Office of the President

2020-21 President's Scholars

Gracelyn Michele Goodman

Gracelyn Michele Goodman

Annette F. and Morton J. Blumner President’s Scholar

Major: Anthropology

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

University Programs: President of both Anthropological Society and Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honors Society 

Gracelyn Michele Goodman’s interests in languages, research, and artifacts led her to major in anthropology with an emphasis in archeology. Dr. Mark Allen’s archeology lab inspired her passion for research and motivated her to participate in field research in Greece, a country’s ancient language that she is also studying (Attic Greece) in addition to Latin, German and French. Her favorite aspect of archeology are the artifacts, saying that they are “physical snapshots of time when put together can be inspected, documented, and interpreted by an archaeologist who puts them back into context. I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Archaeology and continue work to create hypotheses about the past.” Her career-related activities extend into the local community, where she is serving on the board of directors of the San Dimas Historical Society. Her motivation to pursue graduate studies is influenced by the support of her family and particularly her mom, who are committed to seeing her dreams come true. She is also grateful for Dr. Allen’s mentorship and the guidance from Dr. Dorothy Wills and Dr. Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers, who all encourage her to become a college professor and researcher.