2022 Bioethics Essay Contest

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Enrolled in any Major
Topic: Contemporary Topics in Biological Engineering Ethics
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2022 at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ibe2022
Length of Abstract: Maximum 250 words
Essay Submission Deadline: February 6, 2022 to info@ibe.org
Length of Submission: Minimum 1500 words, Maximum 2000 words
Cash Awards: First prize = $150; Second prize = $100; and Third prize = $75 Travel
Grants: $500/semifinalist

There are a multitude of biological engineering challenges that will likely confound ethicists in the upcoming decades. Research and development in the areas of climate change, food security, gene editing, vaccine development, data security, and artificial intelligence all stand to provoke deep ethical consideration. Biological engineers stand uniquely positioned to not only address some of the technical challenges ahead, but to do so in a way that centers on value-driven engineering using a collaborative framework.

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any discipline (science, engineering, the arts and humanities, economics, business and social sciences) are invited to compete in the 2022 IBE Bioethics Essay Competition, addressing the ethics of big data in bioengineered systems for agriculture and health. Students should identify two mentors, one from a STEM department and one from a humanities/business/social science/ education discipline, to provide guidance and feedback in developing their entry. Mentors may help students frame problems, arguments, perspectives, and ethical considerations. Essays are encouraged to discuss any areas related to the myriad of emerging biological engineering challenges. Each essay should pick one aspect of the topic, be well-researched, include relevant literature to support each claim made, and justify opinions stated.

To be eligible, students must submit a 250 word abstract to the Bioethics Essay Session at https:// easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ibe2022 by January 15, 2022, including the title, name of the institution(s), and name, email, mailing address, and home department of the student author(s) and each of the mentors. The final, 1500 – 2000-word essay must be submitted via email by February 6, 2022 to info@ibe.org.

Essays should state the ethical framework used to evaluate the specific situation and justify why that ethical framework is best for the situation. Evaluation will include assessment of the proposed solutions or routes forward for navigating potential ethical conflicts, whether from a policy, law, regulatory, technical, or best practice perspective. Entries will be submitted to a plagiarism-checking service. IBE reserves the right to disqualify any entry judged as non-original, any entry over 2000 words, or any entry with grammatical or spelling errors. All winning essays will become the property of IBE. IBE is not responsible for any difficulties encountered during submission and only the finalists will be notified of results.

Finalists will be selected by February 20, 2022; competition judges will provide written feedback to the finalists, who will then refine and present their improved arguments in person at the Bioethics Essay session at the 2022 IBE Annual Meeting to be held on April 7-9, 2022 in Athens, GA. The final competition rankings will be determined after a five-minute, oral presentation of the essays and ten minutes of Q&A with the judges and the audience.

Finalists will be given complimentary registration to the 2022 IBE Annual Meeting and a travel grant not to exceed $500. By submitting an essay, students agree to attend the 2022 IBE Annual Meeting, if selected as a finalist.