2018 National Bioethics Bowl

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This year's National Bioethics Bowl took place April 13-14, 2018. It was hosted by the University of South Alabama.

What is Bioethics Bowl?

The National Bioethics Bowl brings teams from colleges and universities around the country each year to discuss ethical challenges in biomedicine and technology. 

Months before the event, the teams receive a case packet, containing 15 cases that raise ethical issues, and are tasked with crafting arguments for their positions on each case. 

At National Bioethics Bowl, teams of five compete in several rounds of debate. In each round, two teams debate; each team is presented with a case and offered the opportunity to present their position, hear the reply from the opposing team, and respond to the opposing team and to judges. 



This year's National Champion is the University of Portland, and the National Runner-Up is Samford University. Congratulations to all! 


Bioethics debate


Here are the cases for this year's bowl.


Here is the program for the competition.

Our keynote address, "Radical Climate Ethics," was delivered by Dr. Travis N. Rieder of Johns Hopkins University. 


The University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama.

Here is an interactive map of the campus. The address of the Humanities Building is 5991 USA Drive North and the Student Center is 350 Campus Drive.

Check out Yelp or Visit Mobile's food and dining guide for restaurant recommendations and South Sounds Music Fest downtown, featuring free concerts in the outdoor venues.

Google map image of Mobile, Alabama


Team Registration

Registration is closed.

  • Teams must pay the $300 fee on the online portal in order to complete registration. Forms of payment accepted are Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
  • Spots will be secured on a first come, first served basis.
  • Only four-year accredited colleges and universities are eligible. 
  • If a team has fewer than 5 students, please enter "N/A" in the remaining member information boxes in order to proceed with registration.
  • Student eligibility follows the APPE guidelines. 


Mobile Bay skyline

Travel & Accommodations

Nearby Airports

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB)
Pensacola International Airport (PNS)
Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport (GPT)


Homewood Suites by Hilton
Hampton Inn Providence Park
Springhill Suites Mobile

Public Transit

Wave Public Bus 
JagTran University Shuttle


Would you like to get involved? Email ajeffrey@southalabama.edu for more information!