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Read the winning essays from 2013!

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Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest

2014 Submission Deadline May 5, 2014

All Tippie undergraduate business students are eligible to participate in the 2014 Ethics Essay Contest. Essays will be based on a scenario that includes an ethical situation to reflect upon. Students should submitt essays as a Word doc to Pamela Bourjaily, Director, Frank Center ( no later than May 5.

Follow the scenario link to see the 2014 essay prompt.

Questions regarding the contest should be emailed to Pamela Bourjaily, Director, Frank Center (

2013 Contest Winners and Finalists

Prominent members of the Iowa business community read and evaluated the essays from among a pool of 10 finalists to determine the top three winners. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Thomas Prappas and Dempsey Prappas, first-, second-, and third-place winners received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.

1st Place: Mitchell Gage
2nd Place: Emily Roberts
3rd Place: Chen Peng

Mitchell Gage from Boone, Iowa, graduated last 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.

Finalists in the 2013 contest also included: Joseph Berman, Eric Cybulski, Michael Korobov, Haley Madsen, Ryan Smaha, Michael Tope, and Eric Welter. Congratulations to these finalists selected for their outstanding essays from over 900 contest entrants.