PIKSI-Rock 2023 will take place on the campus of Penn State University Park from June 4–11, 2023. The 2023 cohort will work with visiting scholars PJ DiPietro (Syracuse), Desiree Valentine (Princeton/Marquette), and Megan Burke (Sonoma State), and participate in the “Care Ethics Otherwise” conference sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute.
Each applicant should be prepared to submit the names of two recommenders, current transcripts, and a 10–12 page writing sample. In addition, you will be asked to draft two short essays (not exceeding 300 words) in response to the following prompts:
1. Identify a piece of philosophical writing that you read in a class or on your own that was especially meaningful to you, and explain why.
2. What would you hope to gain from, and to contribute to, this Institute, and how do you envision philosophy fitting into your life in the future?
PIKSI-Rock Graduate Assistantships
PIKSI-Rock 2023 will take place on the campus of Penn State University Park from June 4–11, 2023. PIKSI-Rock’s two-day graduate assistant (GA) orientation and graduate seminar will occur during the week before the institute itself. Three graduate students will assist the institute director. In addition, one graduate assistant will come from the Penn State Department of Philosophy. The home institution of each graduate assistant must fund their positions directly to the GA (approximately $2,500 total, including travel and housing for the two-day GA orientation and the ten-day undergraduate institute, and a recommended $1,500 stipend).
Applications will be screened according to the graduate student’s accomplishments as a researcher, a teacher, and a mentor; the relevance of their research to the topics of the institute; and the home institution’s willingness to fund the student. All offers of GA positions are contingent upon the successful completion of background checks that verify that the student has no criminal or other record that would preclude employment and that the student’s educational credentials are valid. Information about Penn State’s procedures for background checks for employment will be emailed to accepted GAs and must be completed, with all required approvals obtained, prior to arriving on campus. If you have questions about the application process, please contact us at email@example.com.