Steven Pet, an AHI Undergraduate Fellow, has received the Robert G. Bottoms Award from DePauw University, Greencastle Indiana, for “best analytical essay” at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium.  Mr. Pet, a history major at Hamilton College from Milford Connecticut, is advised by AHI co-founder Douglas Ambrose.

According to the Depauw University press release, “Twenty-five student scholars representing 19 colleges – selected from among a total of 76 student submissions from 51 colleges – participated in the symposium, which focused on the theme of personal morality. Pet’s paper was titled “Spreading the Alarm: The Appeal and Importance of Secular Arguments Against Human Germline Enhancement.”

The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics, located in the DePauw University Nature Park, is a place for rigorous inquiry and probing discourse about the most important ethical questions of the day, encouraging students to explore the moral challenges of the 21st century. The Annual Undergraduate Ethics Symposium is designed to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and artistic work by undergraduate students.

This is the first year that the award was named in honor of Robert G. Bottoms, the first director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. Bottoms, president of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and president emeritus of DePauw University, attended the symposium and delivered the keynote address.”

Mr. Pet had previously received the award of a summer internship at the Gilder Lehrman Institute in New York City.  The AHI family congratulates Mr. Pet on his outstanding performance in pursuit of a genuine liberal arts education.