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.
Noa Benveniste is a first-year Economics Ph.D. student from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Brandeis University in 2021. Before coming to the University of Michigan, Noa worked as a research fellow at Blueprint Labs, an economic research lab at MIT. Noa’s research interests are in applied microeconomics, including education, labor, and public finance.