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Baruch College Presents
Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics

NEW YORK, NY-March 26, 2015 - Each year, Baruch College students and members of the faculty have the opportunity to submit their work for the Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics.

The Abraham J. Briloff Prizes in Ethics are intended to stimulate scholarship in the field of ethics, with an emphasis on ethics in professional life. The prizes are funded by a gift from alumnus Charles R. Dreifus, in honor of Abraham J. Briloff, Emmanuel Saxe Distinguished Professor of Accountancy Emeritus. The prizes are awarded annually to a faculty member who has written an important topical article, essay or book on ethics and to a student or students who have written an outstanding research paper or essay, also as it relates to current events.

Ethics in professional life is used in the broadest sense. Relevant topics include but are not limited to: ethical decision making for managers and professionals related to business enterprises, the ethical and social implications of investment policies, ethics in public policy, ethics in law and medicine, ethics in the academic world, the ethics of business and government relations, and corporate accountability.

This year's Briloff Prize Committee that includes Professor Christopher Hallowell, Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions; Professor Paula Walter, Department of Law; and Professor Daniel Williams, School of Public Affairs, selected this year's winners:


Faculty Prize of $1,500

Professor Raquel Benbunan-Fich, S/CIS Department, Zicklin School of Business, for “The Ethics of Online Experimentation with Unsuspecting Users.” The committee wrote that “the author identifies an important emergent issue in the internet environment - non-disclosed research to subjects - and further evaluates the complexities of the doctrine of informed consent and the protection of human subjects.”

Graduate Student Prize of $500

Celia Kerr, MBA, Information Systems, for “Expanding Textile Recycling: An Easy and Attractive Response to Fast Fashion,” about which the committee wrote:  “In pointing out the embarrassing waste of a resource "fast fashion" the author argues that increased recycling of discarded textiles and used clothing will encourage sustainability.”

Undergraduate Student Prize of $500

Hanna Utkin, Sophomore Marketing Major, for “Soup Kitchens are Unethical.” The committee described this essay as: “a creative approach to a growing social problem, in which the author proposes a method that permits the homeless to experience greater control over their daily lives.”


This year’s prizes will be awarded at a brief ceremony on Friday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Reading Room on the second floor of The William and Anita Newman Library. Charles Dreifus and members of the Briloff family are expected to attend. A small exhibit showing the Accounting Hall of Fame honor presented posthumously to Professor Briloff in 2014, and examples of his writings, speeches, and Congressional testimonies relating to ethical issues, as well as his involvement in past Ethics Weeks at Baruch, will be on display in the library’s reading room. For additional information about the Briloff Prizes and the winning essays from this year and several previous years visit the website.




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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