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Department of Philosophy|College of Arts & Sciences

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Department of Philosophy
Department Head:
Franz-Peter Griesmaier
Office Associate:
Clayleen Rivord
Ross Hall, Room 122
Dept. 3392
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3204
Fax: 307-766-2096
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James Orr Willits Ethics Award

 SUMMER 2015


Due to the gracious support of the Garber family, three awards of $3,000 each will be made to University of Wyoming students, at any academic level, for summer projects in research or creative endeavor that involve a substantial ethics component.  The research can be conducted individually or collaboratively, under sponsorship and supervision of a faculty member. 

The purpose of this award is to encourage and assist students, in any discipline in the university, who are considering, beginning or in the midst of a research or creative activity, to include a substantial ethics component. 


Preference will be given to projects that:

  1. Concentrate on a well-defined ethical problem;
  2. Make a positive contribution to solving an ethical problem;
  3. Have a substantial, clear, developed, relevant, and concrete ethics component;
  4. Utilize a process or methodology for investigation and research;
  5. Are of consequence, and have potential benefit to others;
  6. Are feasible, capable of completion in one summer;
  7. Are original, the students’ own research rather than a segment of faculty research;
  8.  Use the funds for project essentials;
  9. Have a strong faculty letter of recommendation.


  1. Students must be enrolled full-time, during the 2015 Spring Semester and enrolled for at least one credit hour during the 2015 Summer Semester. Graduate students must be formally accepted in a University of Wyoming graduate program.
  2. The recipients are expected to work full time during the summer on his or her project.
  3. The recipients must present their research to the university community in Academic Year 2015-16.  This might be a departmental colloquium, or a graduate student conference, or the undergraduate research days.
  4. Past recipients of this Independent Study award are not eligible.


Deadline for applications: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by noon.
Bring all of your materials in one packet to Clayleen Rivord in the Philosophy Department, Ross Hall 122.

Announcement of Awards: In writing by May 4, 2015 (please do not make telephone inquiries)

Research: Summer, 2015

Reports Due: Fall, 2015 (date TBA)

The recipient is committed to submit to the Philosophy Department a signed written report (and an electronic copy to Clayleen Rivord at ) on the results of his or her project along with a brief signed review and comment by the faculty sponsor.  A copy of the report and the faculty review also needs to be submitted to your department.


Please contact Ed Sherline, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy:

Required Application Materials

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