The Bioethics Project

About the Bioethics Project

The Bioethics Project is a three-semester class in partnership with the Hastings Center in Garrison, NY. Students delve into the research subtopic of their choice; then, with the guidance of a Hastings Center researcher, compose an original piece of scholarly research to present at a Hastings Center project meeting.

The Bioethics Project incorporates:
  • Class/club time during which students work on their individual research
  • Mentoring by Hastings Center researchers
  • Lessons focusing on specific research and writing skills, presentation skills, preparing the website and planning the community symposium
  • A daylong project meeting at the Hastings Center where students present and discuss their research
  • Creation of a website to publish research and convening of a community symposium around a research topic
The High School Bioethics Symposium
The Bioethics Project culminates in the High School Bioethics Symposium. Students present their work and findings at this capstone event.

This project was launched in September 2011 and is funded by an anonymous donor.
2015-2016 TOPIC:
Medical Decision Making & the Human Lifespan
The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969. The Center's mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine and the environment as they affect individuals, communities and societies.

The Bioethics Project Video

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