Collier Scholarships

The deadline for applying to the Collier Scholarships is March 31, 2016.  Philosophy students are often eligible to apply for either Collier scholarship.  The Collier Interdisciplinary Scholarship requires work in a science or social science subject and a humanities subject (for example those doing work in psychology and philosophy could be eligible.) The Collier Pleneurethic Scholarship requires that the student pursue studies of the relationship between the mind, body, and environment.  For more information and application instructions, check here.

Collier Poster 2016

Call for Student Contributions

A message from the Managing Editors of Sound Decisions: 

We’re currently seeking student entries for this semester’s edition of Sound Decisions, Puget Sound’s undergraduate bioethics journal. This journal publishes original student work discussing relevant bioethical topics in health, medicine, science, and technology, and aims to thereby serve as a platform for academic discourse among undergraduates. We welcome submissions in any of the following areas:

(1) Thought-provoking academic papers of up to 20 double-spaced pages in length that advance an argument on an issue of bioethical concern.

(2) Opinion pieces of up to 10 double-spaced pages in length on relevant bioethical issues.

(3) Original art that explores bioethical issues, with an optional statement about the piece and its relevance.

The opinions and arts pieces especially can cover a broad range of issues, so feel free to contact us with any questions regarding potential topics or pieces for submission. Please send submissions to by no later than Friday, April 8 to be considered for publication. Paper submissions should be typed and double-spaced in 12 pt Times New Roman font. Art can be submitted as high-resolution images in the format of your choice.

Contact with any questions that may arise. We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Frances Welsh and Caitlin Kerwin
Managing Editors, Sound Decisions

Undergraduate Summer Diversity Institutes Accepting Applications

A number of undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy are now accepting applications for their 2016 sessions. These institutes operate independent of one another, but they share the overarching goal to encourage and support undergraduates from underrepresented groups in philosophy. Each institute normally accepts 10-20 students per year.
The following institutes are now accepting applications:
Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) – PIKSI-Rock (June 13-22, 2016) and PIKSI-Boston (July 17-23, 2016). Application deadline: March 21, 2016.
Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy – July 10-17, 2016. Application deadline: May 9, 2016.
Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown University (SIPP@Brown) – July 17-30, 2016. Application deadline: March 15, 2016.
UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy – June 20-July 1, 2016. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
UMass Dartmouth Summer Program for Diversity: Logic – May 22-28, 2016. Application deadline: April 18, 2016.
Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups, including women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, individuals from economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities, are urged to apply.

Green Corps Extended Application Deadline


Extended Application Deadline: March 4th

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. At Green Corps, we believe there are actually plenty of solutions to these problems, but what’s lacking is political will on behalf of decision makers.  That’s why right now, what we really need is more Organizers – people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it.

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — climate change, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit

In your year with Green Corps:

Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of

Learn new skills: Green Corps will teach you to recruit and train activists and volunteers, build coalitions, organize events and gain media coverage, and much more—all of the skills it takes to build public support for our environment.Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Food & Water Watch, Corporate Accountability International, and The Wilderness Society, in major cities to small towns across the country.

Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: A team of Green Corps organizers helped run a publicity campaign that persuaded Kellogg’s Cereal to pressure its supplier of palm oil to stop destroying tropical forests. Other Green Corps organizers have played critical roles in the retirement of over a dozen coal-fired power plants on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $25,500. We also offer a generous benefits package.

Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

The Application Process: In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2016 -2017. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit to apply.

Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2016 with Introductory Classroom Training and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit or contact Amanda Becker, Recruitment Director of Green Corps at

Green Corps is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The Visioneers: How a group of Elite Life Scientists, Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future

There will be a lecture titled, “The Visioneers: How a group of Elite Life Scientists, Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future” by Patrick McCray on March 10 at 4pm in Thompson 175.

Professor McCray, a Professor of History at UCSB, studies the history of interactions of technologists and scientists with the public and policy makers.

Sponsored by the STS Program and the Departments of Philosophy and History