Bioethics Boot Camp

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for Bioethics Boot Camp, a three-week intensive introduction to bioethics, held at Penn on June 4-23, 2017. 

Bioethics Boot Camp is designed for graduate students in philosophy, political theory, law and the social sciences. 

At Bioethics Boot Camp, students

  • Attend lectures by philosophers, social scientists, lawyers, physicians and medical researchers giving an overview of the interdisciplinary field of bioethics
  • Have seminars exploring specific bioethics issues in depth
  • Go on rounds in the hospital
  • Get practical advice about publishing bioethics papers and pursuing a career in bioethics
  • Are paired with a faculty mentor, who helps the student develop a bioethics research topic and write a publishable bioethics paper

Boot Camp participants will receive a $4,000 stipend & lodging at Penn.

To apply, please send a one-page statement of interest, one letter of recommendation, a short writing sample (<10 pages), and a CV to Caitlin O’Neill, Administrative Coordinator, at Applications due January 2, 2017.

Bioethics Boot Camp is funded by the Greenwall Foundation. 

Bioethics Boot Campers 2016

Megan Dean

Megan Dean is a PhD student in Philosophy at Georgetown University. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Alberta. In addition to bioethics, her interests include philosophies of the body and embodiment, feminist philosophy, contemporary European philosophy (especially phenomenology and the work of Michel Foucault), and philosophy of science.


Jimmy Goodrich

Jimmy is a Ph.D. student at Rutgers, working on a variety of issues in moral and political philosophy. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he studied population ethics on a Fulbright research grant at Stockholm University in Sweden. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys coffee, traveling, and the Wu-Tang Clan.


Anthony Kelley

I'm a Ph.D. student in philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My primary research interest is to understand the nature of value, especially prudential value. My dissertation is on internalism about prudential value, the claim that a person's good must in some way be connected to her evaluative perspective. I try to settle on the best interpretation of the claim and determine whether we should believe it.


I am a Ph.D. candidate in the philosophy department at Princeton University. My primary research interests are in applied ethics, particularly biomedical ethics and neuroethics. My dissertation focuses on a set of questions concerning the moral permissibility of paternalism towards children in the context of medical decision making. I draw on recent work in cognitive science and neuroscience to develop a framework for deciding when children should be allowed to make their own medical decisions.


Caroline Perry

Caroline Perry is a PhD student in philosophy at the University of Michigan, specializing in normative ethics. She is especially interested in the ethical import of personhood and the nature of our obligations with respect to our own agency and that of others, particularly in the context of personal relationships. Caroline was a mathlete in a former life, and she is an avid traveler, fantasy reader, theatregoer, music lover, and ballet enthusiast.


Mike Robillard

Michael Robillard is currently a resident research fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the US Naval Academy and a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut. His work mainly focuses on theories of exploitation applied to military recruits and commercial surrogate mothers. Michael is a former Army Ranger and Iraq war veteran.


Kevin Tobia

I am a joint degree student in law (JD) and philosophy (PhD) at Yale University. I spent my undergraduate years at Rutgers University, where I studied philosophy, mathematics, and cognitive science. After graduating, I studied philosophy at Oxford for two years.


Bioethics Boot Campers 2014

Ben Bronner

Ben Bronner is a graduate student in the philosophy department at Rutgers University. He is primarily interested in normative and applied ethics.


Adam J. Lerner

Adam Lerner is a graduate student in the Philosophy Department at Princeton University. His primary research lies at the intersection of ethics, meta-ethics, and psychology. Within bioethics, he is interested in resource allocation, organ markets, self-ownership, exploitation, and end-of-life issues.


Matthew McCoy

Matthew McCoy earned a PhD from the Department of Politics and the Program in Political Philosophy at Princeton University. His dissertation assesses the implications of citizen ignorance and irrationality for both the theory and practice of democracy. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics at Penn, he plans to conduct research on the ethics of engaging lay citizens in decision making about the allocation of scarce medical resources. More specifically, his research will focus on a pair of related questions: what sorts of values and benefits can we hope to realize by involving citizens in resource allocation decisions (and in the development of health policy more generally), and what institutional forms of citizen involvement are best suited to realizing those values and benefits? Prior to earning his PhD, Matthew earned an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and spent several years as an analyst at a health services research and consulting firm in Washington, DC.


Lucia Munguia

Lucia Munguia is a graduate student in the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. She studies philosophy of language, feminism, and bioethics. Her research is unified by the the questions, how do conversational rules reflect power structures and internal institutional organization across a vast array of social and political domains (e.g., educational, medical policy making, and clinical settings)? and what are the limits of policy makers and educators in addressing problems that arise as a result of such effects.


Sarah Zoe Raskoff

Sarah is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Arizona. She works in moral philosophy. Her dissertation is mostly about metaethical expressivism and expression, but touches on issues in moral psychology and practical rationality.


Wendy Salkin

 Wendy Salkin is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Harvard University. Her primary research is at the intersection of political and moral philosophy. She is also interested in philosophy of law, bioethics, feminist philosophy, and black political thought. Her dissertation considers what makes political representatives legitimate and how (if at all) informal political representatives can justify their representative activities to those for whom they speak and act. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Africana Studies from New York University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.


Desiree Valentine

Desiree is a student at Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing her dual-title Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women's studies. Her research fields include critical mixed race studies, philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, queer theory, and ethics.