OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Matchette Award for the Best Undergraduate Essay

The Matchette Award for the Best Undergraduate Essay recognizes the best paper submitted in a philosophy class by any undergraduate student. The winner receives $100 from the Matchette Foundation and a framed certificate.

2012 - 2013

  • Trenton Ogden

2011 - 2012

  • Ayla Rogers

2010 - 2011

  • Ayla Rogers

2009 - 2010

  • Ayla Rogers

2007 - 2008

  • Galen Barry

2006-2007

  • Galen Barry - "Gadamer on Meaning & Relativism."

2004-2005

  • Jonathan Bowen - "The Moral Character of Human Nature in Confucian Thought."

2003-2004

  • Jason Jordan - "Objects of Thought and the Objects of Perception: A Thematic Analysis of Frege and Merleau-Ponty"

2002-2003

  • Eric Grey -"Nietzsche and Egalitarianism"

2001-2002

  • Kyla Frick - "Should Hospice Support Physician-Assisted Suicide"

2000-2001

  • Mark Gardner - "Language and Reality"

1999-2000

  • Kim Daley - "The Origins and Implications of Patriarchy in the Christian Tradition"
  • John Tanner Wilson - "A Moral Defense of the Creation and Use of Transgenic Animals"

1998-1999

  • Alec Maki - "Gyges: A Lost Dialogue"

1997-1998

  • Lisa Blasch - "Marcuse's Modern Marxism: Utopia for the Twentieth Century"

1996-1997

  • David Anderson - "Herschel's Radical Amazement"

1995-1996

  • Christian Kaltwasser - "In Defense of Decartes' Malin Genie Hypothesis"
  • Susan Prock -Outstanding Student

1994-1995

  • Troy Witherrite-  "Kant's Theory of Freedom: Beck's and Meerbote's Revisionary Interpretations"
  • Susan Prock -Outstanding Student
  • Richard Mallery- Outstanding Student

1993-1994

  • Carol J. Hansen - "Maya in Advaita Vendanta"
  • Carol J. Hansen -Outstanding Student
  • Joseph W. McCormick- Outstanding Student

1992-1993

  • Adam Lund - "On Locke's Theory of Personal Identity"
  • Micky Jo Shields -Outstanding Student

1991-1992

  • Greg Hull - "The Necessity of Inherent Value in the Establishment of a Holistic Land Ethic"
  • Robert Cook -Outstanding Student

1990-1991

No paper award this year.

  • Debra Vogt -Outstanding Student
  • Cheri Vail -Outstanding Student

1989-1990

  • James Ciarainitara - "The Many Faces of Socrates"
  • James Weider -Outstanding Student

1988-1989

  • John Christian - "Hume's Mathematics"
  • Brent Siela - "Leopold's Land Ethic, Holism & Intrinsic Value"
  • Tina Chartraw -Outstanding Student

1987-1988

  • David Christenson - Title of essay unavailable now.
  • Barbara Burk - Title of essay unavailable now.
  • Keith Becker -Outstanding Student

1986-1987

  • Barbara Burk - Title of essay unavailable now.

1985-1986

  • Greg Johnson - "Teleology and Value in the Metaethics of Aristotle and Ayn Rand"
  • Garr Reynolds -Outstanding student

1984-1985

  • Greg Johnson - "An Argument for Active Euthanasia: The Quest for Self-Determination"
  • Marilyn Newcom -Outstanding student

1983-1984

  • David Pierce - "Hume's Conception of Personal Identity (Or an Enquiry Concerning Understanding Hume)"
  • William Pierce -Outstanding student

1982-1983

  • Fred Child - Title of essay not available now.
  • Dann Barnard -Outstanding student

1981-1982

  • Arthur Dingle - "Ataraxia for Everyone: The Ethics of Epicurus"
  • Michael Huff -Outstanding student

1980-1981

  • Scott Stevenson - "Rights in the Marketplace"
  • Mark Olson - "The Perfect Society Would Not Include Man or Man Is the Perfect Society"

1979-1980

  • Cheryl Adams - "A Need for Reflection"
  • David Weber - "Form and Sense in Wittgenstein's Tractatus"

1978-1979

  • Michael Hurley  - "David Hume Him'Self'"

1977-1978

  • Jeff Smith - "A Short Critique of the Frankfurt School"
  • John Quiring - "An Argument for God"