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Hackworth Fellowships

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics invites applications from Santa Clara University seniors for the Hackworth Fellowships in Applied Ethics.

The goal of the program is to have fellows promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers.

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 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 senior year and have a stipend of $4,000. Fellowship selections for the next school year are made by the end of the Spring Quarter.  

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 5 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 on campus at SCU for the fall, winter, and spring quarters of their fellowship year.

Download and complete the Hackworth Fellowship Application. Students should provide along with the application a one-page statement of areas of interest and/or ideas for projects that might be pursued during their year as a Hackworth Fellow.

One letter of recommendation is required from a faculty member.

Students must also submit a transcript. Transfer students 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 significant factor in favor of an applicant.

A fellow might pursue a program for the year that involves organizing regular meetings of students to discuss topics in fields like technology and ethics or medical ethics or business ethics. Or a student might pursue a program for the year that involves working within the Residential Learning Communities on various topics of ethical concern. Or a student might already be involved in an activity group at SCU and as a Fellow might pursue a program involving more sustained reflection on the ethical values at issue in the activity group's focus. Similarly, Fellows might pursue projects using a wide range of methods including blogs, debating, writing, Webcasts, photography, video, film, etc.

2018-19 Hackworth Fellows

Madeline Eiken, Bioengineering, from Littleton, Colo; Madeline will be working on bioethics issues primarily with Margaret McLean, Director of Bioethics at the Ethics Center
Jyotsna Gopinath, Bioengineering, from Fremont, Calif; Jo will be working on bioethics and environmental ethics issues primarily with David DeCosse, Campus Ethics Director, and Brian Green, Director of Technology Ethics at the Ethics Center
Jeffrey Kampfe, Philosophy and Economics, from Manhattan, Mont.; Jeff will be working on Internet privacy issues with Irina Raicu, Director of Internet Ethics at the Ethics Center
Grace Ling, Bioengineering, from San Jose, Calif.,; Grace will be working with David DeCosse and Brian Green on a videogame about gender bias in STEM
Perla Luna, English and Sociology, from Mountain View, Calif.; Perla will be working on character education with Yael Kidron, Director of Character Education at the Ethics Center
Eoin Lyons, Finance and Political Science, of San Francisco; Eoin will be working with David DeCosse on a review of the campus ethics program and on student government ethics 
Hope McGowan, Economics, of Truckee, Calif.; Hope will be working on issues of nonprofit ethics with Joan Harrington, Director of Social Sector Ethics at the Ethics Center 
Isabella Rios, Political Science and Spanish, of Pasadena, Calif.; Bella will be working on journalism ethics with David DeCosse
Beau Scott, Political Science and Philosophy, of Vallejo, Calif.; Beau will be working on government ethics with Hana Callaghan, Director of Government Ethics at the Ethics Center
Download the Hackworth Fellowship Application

Projects Developed by Hackworth Fellows

Creating Dialogue and Finding Solutions for Gender Inequality in Leadership

The Power of Our Voices

"Can We Talk?" - Perspectives on Campus Climate

Handling Depression in College: When It's Not a Good Day to Be a Bronco

The Big Q Podcast

Silicon Valley Business Ethics Cases

The Ethics of Friendship

Engineering Ethics Cases