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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Hackworth Fellowships

Accepting Applications for 2023-24 Hackworth Fellowships!

Read about program requirements below and submit your application by 5 p.m. Pacific Monday, May 15th, 2023.

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 full duration of the academic year and fellowship recipients receive 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

Meet the 2022-23 Hackworth Fellows

We introduce the 2022-23 Hackworth Fellows by sharing self-selected information about their academic achievements, career pursuits, hobbies, interests, influences, and favorite quotes. The Ethics Center looks forward to working and connecting with this extraordinary group of SCU students during the 2022-23 academic year and beyond.


Harvey Chilcott, 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Harvey Chilcott

Harvey Chilcott is a biology major with minors in philosophy and biotechnology, born and raised in Tasmania, Australia. Harvey became motivated to investigate cancer patient disparities after listening to the unfortunate stories his family and friends shared after being diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is the the second leading cause of death in the US, so he hopes to educate the community through his internship regarding mitigating the disparate treatment cancer patients face and creating awareness surrounding cancer to hopefully reduce the mortality and incidence rate. In his spare time he likes to trail run, hike, eat ice cream with friends and watch Marvel films.

"While optimism may flee in the face of defeat, hope persists even in suffering. Hope expands our vision beyond the immediate horizon and stokes our imagination to realize a future not yet our own." - Father Kevin O'Brien 


Landis Fusato 

Landis Fusato is a senior majoring in Computer Science and Engineering originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is excited and honored to be working with the Markkula Center in the topic of AI and ethics. In his free time back home, Landis enjoys aquascaping and maintaining aquariums.



"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss, The Lorax  



Natalia Garcia

Natalia Garcia is a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in International Business, and she is very excited to research and develop case studies concerning business ethics! She is from Portland, Oregon, and in her free time she enjoys skiing and backpacking in the Pacific Northwest. 



"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it” - Henry David Thoreau


Diego Gonzalez Terminel; a 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Diego Gonzalez Terminel

Diego Gonzalez Terminel is a fourth year Communication major and Environmental Studies minor. Diego was born in Houston, Texas, however, grew up internationally and is half Mexican and half Spanish. A few of his hobbies include playing video games, trying new restaurants, spending quality time with friends, yoga, and hikes! Diego is a member of a co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, a peer-facilitator for a neurodivergent support group at the Cowell Center, and works with individuals impacted by autism as a behavioral interventionist.

Growing up in online communities combined with his passion for psychology and communication has inspired Diego to explore the ethical intersections of mental health and technology. He is eager to research complex and prevalent topics, such as online gambling and internet addiction, to better understand to what extent organizations are leveraging mental illness for gain. Drawing from personal experiences and research, he plans to identify and organize guidelines for designing ethical online gaming spaces. Through his work, Deigo hopes to continue his mission to serve as an advocate and leader for the neurodivergent community and for those who struggle mental health issues.

"Today is the first day of the rest of my life." - John Denver 

Sean Grame

Sean Grame is a junior studying Information Systems and Analytics with a minor in Economics. He's excited to participate in the Hackworth Fellowship because it will give him an opportunity to improve Santa Clara’s campus in a meaningful way.


“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” - Ayn Rand



Liam McBride, a 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Liam McBride 

I am a junior majoring in Economics with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies. After SCU I plan on going to either law school or getting my masters. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, I've always loved this area and I wanted to be more involved in the issues in the Bay Area. One of the biggest issues here is homelessness which has recently gotten much worse as a result of the high cost of living and the pandemic. I became interested in the issue of homelessness while taking a Religious Studies course on solidarity my Sophomore year at SCU. I also took Ethics Bowl that same quarter and became really interested in ethics. I am looking to apply my experience from both of those classes and other courses I've taken here to figure how we as a university can ethically engage with the issue of homelessness. I am excited to work with the Markkula Center and learn from the experiences and knowledge of others.

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.” - Thich Nhat Hanh


Callie O'Neill

Callie O'Neill is a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is double majoring in Psychology and French, with a minor in retail studies. This year as a fellow, Callie is excited to explore her interest in feminist ethics, specifically how traditional ethics and gender stereotypes play a role in the relationships women have with one another. On the campus ethics team, she looks forward to facilitating conversations, using ethics and the fellowship platform to help campus be a safe space for everyone. Growing up in a very different part of the country has allowed her to be able to find value in different perspectives and she is looking forward to learning from others in her year as a fellow. After graduating from Santa Clara, she hopes to spend more time in France, and then eventually become a sport psychologist for a professional hockey team. When not in school or spending time with loved ones, she loves to practice yoga, get outside, read, speak French, and play ice hockey.

 “Don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.” - Roald Dahl


Kailyn Pedersen

Kailyn Pedersen is a senior Political Science major at Santa Clara University. Most recently, she has worked with the Santa Clara District Attorney's office, SKDK Public Affairs, and a congressional campaign. A 2022 Miller Center Fellow, Kailyn is an avid advocate for racial, class, and gender equity. She spent this past summer working with Innovation Works, a venture accelerator that works to alleviate the racial wealth divide in Baltimore. Having lived in both Illinois and Minnesota, Kailyn enjoys canoe camping and spending time outdoors. She also regularly sings at off-campus events and with the a capella group, Audiosync.


 “A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything” - Malcolm X



Vicky Pham

Vicky Pham is senior Communication major with Creative Writing and Asian American Studies minors from Santa Clara, CA. Vicky is passionate about championing and raising awareness to key issues facing the AAPI community—particularly with how they are represented by and in the media—and will be working in the area of Journalism and Media Ethics for the Markkula Center. Outside of school Vicky enjoys reading, boxing, and shopping at the farmer’s market.


“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” - Hafez


Yuvraj Rao – A 2022-23 Hackworth Fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Yuvraj Rao

Yuvraj Rao is a Marketing major and Entrepreneurship minor from San Francisco, CA. Yuvraj will be working on a project related to Business Ethics. Outside of school, Yuvraj plays tennis and basketball and enjoys watching movies and swimming.



“If you love what you do, and it’s making you happy, all of the hard work and perseverance will pay off.“ - Kobe Bryant.


Nnenna Kerrie Uche

Nnenna Kerrie Uche is a senior at SCU and was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is a Psychology major with a minor in Ethnic Studies and is interested in campus ethics – specifically the ethics around drug and alcohol use at SCU. One of my favorite hobbies outside of school is doing puzzles!


"Trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it" - Oprah Winfrey


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