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Information Regarding the Submission of Essays


Please note: Registrants who do not submit an essay with their online registration will not be penalized by the Second Canadian National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference Organizing Committee, when the Committee assesses whether or not to allow the registrant to participate in the conference. However, all registrants are highly encouraged to submit a response, to have a chance at having it published in the participant essay compendium, mentioned below. If you choose not to submit an essay with your online registration, you may do so at a later date by e-mail: . Essays submitted by e-mail MUST be in TXT file format, so that all formatting other than line breaks is lost, as occurs with essays submitted with online registration.

In registering for the conference, participants are being asked if they would like to submit a response to the question "What do you consider the most pressing bioethical question today, and why?". Responses may be up to 1000 words in length (as determined by MS Word's "word count"), and the most efficient approach is to type it up beforehand, proofread it, and then "copy and paste" it into the appropriate field on the online registration form. Please be aware that essay question responses will lose all formatting other than line breaks.

If you are unfamiliar with Bioethics, or are not sure what you consider to be a pressing contemporary bioethical issue, please feel free to check out the Bioethics for Beginners section at Bioethics.net. If you are still having trouble with the question, feel free to contact us at for additional resources, or assistance.

In submitting an essay with your registration, you give your implicit consent that essays be reproduced by the Second Canadian National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference Organizing Committee, as deemed appropriate for the purposes of this conference, or any future conferences. However, participants retain all copyrights to such submissions, and may reproduce them or submit them elsewhere.

The 25 most outstanding essays, as judged by the Second Canadian National Bioethics Conference Organizing Committee, will be placed in a printed compendium. The compendium shall be distributed to conference participants by mail, and an electronic version will also be placed on the conference website after the event.

Tip: Essays will be evaluated on quality over quantity; therefore a response of several meaningful sentences is preferred over a response of several paragraphs with the same amount of meaningful content.