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Faculty Research Grants

Professor David Popalisky received a Hackworth Grant to support his dance project about the wrongfully convicted, "Barred From Life."

Hackworth Grant Application

The application period for Fall 2016 Hackworth Grants is now open. Please submit your application by Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff at Santa Clara University are invited to apply for grants to support research in applied ethics funded by an endowment from Michael and Joan Hackworth to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Grants will be made to support research which results in the publication of an article, part of a book, or specific piece of teaching material such as a case, or which results in a new module or course in applied ethics. Projects must have substantial ethical content. Applications are encouraged from scholars in all fields.

Applications should make explicit the ethical aspect of the project. For example, within philosophy, a study may clarify key ethical values or theories at stake in an important ethical debate. Within sociology, a study may categorize assumptions about ethical values that are influential in understanding a particular social problem. Or, a teaching project may integrate ethical concepts into a course. If you have questions about clarifying the ethical aspect of a project, please contact Brian Green, assistant director of campus ethics, at or 554-7890.

Applications should also, where relevant, include documentation of sources.

Grants will be made to support research assistance by students or others, purchase of materials or access to databases, travel expenses, or other legitimate expenses that make the research possible. Grants may also be requested for summer support that will free the faculty member from other obligations, though these may be considered a lower priority for funding.

Grants may not exceed $5000.

Grant recipients are asked to wait 12 months before applying for another Hackworth Grant.

An email request for applications will be sent out early in the Fall and Spring Quarters. Fall Quarter applications will be due in early December; Spring Quarter applications will be due in late May. Specific due dates for applications will be announced in the email requests for applications.

Grants awards will be made by the end of the Fall and Spring Quarters.

Grants will be considered by a committee of faculty affiliated with the Ethics Center.

Apply for a Hackworth Grant

Fall 2015 Grants Winners

María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Assistant Professor, and Elizabeth Drescher, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
"Resources for Exploring Applied Ethics in Classroom, Congregation & Media"  

Laura Chyu, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Public Health
"Public Health Ethics and Implications of Elective Oocyte Cryopreservation"  

Samuel Lee, Assistant Professor, Leavey School of Business, Department of Finance
"Optimal Regulation of Prostitution Markets: Protection of Sex Workers vs. Prevention of Sex Trafficking" 

Kris Mitchener, Professor, Department of Economics
"Naming Names: the Reputational Cost of Cheating" 

Laura Robinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
"Debating Ethical Responses to Terrorism: The Events of November 13, 2015 Paris France" 

Dan Sportiello, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, and Graeme Warren, Lecturer, Leavey School of Business, OMIS

Sally Vance-Trembath, Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies
“The Planet and the Popes”  

Tseming Yang, Professor, School of Law
“Cases on the Content and Limits of Environment Rights”