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2024-2025 NHSEB Impact Study

We are excited to announce that during the 2024-2025 academic year, the Parr Center for Ethics will be conducting a study to investigate the impact of the National High School Ethics Bowl. We thank you in advance for your consideration and participation, and for your help in learning more about the traits and dispositions our activity fosters. Official communications about the study for participants will be handled by Dr. Michael Vazquez.


Fill out the form below to indicate your interest in the study.

Interest Form






Who can participate in the Impact Study?

Any high school student in the United States who is at a school that participates in the National High School Ethics Bowl, regardless of whether those students are themselves involved with the program. The study design requires two groups of students at each school: some NHSEB-participating students and some non-NHSEB students. Teachers may recruit both groups individually or by partnering with other teachers—whichever is most convenient.

Students will need parental permission to participate. Our parental consent form can be completed online and shared with students well in advance of administering the first survey (it’s a very short form). The permission form can be completed anytime before participation in the study, including right now! It is available here:

Students who participated last year are eligible to participate again this year!


What does participation look like?

Participation involves completing four online surveys (about 15 minutes), completed at designated times between October and December. Each survey window will be open for one full week. Students can complete the survey at any time during those week-long windows, whether in class or at home on their own time.

Survey Window #1: October 14 – October 21
Survey Window #2: October 28 – November 4
Survey Window #3: November 11 – November 18
Survey Window #4: November 25 – December 2


Why should my school participate in this research?

This study is a simple way to help the Parr Center improve the National High School Ethics Bowl and advance its mission. In addition, thanks to financial support from the John Templeton Foundation, we are pleased to be able to offer participation incentives. Each participating school will receive a $350 gift card for participating fully in the study (i.e., having both groups of students at their school complete all four surveys).


How will I receive compensation for my school’s participation?

At the end of the survey period, we will begin processing the payments. Schools that successfully complete the study (i.e., that have NHSEB and non-NHSEB students complete all four surveys) will receive a $350 gift card, sent either to an email address or physical address of your choosing. If you collaborate with other teachers or staff at your school in order to recruit both groups of students, we will send the award to the designated point of contact.


How can I get involved?

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in the study, or email our Study Coordinator, Dr. Michael Vazquez.





We are grateful to the Intellectual Humility Science project at Georgia State University and the John Templeton Foundation for their generous support for this study.


Project Leaders


Michael Vazquez, Ph.D.  //  Teaching Assistant Professor & Director of Outreach

Michael Vazquez is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Director of Outreach at the Parr Center for Ethics. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in ancient philosophy and the philosophy of education. He is committed to forging lasting, democratic, and collaborative partnerships between the academy and the community, and to cultivating the philosophical voices of people of all ages. In addition to the Executive Committee of the National High School Ethics Bowl, he serves on the Public Philosophy Committee of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Academic Advisory Board of the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO).




Michael Prinzing, Ph.D.  //  Consulting Research Scientist

Michael Prinzing is a philosopher and scientist who studies human flourishing. That is, his research integrates empirical and philosophical methods, with the aim of better understanding what it means to be well and live a good life. Michael received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2022 and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Baylor University. Along with others at the Parr Center, Michael is organizing a quasi-experimental study to investigate how philosophy outreach programs might promote intellectual and civic virtues.




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