USC Campus-Wide Student Ethics Competition 2019

Ethics Competition


Winners of the 2019 Student Ethics Competition

From left to right: Patrick Gelbach, second-prize winner, Amanda Liaw, first-prize winner, Claire Conrad, third-prize winner, Katharine Harrington,  USC Vice President of Admissions and Planning, Reynold Henry, third-prize winner, Meredith Messerle and Emily Reed (shared) third-prize winner and Professor Ali Abbas, Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

First-prize winner Amanda Liaw

Second-prize winner Patrick Gelbach

Third-prize winner Reynold Henry

Third-prize winners Emily Reed and Meredith Messerle

Third-prize winner Claire Conrad 

Left to right: Reynold Henry, Emily Reed, Captain Samantha Harvey and Meredith Messerle


Congratulations to all the winners and special thank you to all the students who entered the 2019 Student Ethics Competition



Please click the video below to view samples of student competition topics


Click on picture below to see the individual videos


November 2, 2019 - Ethic Competition Winners REUNION

2018 Ethics Competition Winners, meet with participants to give personal insight of their experience and how their participation has been recognized by peers and industry professionals. 

Special thanks to Jacqueline Orr, Fiona Sequeira, Kermit Franklin for giving insight on their experience.

To watch recording of the meeting, Please click here




USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Sina Aghaei

Iordanis Fostiopoulos

Audrey Franklin

Meet Chetan Gadoya

Ayush Garg

Patrick Gelbach

Madhuri Jujare

Sai (Jaya)  Nataraj

Emily Reed

Parth Sharma

Robert Wieland


USC School of Cinematic Arts

Patrick Bender

Amanda (Hwee Sien) Liaw

Kay (Niuyue) Zhang


Keck School of Medicine of USC

Nour Abdel-Azim

Jay Bhatia

Claire Conrad

Rachel Dokko

Peggy Ebner

Reynold Henry

Hadi Kaakour

Jennifer Li

Gabe Padilla

Benjamin Tiano

Tyler Wright


USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Kristian Castro

Laura Dominguez

Malaika English

Jacquiline Guillen

Joanne Lepore

Nicholas Sanchez

Natalia Wurst


USC Marshall School of Business

Daphne Armstrong

Iris Kim


USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Savannah Guimond

Holli Howland

Katie Hurley

Sabiny Pierrevil


The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Meredith Messerle


USC Gould School of Law

David Schlosberg

Jeffrey Tevis 


USC Rossier School of Education

Evan Michael Hess

Kenneth Ho




October 10 & 11, 2018 - Students Film 2019 Competition Videos


Madhuri Jujare


Sina Anhaei


Patrick Bender


    Emily Reed and Meredith Messerle

David Schlosberg

Katie Hurley and Savannah Guimond

Reynold Henry


Evan Michael Hess

Jennifer Li

Robert Wieland

Claire Conrad

Parth Sharma

Audrey Franklin

Rachel Dokko


Kenneth Ho


To view taping of last year, click here


Luncheon, Introduction of Competition, October 5th, 2018

To view the recording of information session, click here




The Neely Center Student Ethics Competition is open to all USC students. Submissions are invited in all areas of ethics and decision making including, but not limited to:

1. The intersection of technology and society

2. Business ethics

3. Public policy ethics


Submissions can be in any form such as a written article, a presentation , or video submissions themes in the past have included:

1. A case study exhibiting a real life decision that involves trade-offs and an ethical dilemma.

2. Reflections on what comprises an ethically sensitive decision culture and the impediments/inducers of ethical behavior.

3. Fairness and equity issues with ethical implications.

4. Unanticipated ethical considerations revolving around the future of technology.


A distinguished panel of judges from USC and industry will evaluate the submissions and select the finalist and the winners. Finalist will present in our annual Ethics Conference, Ethics: Where Do We Stand, March 29th, 2019.

The conference will include several world-renowned speakers from industry and academia.




Important dates


September 30th, 2018—Intent to participate. Please email to with your intent to participate, so we may forward you follow up emails about USC resources to help you with the submissions. Intent to participate should include a title and a brief abstract/description of the proposed work.


December 15th, 2018—Initial draft—So we may offer feedback from experts on your submission


February 15th, 2019—Second draft


March 1, 2019—Final submission


April 26th, 2019—Announcement of winners and presentations at the Neely Center Annual Ethics Conference 2019


USC Ethics Competition, accepting submissions, in all areas of ethics and decision making. 

Please email your intention to enter, to


                                       To view 2018 competition, click here


2018 Student Competition Winners


Winners, (left to right) Fiona Sequeira 2nd Place, Jacqueline Orr 1st Place, Rashi Chaudhary 3rd Place, Kermit Franklin 1st Place and David Newman 2nd Place


Highlights of the 2018 Competition


Student Finalist Presentation



Finalist, Jacqueline Orr, David Newman, Rashi Chaudhary, Kermit Franklin & Fiona Sequeira


Finalist Kermit Franklin


Fiona Sequeira, presenting


Jacqueline Orr, presenting


David Newman, Prize Winner



Fiona Sequeira, Prize Winner




APRIL 3, 2018 Daily Trojan Report on Competition


Winners of the 2018 Student Ethics Competition


To read the Daily Trojan report on the USC Neely Center student ethics competition click here.

To read more about the Neely Center's Next Generation Ethics conference click here


MARCH 30, 2018  Next Generation Ethics Conference - Students Present at Next Generation Ethics Conference


February 21 & 22, 2018   Students Film New Competition Videos


January 29, 2018   Student Videos Posted Online

To watch students discuss their competition entries click here


January 26, 2018   Guest Speaker: Naj Meshkati

Professor Naj Meshkati, an expert in workplace safety and accidents, shared his experience confronting important ethical dilemmas with students in a special lecture. To read more about Professor Meshkati click here


January 19, 2018   Guest Speaker: Stephen Byars

Stephen Byars, Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication at the USC Marshall School of Business shared insights into examining ethical issues with the students who entered the Neely Center competition. To read more about Professor Byars click here


November 29, 2017   Competition Entrants Dine With USC Trustee Jerry Neely

Students met with USC Trustee Jerry Neely and Professor Abbas at a special dinner to discuss their competition submisions and get feedback and advice


November 15, 2017   Competition Featured in BBC Interview

Professor Abbas discussed the Neely Center competition during an in-studio interview with BBC Radio 5 Live. To listen to the interview click here. Interview begins at 1.16


October 25 & 26, 2017   Students Film Videos Explaining Competition Entries

Students discussed their projects for a video that will be featured on this site and also at our Next Generation Ethics Conference, March 30, 2018


October 6, 2017   Students Meet With Professor Abbas

Professor Abbas gave students an introduction to decisions and ethics and an overview of the Neely Center ethics competition


September 30, 2017   Students Submit Intent to Participate

Students were asked to submit an email expresing interest in the competition and a short outline of their proposed project. To read a list of submissions and abstracts click here


September 22, 2017   Daily Trojan Reports on Competition

The Daily Trojan published an article on the Neely Center Competition including an interview with Neely Center director Professor Abbas

To read the article click here