Tech Ethics Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO) 

Are you seeking an exciting on-campus experience to satisfy the Bridges Experiential Learning requirement? Want to gain practical experience with AI, ethics, and the future of technology? 

The Grefenstette Center is announcing a new, unique Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO) for the ‘23-‘24 academic year that focuses on the ethics of technology and, more specifically, the ethics of artificial intelligence. 

In this ELO, you will meet monthly with other students in the program, create a poster for the Fall symposium hosted by the Grefenstette Center, participate in the ethics hackathon in February, and have lots of opportunities for networking and engagement throughout the year!

Go here for further information and eligbility requirements! Application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2023.  

Tech Ethics Poster Contest

On November 10, Duquesne University will host a national conference that examines how the world has changed with generative AI like ChatGPT and how to ensure an ethical future. The conference will focus on real, practical steps from perspectives of policy, business, education, faith, and healthcare, featuring national speakers, student and faculty discussions, community conversations, and a wide variety of research and teaching best practices on display. 

All undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit posters on any aspect of technology ethics! All accepted posters will receive a $75 acceptance award, and the best poster in each category (undergrad and grad) will receive a $400 cash prize!  

Go here for further information and submission requirements! Submission deadline is Friday, October 20, 2023.

2023-24 Courses

Artificial Intelligence Ethics (GREF 210) What does it mean to think ethically about technology, and especially about AI? What is the relationship between humans and technology, and what should it be? This course, hosted by Duquesne’s Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law, will examine a wide variety of topics in artificial intelligence, including algorithmic bias, machine learning, and transhumanism. The course will empower students to thoroughly appraise the ethical concerns in science and technology through a Catholic lens. Offered Fall and Spring.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (GREF 230) How is AI transforming healthcare? What will AI mean for doctors, nurses, hospitals, and the healthcare industry in general?  What implications will this have for ethics, policy, and management decisions? This course explores the impact of AI in healthcare by examining current and future transformations of healthcare through emerging AI technologies. Aimed at assisting students looking to enter the healthcare industry, the course will examine the employment of AI in making medical decisions, the ethical implications of current and future AI usage, the proper management of AI in healthcare organizations, the effects of AI in the delivery of healthcare services, and the future of AI adoption in the healthcare industry. Offered in Spring.


Each Spring, undergraduate and graduate students across Pittsburgh are invited to compete as individuals or teams in a tech and policy hackathon co-hosted by organizations from Duquesne, Pitt, and CMU. In this hybrid weeklong event, teams compete and present their ideas. Cash prizes are given to the best entries! Registration begins in December! 


Student Fellowship Program

Interested in the ethics and responsible use of technology? Want to gain real-world experience outside of a classroom setting? Each academic year, the Grefenstette Center awards a $2,500 tuition scholarship to four students, who are each paired with a research advisor to work on real-life ethical case studies, publish material, and participate in monthly seminars.  Applications for the 2023-24 year have closed. Applications for the 24-25 year will open in Spring 2024.