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Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grants

ADVANCE at the University of Michigan announces the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant to help meet career-relevant needs of individual faculty in science and engineering.

The Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grants fund a range of activities aimed at improving the environment for career satisfaction and success of a diverse faculty. In particular, ADVANCE seeks to identify needs outside of regularly funded channels that will have a high impact on the career success of individual faculty or diverse groups of faculty. Several grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

The ADVANCE Program reports each year on the Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant recipients and how the funds were utilized by awardees.

The 2022-23 Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant cycle is now closed. Next year’s grant cycle will open in September 2023.

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby with a microscope and by a chalkboard


World-renowned Neuroanatomist, Elizabeth Caroline Crosby (1888-1983), began her long and distinguished career at the University of Michigan in 1920. Starting as an Anatomy instructor, she rose through the ranks to become the first woman full professor of the medical school. A dedicated researcher and teacher, Dr. Crosby published extensively in comparative anatomy and received several prestigious awards. She was the first woman to be awarded the Henry Russel Lectureship at the University of Michigan (1946); she earned the Henry Gray Award in Neuroanatomy in 1972, and the National Medal of Science in 1979.

After her retirement in 1958, at age sixty-nine, Dr. Crosby served as a clinical consultant at both the University of Michigan and University of Alabama, where a former student held a faculty position. Although she never married, she adopted an 11-year-old girl in 1940 and another girl in 1944. She remained active in scientific work until the end of her life in 1983, at the age of ninety-four.

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant Recipients

2022-23 Crosby Recipients
Arash Adel Aline Cotel Anouck Girard Aubree Gordon Nakhiah Goulbourne
Arash Adel
College of Architecture
Aline Cotel
College of Engineering
Anouck Girard
College of Engineering
Aubree Gordon
School of Public Health
Nakhiah Goulbourne
College of Engineering
Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins
Annalise Rahman-Filipiak Corina Schindler Kendrin Sonneville Joanna Spencer-Segal
Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins
School of Kinesiology
Annalise Rahman-Filipiak
School of Medicine
Corinna Schindler
College of LSA
Kendrin Sonneville
School of Public Health
Joanna Spencer-Segal
School of Medicine
Serife Tol
Marjorie Weber Jun Wu    
Serife Tol
College of Engineering
Marjorie Weber
College of LSA
Jun Wu
School of Medicine
2021-22 Crosby Recipients

Crosby awardee photos

  • Laura Balzano (College of Engineering)
  • Ashley Bucsek (College of Engineering)
  • Jade Burns (School of Nursing)
  • Rhima Coleman (College of Engineering)
  • Anouck Girard (College of Engineering)
  • Jenan Kharbush (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Kelley Kidwell (School of Public Health)
  • Samuel Kwon (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Nancy Love (College of Engineering)
  • Jean Morrison (School of Public Health)
  • Massy Mutumba (School of Nursing)
  • Sarah Peitzmeier (School of Nursing)
  • Kerri Pratt (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Michaelanne Thomas (School of Information)
  • Justine Wu (Medical School)
2020-21 Crosby Recipients
  • Jacinta Beehner (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Tawanna Dillahunt (School of Information)
  • Annette Ostling (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Maria Papaleontiou (Medical School)
  • Sara Pasquali (Medical School)
  • Allison Steiner (College of Engineering)
2019-20 Crosby Recipients
  • Laura Balzano (College of Engineering)
  • Marin Clark (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Alison Davis Rabosky (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Anouck Girard (College of Engineering)
  • Yihe Huang (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Ines Ibanez (School for the Environment and Sustainability)
  • Naomi Levin (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Elisa Maria Maffioli (School of Public Health)
  • Okeoma Mmeje (Medical School)
  • Alison Mondul (School of Public Health)
  • Michelle Munro-Kramer (School of Nursing)
  • Jillian Pearring (Medical School)
  • Megan Pesch (Medical School)
  • Sheria Robinson-Lane (School of Nursing)
  • Qiong Yang (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
2018-19 Crosby Recipients
  • Ana Baylin (School of Public Health)
  • Jennifer Blesh (School for Environment and Sustainability)
  • Gyorgyi Csankovszki (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Shanna Daly (College of Engineering)
  • Hui Deng (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Aubree Gordon (School of Public Health)
  • Anna Mathew (Medical School)
  • Sierra Petersen (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Emily Provost (College of Engineering)
  • Elizabeth Roberts (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)
  • Patricia Wittkopp (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)

Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grant Spotlight

Green Life Sciences Symposium: Plant-environment interactions across scales (September, 2018)       

“The Crosby grant, along with supplemental funding, allowed us to expand the Green Life Sciences Symposium to a two-day event with 26 invited speakers, a poster session, and a career fair. This gave us the flexibility to invite established keynote speakers, ‘up and coming’ assistant and associate professors, and a number of women and/or minority scientists to share their research. We were likewise able to offset some of the travel costs for junior scientists (postdoctoral researchers and graduate students) to attend. Overall, the symposium was a great success, with excellent talks, lots of networking, and an incredibly fun and supportive vibe. The support from the Elizabeth Crosby award helped make this symposium a reality!”                                                                                                   
Regina Baucom, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Crosby Award recipient 2017-18

“Having the Crosby award meant that our research was not delayed when two people had to be out of the lab for an extended time. We were able to hire someone to help move their projects forward, and it benefited the careers of at least four people: both of the people who were out of the lab, the person we hired, and me.” 
Katherine Spindler, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School

Crosby Award recipient 2017-18

The Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Research Award supported novel investigation into the advancement and leadership opportunities for women surgeons. A qualitative study provided rich insights into barriers and facilitators experienced by women surgeons. We also learned about individual and institutional factors that affect advancement and leadership opportunities. The funding was essential to support collaboration with an executive coach to facilitate confidential research interviews, and to offset costs for a research assistant and administrative personnel.

Coming together around this research sparked stronger synergy among team members and mobilized development of the Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative (MWSC). In 2017, MWSC launched the inaugural Women in Surgery Leadership Development Conference. The high demand and incredibly positive feedback from participants encouraged us to make this an annual event.

Gurjit Sandhu, Michigan Women’s Surgical Collaborative

Crosby Award Recipient 2016-17

As of 2020, 209 Elizabeth Caroline Crosby Faculty Grants have been awarded.

27% of recipients have used a portion of their funding to assist with child or other dependent care needs.

Distribution of Crosby Award Recipients from 2003 to 2020, by College: LSA, 31%. Medical School, 30%. College of Engineering, 20%. School of Public Health, 9%. Other, 10%.

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