March 7, 2011

The UCF Ethics Bowl Team has won the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition. The competition was held in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). UCF triumphed over 31 top-scoring teams from ten regional ethics bowls.

This is the third consecutive year that UCF has earned a spot at the national competition and their first victory. The team previously placed second in the Southeast Regional bowl, beating teams from 22 other schools, including the University of Florida, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the United States Naval Academy.

All of the team members are Burnett Honors College students, and five of the six are enrolled in the Case Studies in Ethics honors course. Team members include Alexander Kaplan, a senior Philosophy major; Jessica Fears, a junior Economic major; Stephen Oldham, a junior Philosophy and Political Science major; Kevin Dupree, a senior Humanities major; Ramon Lopez, a senior Philosophy and Political Science major; and Catherine Perrault, a senior Molecular Biology major.

The team is coached by Nancy Stanlick, Michael Strawser, and Madi Dogariu, director of Student Services at The Burnett Honors College.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl began as a small intramural program at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1993. Since then, it has expanded into a national competition that develops students’ intellectual abilities, deepens their ethical understanding and reinforces their sense of ethical commitment.

For more information on the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, visit their website.