IEB National Competitions

The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM is a tiered competition.  During November and December of 2016, eleven regional ethics bowls took place at various locations throughout the United States. The top scoring thirty-six teams in the regional ethics bowls qualified to compete in National Competition at the 2017 APPE Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas

The Twenty-second Intercollegiate Ethics BowlsmCompetition will be held at the APPE 267th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 – 4, 2018.

Thirty-six teams will be selected from regional ethics bowls. To enter a team for the competitions or for more  information, please contact: Richard Greene, IEB Board Chair, Weber State University, PH (801)626-6694. Email

Twenty-first Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Championship

The Twentieth-first Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM Championship was held on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Westin Dallas Park Central Hotel in Dallas, Texas, as a part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 26th Annual Meeting. Colleges and universities across the United States and throughout the world who qualified in a regional bowl entered 36 teams of undergraduate students in the national competition.

Congratulations to The Twenty-first IEB Championship winner: United States Military Academy!

2017 Competition Photos

2017 Team Photos

The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM (IEB) competition combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. Recognized widely by educators, the IEB has received special commendation for excellence and innovation from the American Philosophical Association, and received the 2006 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center’s 2006 prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The format, rules, and procedures of the IEB all have been developed to model widely acknowledged best methods of reasoning in practical and professional ethics.

In the IEB, each team receives a set of cases which raise issues in practical and professional ethics in advance of the competition and prepare an analysis of each case. At the competition, a moderator poses questions, based on a case taken from that set, to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) A panel of judges may probe the teams for further justifications and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

To submit a payment for the APPE IEB Nationals, please complete the following instructions:

If you are paying by credit card, you may use our online payment portal.  Please, click the here to access our online payment portal.

The Individual Team National Payment Form can be found at the bottom of the Cases, Rules and Guidelines page.

If you prefer to pay by check, please fill out the Regional Team Form at the link above, print it and include it with your check.  Mail the form and check to the APPE Office: PO Box 37, Greencastle, IN 46135-0037.


For competitors who wish to also attend the Association’s Annual Conference, the Association will pay the Annual Conference registration fee for the first 70 actively competing Ethics Bowl team members who register for the Annual Meeting, provided that they register for the Annual Meeting before January 9, 2018.