Important Facts!

Award: $500 for each of the three top placed essays.

Deadline for submission: Monday, April 5th, 2010.

Winners Announced: Monday, April 26th, 2010.

Closing Plenary
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
10:00am - noon
Orchard Suites II& III, Union

When Submitting

Essays should be attached in Word or PDF format to by the stated deadline.

Include author's name, major and contact details in the body of the email.

Use Subject Heading: RCA Essay Competition

Late submissions will not be accepted. One submission per student, please!



Student Ethics Essay Competition

2009-10 Theme: Ethics in Everyday Life
Congratulations to the authors of the winning essays, and thanks to all those who submitted entries!

The View from Here: The Dangers of Modern Ethical Systems
Shawnee Anderson, Major: Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Ethics in Everyday Life
Halley Cutts, Major: Liberal Studies  

Interpreting the Law: Scalia vs. Dworkin
Mark Purrington, Major: Philosophy 

These winning essays will be presented at the Closing Plenary, held May 5th, 10:00-noon, in the Orchard Suites II & III. Please join us to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment.

The student ethics essay competition is an annual event in which students at Sacramento State University and the Los Rios Community College District compete to write the best essay on any topic corresponding to the annual theme. Students from any discipline/field are eligible. The winners will be judged by a panel consisting of members from the university and broader community. The three top placed essays will be presented at the closing public plenary, at which their awards and prizes will be given.

This is an excellent opportunity for students around the campus to demonstrate their interest and acumen in the area of ethics.

Closing Plenary:TBA in Early May, 2010 , Ballroom of University Union. Public presentation of the winning papers by the authors, all are welcome. Followed by a reception in honor of all the essay writers. Presentations begin at 9am. All are welcome, this event is free and open to the public.

Writing Guidelines:
Essays may be written in any discipline, but must be on an ethical topic related to the annual theme.

There is neither a minimum nor maximum required length, but preference will be given to the fullest and richest examination of the declared topic. Generally, essays should be written in MLA or Chicago style, with complete citations and references, including bibliography of sources used.

Of course, plagiarism or other violations of academic intergrity committed in the course of this competition will result in disqualification -- this is an ethics activity, afterall!