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Program Foundation  

Our impact on student learning is driven by a goal to develop well rounded leaders who are guided by their ethical principles and have a support network they can trust when facing ethical dilemmas. To address these areas of student learning we focus on these three questions:

  1. How can we leverage our resources to build a community where students can find leaders, friends, role models and mentors whose values align with their own and develop a support network that is based on trust and respect? 
  2. How can we build curriculum and provide opportunities that help students practice incorporating ethical principles into their problem-solving framework and build skills to effectively communicate and advocate for their principle-based decisions?
  3. How can current and future business leaders support their communities and businesses using principle-based ethics?


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 Leadership and Network Building


  • UW Ethics Club 

    UW Ethics Club is a recognized student organization at the University of Wyoming that is focused on developing student character and conscience as well as promoting ethical decision-making. We provide a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment for our members to make friends, make a difference, and enrich their college experience.

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  • BBB Torch Awards Ethics Scholar Internships

    Presented annually since 1996, the International Torch Awards for Ethics honor companies that demonstrate best practices, leadership, social responsibility, and high standards of organizational ethics that benefit their customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities. The award embodies the Better Business Bureau's mission of advancing trust in the marketplace. The International Torch Awards are brought to you by the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust.

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  • The international business ethics case competition 

    The International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC) is the oldest and most distinguished intercollegiate business ethics competition of its kind. IBECC is an educational event that aims to help all participants become better informed about the necessity, difficulty, costs, and rewards of conducting business ethically. 

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  • Annual Daniels Fund Ethics Summit

    The Summit was introduced in 2014 to provide an immersive and relevant educational experience that promotes and demonstrates the value of principle-based ethics.

    The Summit facilitates direct interaction and conversation among participants in a series of keynote presentations, panels, and small group discussions. A primary focus is the engagement of business leaders to extend the Summit’s relevance and value beyond the campus and into the business world.

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  • SCPT Leadership Conference

    In this intensive two-day training event, participants increase their knowledge and exposure to ethical leadership and take their experiences back home to apply on campus and in future endeavors. Students also learn about conflict management, personal accountability, strategic networking and best practices for running their StudentCPT chapters. Click below to learn more about this year’s conference.

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    University of Wyoming SparkTank

    UW SparkTank is the University of Wyoming Ethics Club's philanthropic campaign to support local nonprofits. SparkTank "sparks" the mission of local nonprofits and enriches the college experience for University of Wyoming students by showing them the power and personal growth brought on by leading philanthropic efforts.

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Learning and Opportunities 

  • Ethical Leadership Certification

    The Ethical Leadership Certification Program is an online tool that helps college students identify ethical issues, learn how to respond to ethical dilemmas and enhance their ethical decision-making abilities. This program also helps students build their resumes and communicate their values to future employers.

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  • College of Business Leadership Minor

    The Leadership Minor is a unique curricular and co-curricular experience that prepares students to be leaders in every facet of their lives.  Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, students acquire the knowledge necessary to develop leadership competencies.  Students then test and refine those competencies by earning the Cowboy Leadership Certificate as part of their program.

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  • Experiential Learning Opportunities

    Experiential learning opportunities are a vital function of the University of Wyoming Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative and act as a driver for increased student engagement, knowledge, and analysis. These learning opportunities seek to enhance students’ understanding of ethics-based principles and how they should be deployed in real-world situations.  

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  • Annual Daniels Fund Ethics Consortium Case Competition

    Launched in 2012, the Case Competition exposes students to a thought provoking business ethics case similar to a situation that they might face in their professional careers. This competition will help build on the solid principle-based ethical framework central to decision-making in a complex business environment. Ethics demonstrated in the competition will need to convey that principles are a constant foundation — not relative to a specific situation — and that doing what’s right should prevail over self-interest, even when the two appear to conflict.

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    The Daniels Fund Fellows Program at the University of Wyoming (UW) recruits faculty and staff across campus to participate in advancing the mission of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (DFEI) Collegiate Program, which is to engage students and university stakeholders through principle-based ethics education and thereby prepare them to make ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives.

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  • John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition

    The John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of Wyoming is designed to encourage college students across the State of Wyoming to act on their talents, ideas, and energy to produce tomorrow's leading businesses. The $50K Competition awards cash prizes to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submit their business plans for new ventures showing significant business potential.

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Explore Our Program

Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative
Faculty Fellows


Undergraduate Education
Executive Education
Recognizing Excellence


Research & Resources
$50K ellbogen competition
UW Leadership Academy