Read the winning essays from 2013!
View information about past essay contests.
In November, the 2014 contest will kick off with the fall semester students in the Introduction to Law course writing the essay to conclude the ethics unit in the curriculum. All Tippie undergraduate business students are eligible to participate. Essays will be based on a scenario that includes an ethical situation to reflect upon.
Follow the scenario link to see the 2014 essay prompt.
Questions regarding the contest should be emailed to Frank Center director Pamela Bourjaily (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are pleased to announce the three winners of the Mary Thomas Prappas Business Ethics Essay Competition, funded through a generous contribution from business alumna Mary Thomas Prappas.
1st Place: Mitchell Gage
2nd Place: Emily Roberts
3rd Place: Chen Peng
Mitchell Gage from Boone, Iowa, graduated in May from the University of Iowa with an Accounting degree. He is currently pursuing a Master of Taxation degree at the University of Denver before beginning work with EY in Chicago. Emily Roberts, a junior from Aurora, Illinois, is pursuing degrees in Management and Spanish and enjoys tutoring at the Judith R. Frank Business Communications Center and working for UI Information Technology Services. In October, Emily represented the Tippie College of Business in the Eller School of Management's Ethics Case Competition in Arizona. Chen Peng, a native of China, is a senior majoring in Accounting and Finance. He strives to distinguish himself through hard work and enjoys staying connected with various cultures in the community. Congratulations to these three contestants.
Thanks to the generosity of Mary and Dempsey Prappas, monetary awards are given to the top-ranked essays. First-, second-, and third-place winners receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.
From over 900 entrants, 10 finalists were selected in May to proceed to the final phase of judging in which prominent members of the Iowa business community read and evaluated the essays to determine the top three winners. The 10 finalists for the 2013 contest were: Joseph Berman, Eric Cybulski, Mitchell Gage, Michael Korobov, Haley Madsen, Chen Peng, Emily Roberts, Ryan Smaha, Michael Tope, and Eric Welter. Congratulations to these Tippie students for their outstanding essays.