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The Institute programs for 2006 through 2015, developed at Rutgers University-Newark, were made possible by grants from Prudential and from Merck & Co., Inc.
In 2015 we celebrated our 10th and last year of this program.

Click one of the items below for more information about each of the 10 years:

2015 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2014 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2013 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2012 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2011 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2010 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2009 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2008 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2007 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute

2006 Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute


The Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University-Newark hosted the Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute. The Institute introduced area high school students accepted for the program to the major ethical theories and the application of these theories to some of the most important issues in bioethics confronting contemporary society.

The topic for 2015 was titled Ethical Issues in Infectious Diseases, such as
which continued our focus on neuroethics issues—an interdisciplinary area that combined computer science, engineering, biology, philosophy, linguistics, and the neurosciences.

Each daily session of the Institute consisted of lectures (given by science and philosophy professors from Rutgers University and other universities), a critical thinking and writing workshop, and an interactive discussion of a case study or problem in bioethics. A major component focused on tools for critical thinking, a unique part of the Institute program throuhout its 10 years. Instruction was also provided on using a modern library (Information Literacy) with its digital search strategies and tools, as the students prepared materials for presentations given at the end of the week. These presentations were given at a Saturday gala banquet before their parents and syblings as well as distinguished visitors. The entire week of the programs provided a true college experience for these high school students as they resided in a campus dormitory throughout.

Thanks to all who participated during the 10 year duration of the Institute. Our best wishes for success to our students, who numbered 255 in all: your energy and enthusiasm touched all of us.

The program was fully funded and without charge
for high school students who successfully competed
for acceptance in the one-week on-campus program.

Rutgers University
Dept. of Philosophy
Conklin Hall
175 University Ave.
Newark NJ 07102
Telephone: 973-353-5498
Fax: 973-353-5379


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