The Philosophy Department Student Fund was started by Rick Ehlers, philosophy ’94, who now works in the film industry in Los Angeles.
The fund’s purpose is to promote skills that will prove useful to majors interested in pursuing philosophy as a professional career. A top priority is to encourage research and the preparation of papers for presentation at conferences or for publication. The Philosophy Department manages the fund, and interested students may submit proposals/applications to the Department. Projects and activities suitable for proposals include: costs related to research and the preparation of papers (e.g., obtaining materials and copies); travel to present papers at conferences or meetings; organizing a lecture or conference for philosophy students (e.g., paying the costs related to bringing a speaker to campus); purchase of materials or equipment for the Department Conference Room library.
Written proposals may be submitted by any philosophy major(s) to the Department chair. If the proposal involves a project for which there may be alternative funding at the university (e.g., the President has some funding available for student participation at conferences), the Department will recommend that such funding be sought first. It is ultimately at the Department's discretion whether or not a proposal is funded.
Meghan Davis, Philosophy Major