Student Research Receives Recognition

by Public Relations

In addition to producing graduates with real-world experience, Cedarville also provides students with a rigorous education that turns them into thinkers and allows them to create well-respected scholarly research.

Ethan Rector, a December 2010 graduate, recently presented a paper at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), a professional and academic society of biblical scholars, teachers, pastors and students.  Rector’s paper, titled “Finding a Way Between: Colin Gunton, Richard Middleton, and John Webster,” won the ETS undergraduate paper competition.

Katy Hawkins, a senior philosophy major, presented a paper at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS), an organization of professional scholars devoted to pursuing philosophical excellence in both the church and the academy. Hawkins’ paper, titled “Evolutionary Justification for Belief in Moral Realism,” won the EPS undergraduate paper competition.

“Hawkins was the clear, unanimous committee choice on the EPS side,” says Tim Erdel, chair of the EPS Midwest Region Student Paper Contest Committee. “Other Cedarville students also showed excellent promise in philosophy. That Cedarville has several students of such caliber speaks volumes of the program and the philosophers who teach in it. No other school had remotely that kind of representation. For the second straight year, the best undergraduate paper was better than the graduate award winner.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at