A team of undergraduate UGA philosophy students recently participated in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition at the University of North Georgia alongside teams from UNG, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Clemson University, Virginia Tech, and Lynchburg University. The competition is affiliated with the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
This was the first time UGA has fielded a team for this annual competition. The team was coached by PhD student Danielle Kotrla and included students Chansey Agler, Brandon Bishop, Bianca Medeiros Pinto, Sam Guimond, Zoe Schweitzer, and Peter Bartlett who have been meeting, prepping, and practicing for months on developing positions on fifteen ethical case studies.
This inaugural UGA team was victorious over UAB, but fell to the other teams. "This was the first team UGA has fielded, and most of our team had never done anything like this before," says assistant professor Jeremy Davis, primary organizer of Ethics Bowl activities in the UGA Department of Philosophy. "While our record was not as good as we'd have hoped, the team's performance was impressive--they held their own against powerhouse programs (like Clemson), and beat a quite seasoned team (UAB)."