The Helen and Norman Burg Ethics Prize

Norman and Helen Burg

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education awards the Helen and Norman Burg Ethics Prize to showcase graduate student writing on pressing issues in ethics, social justice, and human rights. Submissions should demonstrate academic rigor while also being accessible to a public audience. This prize is open to all students in the Ethics & Society MA program, including accelerated students, as well as recent program graduates (graduates with August 2023 graduation dates). The winning essay will receive a $250 prize and will be published on the Center’s Ethics & Society Blog.


  • Submissions are due Feb 1, 2024.
  • Essays must be between 1500-2000 words (not including reference lists).
  • Essays should examine a socially relevant ethical issue, present a clear argument grounded in ethics scholarship, and written in a manner accessible and engaging to a non-academic audience.  
  • Essays written for a class assignment, and edited to fit the Burg prize requirements, are welcome.
  • Essays can be submitted via this Google Form. Questions can be directed to Dr. Steven Swartzer at [email protected] or