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The Hastings Center’s Visiting Scholar Program offers a special opportunity for undergraduates.

The Hastings Center seeks undergraduate applicants, usually in their junior or senior year, with strong academic credentials and the ability to work independently.  The Emily Murray Fund provides student scholars with one week of accommodation in a shared self-catering apartment at no cost. Scholarship recipients are responsible for all other costs, such as meals and travel.

Applicants must be pursuing a scholarly project, such as an honors thesis or independent study, under the supervision of a faculty mentor at their college or university. Examples of recent projects pursued by Emily Murray Student Scholars include the conduct of research in global health; the concept of personhood in artificial intelligence (AI), and the commercialization of genomics.

Applicants should have a strong interest in philosophy or religion that is reflected in their project.  Successful applicants come from a range of liberal arts and pre-professional majors.

Due to Covid-19 applications and residencies for 2021 are suspended. 

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Meet our Emily Murray visiting scholars! “As an Emily Murray Scholar, I’ve had a chance to workshop my undergraduate thesis about the recent controversy surrounding ‘Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria’, a new diagnosis proposed by a polarizing study which surveyed “gender critical” parents of transgender children who are concerned by what they see as undue pressure to medically transition. – Sam Greenwald, Vassar College (left). “Through my research, I have been able to better understand the benefits associated with utilizing narratives in ethics, especially for topics that are underrepresented in academia.” – Danielle Pacia, The University of Alabama (center). “I was inspired by the bioethics casebook put out by the Hastings Center and the National University of Singapore. During my stay, I was able to get the guidance from research scholars on how to expand this model of contextual biomedical ethics teaching resources in other settings.”-Tarika Srinivasan, The University of Texas at Austin (right). #bioethics

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