Research Initiatives


The Moral Theory Project

The Moral Theory Project is our first research initiative, directed by Dr. Deborah Goldgaber, Philosophy Department. Moral theory encompasses a broad range of potential research, including metaethics, normative ethics, cognitive development, empathy, and applied ethics. Dr. Goldgaber is gathering a group of interested LSU faculty from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, political science, psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology. They will meet in the spring semester, 2019, to discuss potential research projects in moral theory at LSU, individual or collaborative.  If you are interested, please contact us at


Faculty Research Awards

Faculty Research Awards in the Moral Theory Project. Research awards are available on a competitive basis and may include a summer research grant or a reduced teaching buyout, assuming in the latter case, that the faculty member’s department and college are amenable. Applications will be evaluated by the Director and a subcommittee of the Advisory Board. Collaborative applications are encouraged. Please use the following on-line application for the Moral Theory Project Research Awards:


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Student Research Awards

Students engaged in research and/or creative arts may be eligible for a Student Research Award of $1000 in scholarship funds. The research must have an ethics focus and may include essays, digital games, creative writing, honors theses, artistic compositions, and video compositions. Nominations must be made by faculty directors of these projects. Please submit your nominee’s name and work done, along with an explanation of why it is deserving of an Ethics Institute Student Research Award to Awards will be selected by a committee of the Advisory Board and the Director.