Virginia Maurer Business Ethics Student of the Year Award

Virginia Maurer
Virginia Maurer

Established in 2016, the Virginia Maurer Business Ethics Student of the Year award provides an opportunity to honor students in the Warrington College of Business who have demonstrated a commitment to the role of ethics in business, as evidenced through academic excellence, leadership, personal integrity, and civic engagement.

Virginia Maurer is the founding director of the Poe Business Ethics Center and served as a Professor of Business Law and Legal Studies. With over 35 years of distinguished research and teaching at the University of Florida, Professor Maurer also served as a visiting faculty member at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world such as Cambridge University, the Helsinki School of Economics and Business, the University of Michigan, SDA Bocconi University, Vanderbilt University, and the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Professor Maurer is also the recipient of multiple awards and recognitions for her research and teaching excellence in the fields of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and corporate governance. The following are a few noteworthy examples.

  • Kay Duffy Award for Outstanding Service to the Academy (Academy of Legal Studies)
  • Ralph C. Hoeber Award for Excellence in Research (American Business Law Journal)
  • Holmes-Cardozo Award for Excellence in Research (Academy of Legal Studies)
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (Warrington College of Business Executive MBA Program)
  • University of Florida Blue Key Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Multiple “Best Paper of the Year” Awards from Top Academic Journals

In addition to these prestigious honors, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business established the Virginia Maurer Outstanding Ethics Paper Award in recognition of Professor Maurer’s significant contributions to the field.



Applications are accepted each year in February/March. The deadline for the application is March 30th. The student selected for this honor will be announced each April.

Before filling out the application, you will need to prepare the following documents. Each must be no larger than 1MB and can be .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, or .rtf file formats:

  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement (no more than two pages): Submit a personal statement on the ethics-related accomplishments and/or activities that merit consideration for this award. Examples include, but are not limited to, academic excellence, leadership and service to the Warrington and UF communities, summaries of personal/professional integrity, civic engagement, etc.
  3. Current Ethical/CSR Issue Relevant to Your Future Profession (no more than two pages): Offer your thoughts on a current ethical/CSR issue in your future profession. At the end of the two pages, include links to two or three articles that you reviewed in evaluating and responding to your topic.
  4. Other Supporting Documents: Examples include work done for an ethics case competition, an ethics-related program/initiative for which you had a lead or significant supporting role, an ethics or CSR-related essay you wrote for one of your classes, etc.).
  5. Letter(s) of Recommendation (not required; no more than two): Letters of recommendation should be from someone other than the Director of the Poe Business Center (Dr. Ray).