Steven Pet ’12, received the Robert G. Bottoms Award for Best Analytical Essay at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium held April 7-9 at The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.
Pet is a government and history major at Hamilton.
Twenty-five student scholars representing 19 colleges – selected from among a total of 76 student submissions from 51 colleges – participated in the symposium, which focused on the theme of personal morality. Pet’s paper was titled “Spreading the Alarm: The Appeal and Importance of Secular Arguments Against Human Germline Enhancement.”
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, located in the DePauw University Nature Park, is a place for rigorous inquiry and probing discourse about the most important ethical questions of the day, encouraging students to explore the moral challenges of the 21st century. The Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium is designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and artistic work by undergraduate students.
This is the first year that the award was named in honor of Robert G. Bottoms, the first director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. Bottoms, president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and president emeritus of DePauw University, attended the symposium and delivered the keynote address.
DePauw University is nationally recognized for a distinctive liberal arts approach that links intellectual rigor with life’s work.