The Louis E. Goodman, MD. Award was created at Johns Hopkins University to foster the sensitivity of prospective doctors to ideas and matters beyond the realm of medicine. Specifically, it was designed to encourage applicants to pursue their interests in the arts and letters for personal enrichment. This was and always will be the award’s primary objective, because Goodman believed such endeavors would help make more well-rounded and compassionate physicians.
Service to the community was not part of the original intent of the award and therefore is not a requirement for the application. If, on the other hand, service is fundamental to a candidate’s interest or is a consequence of a proposal, the committee will give such applications full consideration.
About Louis E. Goodman, MD
Although his original interests were psychiatry and internal medicine, Goodman began his career in the late 1930s as a surgeon. By the 1950s, he undertook training in oncology. For the remainder of his professional life, Goodman practiced general surgery with a subspecialty in oncology. As his expertise in oncology developed, Goodman found himself practicing as much medicine—chemotherapies—as surgery in those early days, all while concurrently running the tumor clinic at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Goodman was always keenly interested in the arts, especially music. Additionally, he sculpted, made jewelry, and weaved rugs as a means of relaxation and self expression. Goodman died of cancer in 1987.
- Fashion and Baltimore. The student received funding to create a magazine featuring interviews and photographs highlighting the fashion scene in Baltimore.
- Homelessness Thru a Lens. The student received funding to compile a photo journal of visits to a shelter in downtown Baltimore.
- Translation of Misery Not For This World, by Lin Zhiming, a former leprosy patient. The student received funding to have the book she translated to English edited and eventually printed.
- Buddhism in Baltimore. The student received funding to further immerse herself in the study of Buddhism by attending retreats and visiting temples, compile her findings in a magazine which compared the Zen Buddhism she witnessed in Japan to other forms of Buddhism.
- A Study of Hair. To “capture the life of many-faced hair,” the student received funding to take photographs and create six to eight pieces from them, using various media, including: pencil, oil paint, and pastels.
- Young Villians: An Indie Band in the Making. The student received funding to take bi-weekly piano lessons, write original songs with her band, create animated images of all band members, and record an album of the original work.
- Scheherazade and the Thousand and One Nights. The student received funding to create an artist book that included a compilation of calligraphy, drawn and hand-cut illustrations—and read backwards!
- Indian Cooking in the 21st Century. The student received funding to write and publish a cookbook that brings “Indian cooking into the 21st century.”
- Latino en Baltimore. This student received funding to travel around Baltimore City, exploring and documenting areas that have a rich Latino community. He created an online magazine.
Preparing Your Proposal
The purpose of the Goodman Award is to facilitate personal enrichment in a discipline (arts and humanities) that may not otherwise be addressed/pursued by the recipient.
- Current juniors are eligible to apply.
- Proposals do not have to contain a medical component, nor does having a medical component improve one’s chances of receiving an award.
- Proposals should effectively and concisely convey your project. The narrative summary of your project should not exceed one page.
- There is no preferred time period/duration of project. However, projects should not exceed one year in length.
- The proposed project should transpire/be executed while still at JHU and must be completed by the end of intersession, senior year.
- The award amount is undefined. However, in the past, awards have not exceeded $1000 per person, and are usually less than $1000 per project.
- Individual award amount(s) vary depending on the itemized request(s) outlined in the submitted proposal(s) and the number of viable applicants. It is crucial that you itemize and research your budget thoroughly.
- The project must be completed by January 1 of the following/your senior year.