I. L. Sharfman's career at the University of Michigan began in 1912 following his education at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He retired in 1955 after 43 years of service. His recognitions of merit at Michigan were many- including Chairmanship of the Department of Economics for 25 years and appointments as Rackham Research Professor, Henry Carter Adams distinguished professor and Russel Lecturer. This Fellowship was established by friends and colleagues of I. Leo Sharfman Fellowship Fund as an endowment fund.
Catherine Cox is a first-year Economics Ph.D. student from Maryland. Prior to starting her Ph.D., Kate worked as a research assistant in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's New England Public Policy Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Mathematics from the Univeristy of Michigan in 2020. Kate is coming into the program with interests in several fields in applied microeconomics, including labor, health and public finance.