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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Hackworth Fellowships

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications from current Santa Clara University sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications near the end of the current  academic year from Santa Clara University sophomores and juniors for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics. Selection of Fellows will be made before the close of the current academic year. Students who are selected as Fellows will serve in the fellowship as juniors and seniors during the following academic year.

The goal of the program is to have Fellows engage more deeply with the application of ethics to a topic of concrete concern, to complete an important project related to that concern, and to grow as an ethical leader. In order to pursue this goal, Fellows are expected either to develop their own programs in an area of interest to them or to work with existing programs at the Ethics Center. These programs can be on as wide a range of topics and use as wide a range of methods as are of interest to each fellow.  

The Fellowships are for the duration of junior/senior year and have a stipend of $4,000.

The Hackworth Fellowships are supported by a gift from Joan and the late Michael Hackworth.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows are expected to spend four to five hours a week on Fellowship activities. Fellows are also expected, when possible, to participate in Ethics Center events. Some preparatory work may be required of Fellows during the summer before senior year.

Fellows are expected to be enrolled as students at SCU for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of their fellowship year.

During the application period students will need to complete a Hackworth Fellowship Application. More information will be available during the spring quarter for fellowship opportunities for the following academic year.

As part of the application process,  students will be asked to provide: 

  • a statement of areas of interest and/or ideas for projects that might be pursued during their year as a Hackworth Fellow.
  • a recommendation from a faculty or staff member.
  • a transcript. Transfer students will need to provide a transcript from their previous college or university as well as their SCU transcript.

The Fellowship is open to students from all majors. However, a demonstrated interest in ethics is a factor in favor of an applicant.

This is a wonderful opportunity to do creative work at the intersection of ethics and many different fields of study and work. Fellowship projects might, for instance, engage with other students or with an on-campus organization on an ethical theme of great importance. Or a project might involve working on a topic in ethics with an off-campus organization. Or a project might involve doing a major research paper on a topic in applied ethics. Or a project might involve working closely with an Ethics Center staff member on a project in one of their respective fields (see below). Or a project might be something great that we haven't done before and that you come up with! 

Fellowship applicants may propose a project of interest or may express an interest in one of the following areas:
  • Ethics and Campus Life: The Ethics Center is looking for a team of three to five fellows (a mix of current sophomores and juniors) who will work to engage the Ethics Center with students on campus. Think of the ethical dimension of big issues on campus now, or think of your interest in the ethical dimension of an issue that no one else is talking about.
  • Business and Leadership Ethics
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Ethics
  • Medical, Bioengineering/Biotech, and Public Health Ethics
  • Journalism and Media Ethics
  • Technology and Ethics 
  • Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
  • Immigration and Ethics

2021-22 Hackworth Fellows

Meet the 2021-22 Hackworth Fellows

The Fellows introduce themselves by sharing self-selected information about their academic achievements, career pursuits, hobbies, interests, influences, favorite authors and quotes. The Ethics Center looks forward to working and connecting with this extraordinary group of SCU students during the 2021-22 academic year and beyond.

"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

                              -Winston S. Churchill

Mikayla Apodaca

I am a psychology and political science double major, born and raised in Thornton, Colorado. During my studies at Santa Clara University, I have become especially interested in the ethical implications that are associated with political partisanship. I would like to explore these implications with a special focus on the psychological perspective. I hope to research this specific area in my future career because I feel that it is a pressing matter for our county and its citizens.

I am currently the Neighborhood Relations Chair for the Associated Student Government at Santa Clara. I also work in the Learning and Memory Lab for the psychology department. I am looking forward to working on the ethics and campus life team to explore how these implications affect Santa Clara students and to work to find possible solutions to improve our student life.

“Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Emily Bachar

I am a senior at SCU, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Political Science, the intersection of which is what I am hoping to dedicate my future career to. Mental healthcare policy reform and advocacy is the issue that I am most fascinated with, and allows me to apply my passion for both psychology and politics. After graduating from SCU, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and move to San Francisco. In my free time, I love to get outside with friends and family to hike, ski, and explore the beautiful Bay Area!

Through my time working with the Markkula Center, I look forward to understanding the ethics around mental healthcare currently in place, specifically with regard to the criminal justice system. Disentangling mental health and substance use issues from the justice system are a critical area in which reform is needed to ensure people get the care that they need.

"Happiness is not as matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony."
-Thomas Merton

Anna Demopulos

I am a senior majoring in Biology with minors in Philosophy and Public Health. Although I’m from Mercer Island, Washington, I would choose sunny Santa Clara over Seattle rain any day. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends at the beach, hiking, and learning to cook. With plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics, I want to explore paths to building a more equitable, inclusive and effective healthcare system.

As an older sibling to a brother with autism, I have also fostered a passion for disability ethics and advocacy. Influenced by the stigmatization and hardships my brother has faced, I plan to research bioethics issues regarding disability and promote changes that can be implemented in healthcare settings. Through the combination of sharing research and personal narratives, I hope to produce a multi-dimensional project that fosters a more beneficial healthcare experience for members of the disability community.

"Still, I rise."

-Maya Angelou

Grace Evans

Hi! My name is Grace Evans and I am a Political Science and Ethnic Studies double major from Austin, Texas.

This year, I challenged myself to read two books a month, one fictional book and one non-fictional book. What I’ve found is that books from both genres have increased my understanding of our world - of people, of politics, and of power. Speaking of power, I believe that we all have power, that we all have powers. One of my powers is empathy. Like education, empathy is a gift that empowers us to know and to love. And so I am applying empathy to research about the ethics of reparations. I am interested in the “Five Ws”: who, what, where, when, and why and I hope to answer the questions on all of our minds: “What do reparations look like?” and “Can reparations repair the fabric of our country, a fabric torn by centuries of racism and discrimination?”

On campus, I am involved with Together for Ladies of Color (TLC), the Office for Multicultural Learning (OML), and the Sociopolitical Citizenship Participatory Action Research Team (SC-PAR). At home, when I’m not with my friends or family, I’m at a park with my two dogs (Skip and Izzy) and a good book.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

-Lou Holtz

Keren Goor

I am a Junior studying Philosophy and Political Science from Israel. Growing up in Israel sparked my interest in Internet Ethics because I've been exposed to the power and impact that the Internet has on controversies, and how controversies can easily deteriorate through the Internet if companies do not invest enough in supervision. As a Hackworth fellow, I hope I can use my platform as an opportunity to have difficult conversations, and explore what kind of supervision should social media companies strive to have in order to protect the public as much as possible. I am also part of the SCU women's soccer team, I enjoy reading, and spending time outdoors.


"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter thank you think."
- A. A. Milne

Betty Hou

I am a Computer Science & Engineering major and Math minor from Redmond, WA. I have been passionate about STEM since a young age and always been eager to take on projects or learn new skills. Since coming to SCU, I’ve started to think more about the impacts of technology and the responsibilities of a computer scientist, beyond just being technically skilled. As a Hackworth Fellow, I am looking forward to studying the ethics of artificial intelligence. AI is becoming increasingly powerful, so it is more important than ever that it is thoroughly analyzed and regulated. In the future, I hope to pursue graduate studies in computer science and continue to attack the big ethical questions surrounding how technology impacts society and individuals.

At SCU, I am a part of ACM, ACM-W, Theta Tau, UHP, as well as the Treasurer of Tau Beta Pi. I am also doing undergraduate research on deep learning. In my free time, I like to play badminton, boulder, draw, and coach at local badminton academies.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
-Desmond Tutu

Morayo Kamson

I’m a rising senior with a double major in Political Science and Environmental Studies. I was born and raised in Rainier Valley in Seattle, WA. Living in such a diverse region sparked my interest in the intersection of environmental justice and politics. I’m especially interested in the role ethics plays in creating effective environmental policy. I plan on pursuing a career in sustainable development or urban planning. This year I’ll be working on the Campus Ethics team. I’m excited to be back on campus and hope to contribute to positive and sustainable change with the rest of the Campus Ethics team.

I’m involved with a number of on-campus activities, including Ignite, Igwebuike, and working as a peer advisor and research assistant. I’m currently working on a research project with Santa Clara faculty on the effects of climate change and heat exposure on unhoused people in San Jose. When I’m not in school, I love hiking and spending time in the mountains or at the lake with my family and friends. I also enjoy having picnics and finding new places to watch the sunset.


“And isn't that how you become tender, vulnerable? The tissue-softening marination of your own mind, the quicksand of mental indulgence?”

― Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties

Sydney Lenoch

I am a senior pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, with a minor in English. I was raised in Montana and grew up in Washington, with both places holding a special place in my heart.

Apart from studying ethics, I love to play rugby, talk about astrology, and cuddle with my cat Seven. As an amateur foodie I also like to try new recipes and restaurants whenever I can. I have been very passionate about feminist philosophies and social justice from a young age. When the pandemic brought us all online and social media began to consume my days, I observed the intersection of ethics and media. Discussions surrounding these intersections led by Black creators prompted me to ask critical questions about the platforms I was using, what it means to exist online, and the affect it has offline.

I’m excited to work with the Markkula Center and continue my interest in exploring interactions between media, feminisms, and ethics. In this moment, as in all moments, the future is undetermined. I will continue to seek knowledge any way I can; through travel, community, and/or graduate school.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Emma Samuel

Hello! My name is Emma B. Samuel, and I'm a senior at Santa Clara University majoring in English and Philosophy and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies.

I came to Santa Clara not quite sure what I wanted to do, but I found a passion for philosophy during one of my core classes. Since then, it has been my goal to one day research and teach philosophy. I hope to focus my research in the area of applied ethics, which is why the Hackworth Fellowship is so important to me. I will be a part of the campus ethics team, and am looking forward to working with other fellows on our projects.

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

- Walt Whitman

Jackson Stanich

I’m a Junior from New York majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Green Business and a minor in Political Science! I am passionate about the global importance of sustainable businesses and it is my professional dream to help create the first carbon neutral NBA team.

I believe that ethics is a fascinating lens through which to learn about people’s decision making, our shared value systems, and how our actions directly affect the world around us. My Hackworth project will focus on ethics on campus, specifically how the norms of academic honesty have shifted as a result of the growth in online learning.