Elena Crosley, Bowdoin College
A steady defender the Polar Bear field hockey team, Elena Crosley not only graduated with a national championship to her credit, but with the full Bowdoin experience and as one of the NESCAC’s two nominees for NCAA’s “Woman of the Year” Award.
A mathematics major and biology minor, Crosley was a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection a NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team member and was recognized as an Academic All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. On the field, she played in 59 career games, anchoring a tenacious Bowdoin defense that permitted less than a goal per game in her career and won the Division III national title in 2010 as well as back-to-back NESCAC crowns in 2010 and ’11.
Off the field, she was one of the most decorated students in Bowdoin’s mathematics department. She was recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar and Nation Merit Hispanic Scholar each year from 2009 through 2013, and was a Fulbright Canada STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) 2013 award recipient. Beginning in the spring of 2012, Crosley was chosen to work on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research modeling project on the gulf of Maine fisheries. During summer of the same year, she was chosen to participate in a research experience for undergraduates funded by the NSF at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) working on modeling disease transmission patterns. Crosley will purse a Ph.D. in mathematics at Tufts University.
On campus, Crosley was a Safe Space trained support provider, which is a campus organization that works to support survivors of those affected by sexual violence. Crosley also worked as a calculus tutor and was a member of the Outing Club, which paved the way for her to be a pre-orientation trained trip leader at Bowdoin. She assisted with numerous campus initiatives including Girls and Women in Sports Day and Aspirations in Maine High School Visit Day, an opportunity for local high school students to visit campus and learn more about college life. Additionally, Crosley has also assisted with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics swim meets, and blood drives. During the summer of 2011, Crosley spent 10 weeks in Granada, Nicaragua as a Global Citizens Grant Recipient (a Bowdoin McKeen Center for the Common Good Grant). She volunteered in a local elementary school assisting with math and English, and also in a local, non-profit veterinary clinic. While in Nicaragua, Crosley spent one week on a World Vets service trip assisting veterinarians and helping translate for them and the locals.
“Playing on a championship field hockey team, leading trips for Bowdoin's Outing Club, counseling survivors of sexual violence and volunteering in underprivileged areas of Central America, I've experienced the joy that comes from giving back,” says Crosley. “I'm grateful for the support and guidance I've had to follow my heart in finding my place in life. I'll never forget the work ethic and perseverance I was taught because they've brought me where I am today."