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The EKU Bioethics Bowl

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On Saturday, October 26, the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department will host the EKU Bioethics Bowl. The Bioethics Bowl is a debate-style team competition that focuses on ethical issues in the practice of medicine and/or biomedical research.

More information about the Bioethics Bowl can be found here:

More information about last year’s National Bioethics Bowl can be found here:

The EKU Bioethics Bowl is open to teams of 3-5 EKU undergraduate students from any major. Two teams will oppose each other in each round of the EKU Bioethics Bowl. In each round the first team will be assigned a question and will have 10 minutes to answer it. Then, the opposing team will have 5 minutes to respond to the presenting team’s position. The presenting team will then have 3 minutes to defend their position against the opposing team’s response. Finally, a panel of judges will have 2 minutes to ask the presenting team questions about their position for the purposes of clarification. In the second half of the round, the opposing team will be given a separate question and the same format will be followed for the opposing team. The panel of judges will assign points for each team’s performance at the end of the round. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the EKU Bioethics Bowl will be the 1st place winner, and the team with the second highest number of points will be the 2nd place winner.

First prize is $50 per team member and the chance to compete in the National Bioethics Bowl.

Second prize is $25 per team member.

Each team will be randomly assigned one of the follow questions during their round on the day of the EKU Bioethics Bowl. However, all four questions are being released in advance so that teams can prepare responses to each of them in order to be ready for whichever question they are assigned at the bowl:

  1. Should alcoholics get liver transplants?
  2. Is the Affordable Care Act just?
  3. Should medical research in developing countries be held to the same standard as medical research in the U.S.?
  4. Is all medical enhancement cheating?

The EKU Bioethics Bowl will take place in the Main Library Room 128.

The schedule of events for the EKU Bioethics Bowl are as follows:

  • 11:30 AM: Opening remarks
  • 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM: Lunch at Case Dining Hall (free for participating students and judges)
  • 1:00 PM: EKU Bioethics Bowl rounds begin

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the EKU Bioethics Bowl. It is an excellent activity to put on your resume and applications for professional and graduate school. There’s a chance to win some money and an expense paid trip to the National Bioethics Bowl; you’ll get a free lunch; and, it should be a lot of fun!

Participants are free to form their own teams of 3-5 EKU undergraduate students. Please register your team by October 12, 2019 by sending the names of the team members to Dr. Laura Newhart at

Questions about the EKU Bioethics Bowl can also be directed to Dr. Newhart at

Published on September 12, 2019

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