Troy Moore Undergraduate Ethics Essay Contest

’22 Troy Moore Undergrad Ethics Essay Contest:

Congratulations to Denise Wong, who won 1st prize with her essay: “Bitcoin – The Fool’s Gold”




Troy Moore Undergraduate Ethics Essay Contest.

Entries due 1/28/22.


Annual Troy Moore Undergraduate Ethics Essay Contest

Each year, the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics sponsors an ethics essay contest, open to all GSU undergraduates. The contest commemorates Orbun Troy Moore III, who attended GSU in the 1990s. His life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident before he graduated. He was awarded his degree posthumously. The annual Troy Moore Undergraduate Ethics Essay contest is made possible through the generosity of the Moore family. They honor the memory of the young man they called “Buddy.” He had inspired his family and friends by transforming himself as a student and a person with a GSU humanities education. The annual contest in his name offers undergraduates the opportunity to grow with careful research about themes in ethics.

The 2021-22 Troy Moore Undergraduate Essay Contest in Ethics

Sponsored by the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Prizes: First $250, Second $150, Third $100

The Troy Moore essay contest is an annual competition that challenges Georgia State University undergraduates to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking and well-informed essays that address ethical questions in a reasoned and rigorous way.

This year’s suggested topics:

  • Critically consider the ethical merits of mask mandates in colleges and universities during pandemics.
  • Critically consider whether it is morally correct for any institutions to offer incentives to people to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Some people argue that Critical Race Theory is an important platform for understanding our world. Others worry it distorts history or has no place in public schools. Should Critical Race Theory shape curricula or be taught in schools?
  • Many observers warn that leading virtual currencies are unstable and make it easier for criminals to commit high-stakes robbery. Others say these currencies are great at protecting privacy and helping people who live under tyranny. Are virtual currencies ethically defensible?
  • Carefully examine the ethical aspects or implications of a major literary work, a film, or significant piece of art.
  • Articulate with clarity an ethical problem or puzzle you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics, yourself, or the world.

In writing their essays, students are also encouraged to draw upon scholarly work in a field relevant to their topic.  For example, an essay might discuss and critically assess the competing views of two or three philosophers, political theorists, or legal scholars.

Essays are due to Donna C. Hardaway at, by noon eastern time on Friday, January 28, 2022. (MS Word or .pdf format only). 

Please read the rules carefully: