The UAB Philosophy Department and the Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) sponsor two teams that compete in ethics debate competitions. UAB’s Ethics Bowl Team is coached by Dr. Josh May and competes in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl sponsored by The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. The Bioethics Bowl Team is coached by Dr. Gregory Pence and competes for the Bioethics Bowl Championship held in conjunction with the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference.

In preparation for competitions, students prepare analyses of 15 ethics cases during the semester. For the competition, they comment on the presentations of others and respond to judges’ questions about the positions they endorse. Competitive success requires knowledge of ethical theory, understanding practical details of cases, as well as succinct synthesis of the arguments and questions of others.


  • 2016 Ethics Bowl Team
    2016 Ethics Bowl Team
  • 2015 Ethics Bowl Team
    2015 Ethics Bowl Team
  • 2017 Final Four Bioiethics Bowl Team
    2017 Final Four Bioiethics Bowl Team
  • 2016 Bioethics Bowl Team
    2016 Bioethics Bowl Team
  • 2010 National Championship Ethics Bowl Team
    2010 National Championship Ethics Bowl Team
  • 2015 National Championship Bioethics Bowl Team
    2015 National Championship Bioethics Bowl Team
  • Ethics Bowl Team practice
    Ethics Bowl Team practice
  • 2014 Ethics Bowl Team
    2014 Ethics Bowl Team
  • 2011 National Championship Bioethics Bowl Team
    2011 National Championship Bioethics Bowl Team
  • 2009 Ethics Bowl Team
    2009 Ethics Bowl Team

2017

In 2017, and the UAB Bioethics Bowl team participated in the Bioethics Bowl at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah and finished in the Final Four.

2016

In 2016, the UAB Ethics Bowl team participated in the Southeast Regional in Orlando, Florida and the UAB Bioethics Bowl team participated in the Bioethics Bowl at Case Western University, where it came in 8th.

2015

UAB won the National Bioethics Bowl Championship in Tallahassee, Florida, beating a great team of pre-law students from Samford University by 1 point.

2014

UAB sent a Bioethics Bowl team to the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference at Loyola University in Chicago. Several other UAB students also attended the conference and gave presentations on issues in bioethics.

2012

UAB sent two teams to the Southeastern regional. The senior team advanced to the National Championship, and the freshmen team won two of its three matches. At the National tournament, UAB lost in the quarterfinals to DePauw University. Although DePauw did not win the tournament, they won the 2012 National Bioethics Bowl Championship the next month.

2011

The team did not qualify for the national competition. Determined to debate, the team reformed itself and entered the National Bioethics Bowl Championship at Duke University. Composed of veterans Mallick Hossain and Rachael Rosales and newcomers Kevin Kiang, Majaliwa Mzombwe, and Aditi Jani, the team won the 2011 National Championship in Bioethics.

2010

Philosophy students have always played important roles on the UAB ethics debate teams. Philosophy majors Mallick Hossain, Christopher Graves, Rachael Rosales, and Ayushe Sharma comprised four of five members of the 2010 team. It was one of five teams from the Southeast Region to make the National Finals, in which 32 teams from 10 regions competed. The UAB team captured the National Championship, becoming the Cinderella team of the tournament.


"This is what college is all about .... Being on a team that thrives when creative minds come together for a common purpose."
- Sam Fry
  • "This is what college is all about .... Being on a team that thrives when creative minds come together for a common purpose."
    - Sam Fry
    "The cases of Ethics Bowl reflect real-world issues and tackling these problems equips you with the tools to face similar challenges in your professional career."
    - Kevin Yang
    • "The cases of Ethics Bowl reflect real-world issues and tackling these problems equips you with the tools to face similar challenges in your professional career."
      - Kevin Yang
      "Not only did Bioethics Bowl allow me to examine the morals and ethical ideals of others, but to reflect on my own morals and ethical standpoints."
      - Kaitlin Burge
      • "Not only did Bioethics Bowl allow me to examine the morals and ethical ideals of others, but to reflect on my own morals and ethical standpoints."
        - Kaitlin Burge