Students at commencement

Brindle Award

The Dr. Jeffrey S. & Mrs. Sherri H. Brindle Award in Medical Ethics is awarded annually to M.Div. and M.A. seniors and any advanced graduate student (M.Th., D.Min., Ph.D.) at Luther Seminary. It is an academic essay award (amount determined annually) that is announced Sept. 15 of each new academic year. The deadline for submissions is March 1 and the award (if any*) is granted March 30.

Submission details

Luther Seminary students in good academic standing may submit an essay to the Chair of the History/Theology Division by March 1. Winning essays will typically be placed in the library’s Digital Commons, and considered for publication in Word & World.

Students submit one high-quality academic essay of 4,500 - 10,000 words on the topic of medical ethics to a panel of professors in the History-Theology division. The topic of medical ethics will be interpreted broadly, but medicine and/or medical practice must be addressed. The ideal essay will integrate issues in theology, medicine and ministry/practice. Students may wish to inquire about the topic and theme of their essay in advance if they have questions about fit.

Criteria of excellence:

  • Embodies excellence of writing and clarity of argument.
  • Demonstrates solid research into the topic.
  • Exemplifies quality academic style
  • Meaningfully engages medicine or medical practice, theology, and ethics.

* Award may or may not be awarded depending upon the quality of submissions. Award winners must be in good academic standing, and must be Luther Seminary students at the time of the award or during the previous academic year.