The Ethics Fellows program provides students opportunities to work in teams on projects of ethical concern. Each Fall, Fellows self-select into teams of 6-9 students to work on one of our year-long projects (listed below). Projects are supervised by Parr Center Staff Advisors, who provide guidance, direction, and insight regularly. Students must meet weekly with their group to discuss project progress and direction. Then, students spend 2 – 2.5 hours working on tasks related to their project.
Aside from projects, students are required to attend twice monthly evening talks called “Parr Heel Talks,” where scholars from across campus discuss their latest research on ethics. Also, students must attend at least two Parr Center Speaker Series events. In addition, Fellows participate in social events like the Induction Ceremony and End of Year Celebration. Finally, Fellows volunteer at the North Carolina and National High School Ethics Bowls.
Our application portal is closed for 2022 – 2023. If you missed the deadline but still want to be involved with the Parr Center, please fill out THIS FORM to be added to our listserv. We’ll send information once our Ethics Recruit portal reopens.
Students self-select into one project they would like to work on for the year. Each group is led by one or two Executive Board Members. Execs are returning Fellows and are decided in the summer.
Group Meeting: Groups must meet weekly to discuss project updates, progress, and issues. Fellows decide the day and time for their meetings, though meetings are expected to last 15 – 30 minutes.
Weekly Work: Fellows must complete 2 – 2.5 hours of work on their project (not counting the group meeting). Work may be completed anytime, anywhere, and with anyone, provided it is completed by the end of the week. Students will complete a short reporting form each week to prove work completion.
Fellows are expected to attend bimonthly “Parr Heel Talks,” where invited scholars from across campus share their research in ethics. These talks are open only to Parr Center students, include dinner, and provide insight on how various disciplines approach topics in ethics.
Induction Ceremony: At the ceremony, the Parr Center community welcomes new and returning students to the year. Additionally, we provide free headshots for all students.
Full-day Orientation: Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the rules, requirements, and expectations of the Parr Center Ethics at the retreat. More importantly, students get to know each other and begin mapping their project goals at this event.
Fellow Mixer: In Mid-March, undergraduate and graduate Fellows come together for a special lecture followed by a game night!
End of the Year Celebration & Poster Show: Fellows participate in a celebratory event to send off graduating seniors and international students returning to their home institutions. Following the celebration, Fellows host a public poster show to showcase their projects.
The Parr Center hosts various public lectures each academic year. Lectures include the lunchtime Ethics Around the Table series and evening events such as Parr Center Presents, Parr | Bioethics Joint Lectures, and the Parr Center Forum. Fellows must attend at least two Parr Center public lectures each semester. To see our upcoming events visit our events calendar!
The Parr Center for Ethics is the home of the National High School Ethics Bowl. Each Spring semester, the Parr Center hosts the North Carolina Regional and National competitions. All Fellows train to moderate competition rounds, serve as help points for visitors and provide general assistance during the matches. In addition, Fellows must moderate or room staff during the one-day Regional competition and the weekend-long National competition.
2022 – 2023 Projects
We are excited to announce our project topics for next year!
|Bioethics Society of UNC||This team will promote and lead our university-wide, student-led organization. Learn more here.|
|Chapel Phil Podcast||Chapel Phil will brainstorm, research, record, and release ethics-related podcast episodes. Learn more here.|
|Ethics from My Seat||EMS will engage in outreach and community building through ethically driven discussions and social events.|
|Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl||IEB will lead UNC’S IEB team. Note: UNC’s IEB team will be open to all students. Learn more here.|
|National High School Ethics Bowl||This team will assist the NHSEB Director with initiatives and programs. Learn more here.|
|Parr Heel Blog||The blog team will discuss, pitch, write, and edit content for the Parr Center’s blog. Learn more here.|
|Speaker Series||The Speaker Series group will work with Parr Center Director to learn about and from invited speakers.|
Each Spring, teams produce academic posters (or presentations during COVID-19 heavy years) to showcase their work.
Updated links coming soon.
- Carolina Forum for Ethics Club
- Moral Obligations to Returning Veterans
- National High School Ethics Bowl
- Parr Heel Blog