surgical Medical Research and Education Charitable Trust.