Claire Garber Goodman Fund

The Fund enables students and faculty to gain insight into the ideas, philosophies, and worldviews of other cultures, understand the adaptations of specific communities and populations to their natural and cultural environments, and discover within our species' biological and cultural variety universal dimensions and themes of human existence and evolution.

Every year, a cohort of anthropology majors participate in our Honors Program. This involves completing independent research and writing an honors thesis rooted in one of anthropology's subfields, under the guidance of a faculty advisor or advisors. The independent research that leads to an honors thesis can be supported by the department's Claire Garber Goodman Fund.

In addition to Honors, students of anthropology at Dartmouth can also complete an independent research project, eligible for funding through the Goodman Fund, that leads to a Capstone Project

Funding Overview

Research funding: Faculty and department Postdoctoral Fellows may apply for $10,000 to support research projects, annually, based on availability of funds. Undergraduate students may apply for up to $5,000 during the course of their studies, and this funding may be used for more than one project. Graduate students may apply for up to $10,000 during the course of their graduate studies, and this funding may be used for more than one project. All research proposals should be submitted using the relevant online forms. Additional requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Conference Travel Funding: In addition to research support, funding is available to support sharing of research results at relevant professional meetings (paper presentations, panel discussions, posters) as well as to offset attendance at academic conferences. Faculty and postdoctoral fellows may receive $1,800 for domestic conference travel or $2,500 for international travel. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for $500 to support conference travel. To apply for conference travel, please complete the online form here Undergraduate and graduate students must forward an email of support from their primary advisor to the anthropology department administrator.

Research Experience Support: Undergraduate and graduate students may also apply for up to $2,500 to support the cost of experiential learning opportunities, such as a field school, methods training, or specialized language coursework or training. To apply for Research Experience Support, please forward your request in an email, along with the program's application materials and a support email from your primary advisor to the department administrator.

About Claire Garber Goodman

Claire Garber Goodman was born in Longview, Texas on January 17, 1933. As a child, her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee which was her home until she married Lawrence B. Goodman D'47 in 1957. Mrs. Goodman graduated from the Ten Acre and Dana Hall Schools in Wellesley, Massachusetts and graduated from Connecticut College in 1954.

Mr. and Mrs. Goodman made their home in Rye, New York and were residents of that community at the time of Mrs. Goodman's death in April 1979. Mrs. Goodman is survived by her three children, Laura R., Hampshire College; Frank G, Dartmouth '82; and Emily J., Dartmouth '84.

Claire Goodman received her Master's Degree in Anthropology from New York University in 1978. Her Master's thesis on copper artifacts in the native-American Mississippian period was published in 1983 by the Center for American Archeology with the title "Copper Artifacts in Late Eastern Woodlands Prehistory", edited by Anne-Marie Cantwell. The book is still in print.

During her lifetime, Claire Garber Goodman expressed a wish to make a gift to Dartmouth College which would encourage and assist anthropological research by both students and faculty. Lawrence Goodman '47, her husband, has honored her wish and Dartmouth College by creating the fund which bears her name. Through this fund and the research it supports, we seek to further Claire Goodman's hope that knowledge from cross-cultural inquiry might provide new bases for enhancing prospects for universal human coexistence.

Goodman Symposium 2023

May 19, 2023: Presentation of senior honors theses, senior capstone projects, and independent research projects supported by the Claire Garber Goodman Fund for Anthropological Study.

SUZANNA GEISEL-ZAMORA Thesis - Tackling TikTok: Motivations, Connection, and Physiological Stress among young adult TikTok users in Aotearoa New Zealand (ADVISOR: Zaneta Thayer)

JANE MURRY BRYAN Goodman Research Grant - Imagining the Future: Identity Negotiation among Christian Women at Elite Universities (ADVISOR: Sienna Craig)

ISABELLE VRATIMOS Independent Research - Student Perceptions of Gender-Based Violence at Dartmouth Following the Covid-19 Pandemic (ADVISOR: Zaneta Thayer)

JOHN HIGH Thesis - Archaeological Investigations using U2 Spy Plane Imagery in the Middle East (ADVISOR: Jesse Casana)

ANNE JOHNAKIN Thesis - Starch and Phytolith Analysis of Drinking and Cooking Wares From Early Bronze Age IV Tell Qarqur, Syria (ADVISORS: Jesse Casana, JiaJing Wang)

MIA RUSSO Goodman Research Grant - The Gendered History of Psychiatric Institutionalization in the U.S. (ADVISORS: Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Sabrina Billings)

DAVID GOODMAN Independent Research - A Wall or a Road? A Remote Sensing-based Investigation of Fortifications on Rome's Eastern Frontier (ADVISOR: Jesse Casana)

ELLEN KOZELKA Faculty Goodman Research Grant - For One and For All: Engaging with Communities and Cultural Context for Digital Mental Health Equity

CATHERINE MILLER Goodman Research Grant - Kromdraai: A fossil hominin-bearing cave site in South Africa (ADVISOR: Jeremy DeSilva)

Goodman Symposium 2021

May, 2021 presentations of senior honors theses, senior capstone projects, and independent research projects supported by the Claire Garber Goodman Fund for the Anthropological Study of Human Culture.