Research Fund

Anthropology Department Emeritus Professors

The Department of Anthropology honors the legacy of its distinguished Emeritus Professors, D. Douglas CaulkinsRon Kurtz, and Ralph Luebben through the Anthropology Emeritus Professors' Student Research Fund. These competitive funds are intended to expand current student research opportunities when normal College funds are not available. The funds may be used for research or expenses related to travel to disseminate results of research (such as conference attendance). Applications will be reviewed by the department three times a year. Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of each semester for travel and research incurred during the academic year and one for summer research or travel.

Eligibility and Application Process

All returning anthropology majors are eligible to apply for funds, pending availability. Students should consult with a member of the department before submission of their proposal regarding the nature of the project and requests for funds. After this consultation, applicants should submit a one page description of their project as well as a detailed budget to Sondi Burnell [burnell]. When applicable, copies of receipts and/or letter of acceptance to a conference should be submitted to receive funds.

Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed by the department three times a year. A sum of up to $1000 dollars will be available for summer research or travel. Awards up to $500 dollars will be disbursed at the beginning of each semester for travel and research incurred that semester.

  • Summer Research Funds: 2nd Friday of May
  • Fall Funds: 2nd Friday in September
  • Spring Funds: 2nd Friday in February

Details on this award, and other awards in the department, can be found on the page "Anthropology Annual Awards."

 

 


Ronald J. Kurtz

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Ron Kurtz, an ethnographer and linguist, became the first full-time anthropologist on the Grinnell faculty and first chair of the department when it became an independent department in 1967-8. With a B.A. in philosophy from Carleton College (1947) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from University of New Mexico (1963), Kurtz taught at Chico State College from 1958-61 before coming to Grinnell. His dissertation research was with the Canyoncito Navajo. Later he conducted field work in Liberia, funded by a Fulbright-Hays award.

Kurtz became a full professor in 1970 and published a book on his ethnographic studies in Liberia as well as articles in journals that included Ethnohistory and Current Anthropology. At Grinnell, Kurtz taught a variety of courses. During his tenure anthropology became a very popular choice for students and attracted many excellent students, including more than a dozen who later earned Ph.D.s in anthropology. Kurtz move to Senior Faculty status in 1989 and later became an Emeritus Professor.

The Kurtz Reading Room honors Ron Kurtz for his many contributions to the discipline of anthropology, the department, the college, and most importantly, to his students, whose donations made this room possible.

Honor Ron with a gift in support of the Emeritus Professors' Student Research Fund.

D. Douglas Caulkins

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

In 2011, D. Douglas Caulkins became an emeritus professor of the College. In recognition of Doug’s extensive teaching and service to the department as well as his unending support of students, the department of Anthropology has established “The Emeritus Professors’ Student Research Fund”. These competitive funds are intended to expand current student research opportunities when normal college funds are not available. The funds may be used for research or expenses related to travel to disseminate results of research (such as conference attendance).Applications will be reviewed by the department three times a year. Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of each semester for travel and research incurred during the academic year and one for summer research or travel.

Honor Doug with a gift in support of the Emeritus Professors' Student Research Fund.

Ralph A. Luebben

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

Ralph A. Luebben spent most of his academic career at Grinnell, where he was the college's first full-time anthropologist and the first chair of the independent Department of Anthropology. Starting in 1957, Luebben enthralled students for nearly four decades, teaching about the societies and cultures of peoples around the world, from the former Soviet Union to the communities of Latin America and the American Southwest. Students recall that he brought his field and research experience into the classroom, and he was a meticulous and careful teacher. According to his faculty colleague and former student Jon Andelson '70, Luebben inspired many Grinnell students to pursue graduate studies in anthropology. Luebben was famous for riding his bicycle around Grinnell with wife Janell every day (when weather permitted) up until the age of 85. That year, they logged more than 3,000 miles on their bicycles.

Luebben's archaeological and ethnological interests were primarily in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. He established a summer archaeological field school for Grinnell, and for many summers in the 1960s and 1970s he led archaeological field sessions, once to Chihuahua, Mexico, and most often to southwest Colorado.

The Department of Anthropology recognized Luebben's many contributions to the college, the department, and the discipline of anthropology by creating an award in his honor. The Luebben Prize is given annually to the graduating senior anthropology major who best exemplifies the breadth of anthropology and service to the department.

Honor Ralph with a gift in support of the Emeritus Professors' Student Research Fund.