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Hackworth Fellowships

Hackworth Fellowship Project Showcase and Spotlight

Learn more about Hackworth Fellowship projects in our Hackworth Fellowship Ethics Spotlight

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

2020-21 Hackworth Fellows

Meet the 2020-21 Hackworth Fellows. Updated April, 2021

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 2020-21 academic year and beyond.

Ariana Cepulis 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Ariana Cepulis

"I’m an Economics major and Spanish minor, born in Virginia and raised in Boulder, CO. SCU’s location in the heart of Silicon Valley has sparked my interest in the technology industry and technology ethics. I’m particularly interested in the ethics of data privacy and the steps that technology companies are, or should be taking to protect our personal data. In my future career, I hope to work with technology companies to develop ethical frameworks and adopt ethical decision-making practices, so that society can benefit from technological innovation without sacrificing ethics. I love to hike, bike, camp, and ski. On campus, I’m a leader for the “Into the Wild” outdoors club, through which I’ve explored many beautiful areas in California."

Courtney Davis 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

“Have patience toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms or books written in a foreign tongue.” 

(Rainer Maria Rilke, from“Letters to a Young Poet)

Courtney Davis

"I am a Philosophy major with a minor in Communication. I am originally from Washington state, which is where I’ve spent most of my quarantine days. This academic year, I am looking forward to working with the Markkula team as I explore my interest in media ethics and social media company responsibility. 

As for my professional aspirations, I have my heart set on Rock and Roll stardom. However, I may settle for a career in journalism. When I’m not studying ethics, I am either playing rugby or music with my friends."

Julian Dreiman 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

"Don't let school get in the way of your education." 

"You are never wrong to do the right thing."

 (Mark Twain)

Julian Dreiman

"My academic interests lie at the intersection of technology, specifically artificial intelligence and society. Through my Hackworth Fellowship, I hope to better understand how AI affects our daily lives and how to create better AI models to protect personal privacy and promote prosperity and equity for all. What excites me about technology is the immense impact that it has on every individual and the potential it holds for promoting human flourishing. When unregulated and underanalyzed, however, technology can also bring great harm to individuals and society. After my time at SCU, I hope to pursue graduate studies in philosophy, with stops along the way to work in business ethics and as a ski patroller. 

I enjoy trail running, rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing. I also love to cook and host dinner parties for friends and family. I’m an avid reader of The New York Times and a variety of books, including those by one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris."

Lily Evans Hackworth Fellow 2020-21

“And the day came when the risk of remaining tight in a bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

(Anais Nin)

Lily Evans

"I am a senior studying Political Science and Journalism. I’m from Seattle, Washington, where the political energy I found there first sparked my interest in the topic. I observed how political ideology leached into the most casual of conversations, forcing me to recognize the personal as political. Growing up in this environment has challenged me to hold honest conversations about difference and identity. 

I believe education about news media and politics should be more accessible, and my goal for my project this year is an attempt to first, identify and unpack messages hidden in media, and second, to critique the content itself through ethical standards of reporting. Nurturing these skills early is crucial for two groups: young adults who do not see a place for themselves in the current conversation, and emerging journalists who want to understand the ethics at the foundation of their chosen career.

I hope to one day afford living in the Big Apple, by commenting on movies and music created by underrated Black/Brown artists. I enjoy listening to music, cooking, and spending time in the mountains. My role model is my grandmother, whose life is a testament to the power of the American Dream. As an elementary school teacher and librarian in a one-room schoolhouse, she gave back to her community in countless ways, leading a truly simple yet profound life."


Abby Fafinsky 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

"To love is to be vulnerable.” (C.S.Lewis)

Abby Fafinski

"I am a rising senior with a double major in Psychology and Communication and a minor in Religious Studies. Though I love going to school in northern California, I am a proud Minnesotan at heart. Given my passion for ministry and mental health, after college I hope to do mission work and attend graduate school for psychology or social work. When I am not conducting research in Catholic ethics, I enjoy reading, painting and being outdoors with friends and family." 

Fernanda Gaete 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

“Pursuing peace is the ability to find rest within the present moment even when you do not know what is going to happen next.” (Morgan Harper Nichols)

Fernanda Gaete

"I’m a rising junior studying finance and business analytics. Though originally from Santiago, Chile, I was fortunate to have spent much my childhood abroad, living in Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States —all before the age of ten. I graduated from high school in Portland, OR, the first place I truly called home.

At SCU, I’m involved with the business school as a member of the ACE Leadership Program and as an academic Peer Advisor. I’m excited about broadening my involvement in the world of ethics, as my “Ethics in Business” course changed what I wanted my future impact on the world to be. I aspire to a career in corporate finance or management consulting, but thanks to my ethics class I know that I want to live intentionally and make the world and the people around me better each and every day. I hope to use my platform as a Hackworth Fellow as a vessel for storytelling with a goal of highlighting SCU’s diversity and uniqueness, as well as opening up opportunities for conversation, acceptance, and change. I love spending time outdoors and am passionate about health and fitness."

Alexandra George 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

"The courage to speak must be matched by the wisdom to listen." - Charles E. McKenzie


Alexandra George

"I’m a senior with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, born and raised in Los Angeles. As an aspiring lawyer, I enjoy studying the law, particularly as it intersects with politics and philosophy. I’m a member of the University Honors Program, the Communications Chair on the Honors Advisory Council, and president of the SCU Harry Potter Club. My hobbies include reading, contemplating philosophy, playing ukulele, and spending time with friends and family. My favorite role model is Ruth Bader Ginsburg."

“Whatever that your days may bring, no use hiding in the corner, ‘cause that won’t change a thing” (Led Zeppelin)

Zachary Heffron

"I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and I’m a Business Marketing major with minors in Philosophy (Ethics) and Sustainability, reflecting my academic interests in business ethics and climate justice. I enjoy learning how businesses can make ethical decisions while advancing social and racial equity. I hope for a career as an ethical innovator and consultant, focusing on organizational ethics and sustainability. My memberships and interests include sculpting and welding, playing men's Club Ultimate Frisbee for the SCU team, and the Sigma Pi fraternity. My role models include the late congressman John Lewis, designer Daan Roosegaarde, and American soccer champion Megan Rapinoe."

Julia Jenak 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

 “People often ask me what one thing I would recommend to restore the relationship between land and people. My answer is ‘plant a garden.’ It’s good for the health of the earth and it’s good for the health of people. A garden is a nursery for nurturing connection, the soil for cultivation of practical reverence.”

(Robin Wall Kimmerer)

Julia Jenak

"I am an Environmental Science major from Boulder, CO, and I’m interested in how sustainable agriculture can be used as a tool to address social injustices in our communities. A dream of mine is to have my own line of fermented foods. I have worked as an apprentice at SCU’s Forge Garden, and worked at a local organic farm this summer. To save money and explore my own relationship with food, I source much of my food from these farms.  

My current role model is the author and journalist Michael Pollan, who explores the complexities of our current food system in his books. Pollan’s work has inspired me to analyze the disconnect between student ethics and food purchasing patterns and explore how to more closely connect students to the food they eat.

I enjoy backpacking, road biking and yoga. I am a trip leader for SCU’s outdoor club, “Into The Wild,” and also coordinate the club’s sustainability initiatives."

Vas Kumar 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

"When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity."

(C. L. R. James)

Vas Kumar

"I’m a student of sociology who grew up in transit between a small town in south Asia and an island nation in the Persian Gulf. Immigrating to Silicon Valley has inspired me to pursue a deeper understanding of internet and technology ethics,  as technology designed locally has dramatic consequences for communities across the world. Specifically, I’m interested in the neoliberal, imperialist, and racist roots of mass surveillance, and ethical frameworks provide useful tools to analyze the role of tech companies and government institutions in surveilling and harming marginalized peoples.

Besides surveillance studies, much of my interest and free time revolves around labor, housing, and migrant justice across borders. I'm currently also working with SCU faculty on projects about social justice pedagogy and knowledge inequalities. When I’m not stressed about racial capitalism, the surveillance state, and the neoliberal university, I enjoy cooking, learning to code, and riding my bike."

Amana Lidell 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” 

(Mother Teresa)

Amana Liddell

"I am a junior and am double-majoring in Biology and Psychology. I am especially interested in and love learning about human development and getting a better understanding of why people are the way they are. In the future, I plan on going to medical school and becoming a doctor. More specifically, I hope to work in pediatrics in underserved communities. On campus, I am the Vice President of Delta Epsilon Mu, the professional pre-health fraternity, and have recently joined the SCU EMS Squad. In my free time I love to watch movies, go out to eat, and take day trips to the beach and San Francisco with friends."