Student Ethics Essay Award
Submissions are now closed for the 2014 Student Ethics Essay Award (SEEA). Authors of winning essays will be notified in June 2014. See Student Ethics Essay Award recipients to view previous winners and read their winning essays.
The SEEA program is conducted as part of ASHA's efforts to enhance ethics education activities. The goal of the program is to encourage students to think about ethical decision making and create greater awareness of situations that could pose ethical dilemmas as they prepare to start careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences.
Expanded program eligibility! The essay competition is now open to students who are enrolled in any undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Participating students write an essay on the selected ethics topic and submit it to their CSD program director or his/her designee for initial review; each program director/designee may select up to five student essays for submission to ASHA for the final review and selection process. Members of ASHA's Board of Ethics review the essays and select three winning authors, who receive
- one student registration to ASHA Convention (first place winner only);
- monetary prizes ($750, $500, and $250 for first, second, and third place, respectively);
- certificates of achievement;
- a 1-year national NSSLHA membership;
- invitations to the NSSLHA Luncheon and Awards Ceremony during the ASHA Convention in November
Winners and their essays are recognized
- on the ASHA website,
- at the NSSLHA Luncheon and Awards Ceremony,
- in The ASHA Leader.
Award Eligibility | 2014 Essay Topic | Essay Requirements | Essay Evaluation Criteria
Essay Resources | Submission Instructions for Students
Submission Instructions for Advisors | Submission Deadlines
- The individual must be a student enrolled in any undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program in communication sciences and disorders (CSD).
- The individual must be enrolled part time or full time during the 2013–2014 academic year.
2014 Student Ethics Essay
Topic: Supervisory Relationships
Despite what appears to be a successful graduate training experience in audiology or speech-language pathology, issues with ethical implications may arise during the supervisory relationship in your clinical education. Select one potential conflict from the situations below.
Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate audiology programs, select one below:
- During your 4th-year clinical placement, you discover that your immediate supervisor's ASHA certification is not current. You understand that the time spent acquiring knowledge and skills in this clinical experience will not be accepted toward completion of your ASHA certification requirements. When you inquire about this issue, your supervisor says, "Don't worry. I'll have someone with certification sign."
- During your clinical education program, you believe that your immediate supervisor fails to provide you with adequate supervision to meet your and your client's needs; you believe, therefore, that the accuracy of the audiology services is compromised.
Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate speech-language pathology programs, select one below:
- During your clinical fellowship, you discover that your immediate supervisor's ASHA certification is not current. You understand that the time spent acquiring knowledge and skills in this clinical experience will not be accepted toward completion of your ASHA certification requirements. When you inquire about this issue, your supervisor says, "Don't worry. I'll have someone with certification sign."
- During your clinical education program, you believe that your immediate supervisor fails to provide you with adequate supervision to meet your and your client's needs; you believe, therefore, that the quality of services you provide is compromised.
Using the ASHA Code of Ethics, identify one or more Principles and the corresponding Rule(s) that you believe have been violated and provide a rationale for your choice(s). Next, describe your decision-making process to resolve the ethical dilemma.
- Essay Format
- 1,200 words or less, excluding title and any references (essays exceeding the 1,200-word limit will be disqualified)
- Standard format, including title, introduction, body, and summary/conclusion
- Microsoft Word, 12-point font, double-spaced, on 8½" x 11" white paper
- Numbered pages
- The SEEA Application Form [PDF] must be completed and signed by the student and program director/designee and attached to the essay.
- The student's name and other identifying information should appear only on the SEEA Application Form, not on the essay itself, in order to ensure objectivity in the review process.
- Entries must be original work, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- Individuals may not submit more than one essay. Submissions of entries authored by multiple individuals will not be considered.
Essay Evaluation Criteria
The CSD program director/designee may use any criteria and means he/she chooses for evaluating essays. Possible evaluation criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Has the writer followed the essay format and submission requirements described above?
- Has the writer approached the essay topic in a fresh, rich, and illuminating way, avoiding moral platitudes and oversimplification?
- Has the writer demonstrated familiarity with the ASHA Code of Ethics (2010), relevant Issues in Ethics statements, and other ethics-related resources?
- Does the writer make a contribution to ethical deliberation and discernment that is mature, insightful, and likely to be both helpful and interesting to students and ASHA members?
- Has the writer presented his/her position in a clear, logical manner that facilitates understanding of the writer's reasoning?
- Has the writer supported his/her arguments with factors that are ethically relevant and avoided preoccupation with matters that have little logical relevance to the writer's thesis?
- Is the writer's analysis comprehensive, objective, balanced, and thorough?
- Is the essay free of grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors?
Submission Instructions/Checklist for Students
- Ensure that you and your essay meet the eligibility and format requirements.
- Print, complete, and sign the student section of the SEEA Application Form [PDF].
- Print and submit your essay, along with your SEEA application form, to your program director/designee by Friday, April 11, 2014. (Essays/applications submitted directly to ASHA by students will not be accepted.)
- E-mail your essay as a Microsoft Word document attachment to your program director/designee by Friday, April 11, 2014.
Submission Instructions/Checklist for Program Directors/Designees
- Confirm that students submitting essays meet the eligibility requirements and that students have completed the student section of the application form.
- Review the essays submitted by eligible students and select up to five essays to be submitted to ASHA.
- Complete and sign the program director/designee section of the application form(s).
- Mail the completed and signed application form(s), attached to the print version of the essay(s), and postmarked by Friday, April 18, 2014, to:
Ethics Program Manager
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #309
Rockville, MD 20850
- E-mail the essay(s) as a Microsoft Word document attachment(s) to ASHA's ethics program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 18, 2014. Your message should include the name of your CSD program and the total number of essays being submitted.
- Student Deadline: April 11, 2014
- Program Director/Designee Deadline: April 18, 2014
For questions on the SEEA or the submission process: Karol Scher, ethics staff liaison, at email@example.com.