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2023 National Bioethics Bowl


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The National Bioethics Bowl is an annual tournament which brings teams from colleges and universities around the country to discuss ethical challenges in biomedicine and technology.

The case packet features 12 cases.  Teams spend the Spring semester researching the cases and preparing arguments to support their responses to the case questions.  At the competition, two cases are selected at random each round and presenting teams must give a response to the chosen question within 10 minutes.  Opposing teams present a rebuttal.  Then, judges ask the presenting team questions, to which the presenting team responds.

The case packet and rules for the competition are below.

Tournament Schedule

8:30-9 AM Breakfast + Check-in (teams and judges receive their schedule, room assignments, and welcome packs)

9 AM Welcome – Opening Announcements in Egan

ROUND 1: 9:20 – 10:20 AM

ROUND 2: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Lunch: 11:30-12:30

(coaches meeting over lunch: 12-12:30)

ROUND 3: 12:45-1:45

(tab room: scores confirmed, 2 advancing teams for final round announced at Egan)

FINAL ROUND: 2:15-3:15 PM

Location: Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Registration: Register your team here.

Cases: 2023 Bioethics Bowl Cases

Tournament Schedule:

  • April 15, 2023 – Debate rounds

Travel & Accommodations:

RecommendationsWhile flying into Boston is our recommended option, flying into Providence TF GREEN AIRPORT (PVD) may be cheaper for some teams.  As you explore travel and accommodation options, you might consider staying in downtown Providence and taking the commuter rail train (about an hour) into Boston for the tournament Saturday. (For the Providence commuter rail schedule, click here.)

We recommend booking ASAP since this is the weekend before the Boston Marathon.

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