Business Students Become Hackworth Fellows
On June 22, nine students across Santa Clara University were carefully selected to receive the Hackworth Fellowship, a prestigious research opportunity brought forth by the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The goal of the fellowship, which will extend throughout the 2018-19 academic year, is to provide students with the means to explore their passions by doing ethical research and reflection through various topics. Additionally, they will work to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers. Once selected, each fellow receives a stipend of $4,000 for the duration of their senior year in order to conduct their study. The topics that the students choose, although all focused on applied ethics, have an exceptionally wide range, from topics like biotechnology to ethics in government and law.
Of the nine selected, three fellows are students in the Leavey School of Business. Eoin Lyons, finance and political science major from San Francisco, California, will be working with David DeCosse, Campus Ethics Director, on a review of the campus ethics program and on student government ethics. Economics major Hope McGowan from Truckee, California will be pursuing issues of nonprofit ethics with Joan Harrington, Director of Social Sector Ethics at the Ethics Center. Lastly, Jeffrey Kampfe, philosophy and economics major from Bozeman, Montana will be working on internet privacy issues with Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics at the Ethics Center.
Tremendous amounts of self-motivation and passion for their field are required to apply for the fellowship, which makes for a highly competitive process. When asked about the reasoning behind his topic, Jeff Kampfe said, “Growth by restraint seems like an oxymoron. But we are seeing within the tech industry it isn’t. I chose to investigate internet ethics and data security because while I acknowledge that tech innovation has made Silicon Valley into the global force it is today, taking steps to ensure that future innovations won’t harm consumers is what is needed to continue growth of those very same technologies.”
The Leavey School of Business wishes Eoin, Hope, Jeffrey and the rest of the fellows a fun and rewarding year!