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Bioethics Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania

The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for Bioethics Boot Camp, a three-week workshop in bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, June 8-27, 2014.  At Bioethics Boot Camp, students will be given an intensive introduction to bioethics and will be mentored in writing a publishable bioethics paper. 

Eligible students are PhD students in philosophy, political theory, social sciences and law who have little or no prior experience in bioethics.

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, in addition to travel expenses and living expenses.  Participants are expected to develop a bioethics research topic at Boot Camp and continue working with a mentor on this topic afterwards, with the aim of publishing a bioethics paper within a year.


At Bioethics Boot Camp, students will:

  • Attend seminars by Penn faculty that give an overview of the interdisciplinary field of bioethics
  • Attend seminars by visiting scholars, including Liz Harman (Princeton University), Maria Merritt (Johns Hopkins University), Jeff McMahan (Rutgers University) Henry Richardson (Georgetown University), Jason Schwartz (Princeton University) and Larry Temkin (Rutgers University)
  • Get practical advice about publishing bioethics papers and pursuing a career in bioethics
  • Be paired with a faculty mentor, who will help the student develop a bioethics research topic and advise him or her on writing a publishable bioethics paper (2,000-7,500 words in length)

To apply, please email a one-page statement of interest, a short writing sample (10-20 pages, on any topic), a CV, and an official or unofficial transcript to Megan McCusker at .   Please also have one letter of recommendation emailed to Megan.  Applications are due February 17, 2014. 

Questions?  Email Anne Barnhill, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, at .