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The Arts & Sciences Annual Fund allows us to better support our students and faculty as they pursue what powers them, whether that’s searching the sky for knowledge of our universe, working with data to learn truths about everyday experiences, or combing through archives to rediscover knowledge once thought lost.

Advocating for healthcare access powers Hannah Erdogan, C’22.

Hannah Erdogan, C’22, is majoring in psychology and minoring in Middle Eastern studies because she wants to be a bilingual or multilingual healthcare provider, working with communities who face barriers to treatment and care. Thanks to her involvement with Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Refugee Health Program, she’s already making a powerful difference.

Daniel Mindiola, Brush Family Professor of Chemistry; Leo Sarbanes, C’20; Hannah Erdogan, C’22; and Emily Steiner, Professor of English, are all powered by different ideas and goals. 

What they have in common is the support of a liberal arts education and Penn Arts & Sciences, powered by the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund.

Gaining knowledge in the classroom and applying it in the workplace powers Tirth Manek, LPS’20.

Tirth Manek is a people person. That’s what drove his work in learning and talent development at Dun & Bradstreet India and it’s what motivated his enrollment in the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics program in the College of Liberal & Professional Studies. As a board member at Penn’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Tirth demonstrates his commitment to his fellow professional students while he gains the skills and experiences that will shape his career.


The Arts & Sciences Annual Fund is integral to the Campaign—it supports the students and faculty who create a dynamic, diverse environment where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking drive the creation of knowledge. With a gift to the Annual Fund, you can be a part of the Campaign and help to realize what it means to be a liberal arts institution for the 21st century.

Excavating voices from the past powers Emily Steiner, Professor of English.

When Emily Steiner teaches medieval literature, she shines light on what may be obscured by difficult language or unfamiliar customs. By showing students the humor and drama of The Canterbury Tales or Beowulf, she encourages them to be both lovers of the past and critical thinkers about the present.

Helping us hear music powers Leo Sarbanes, C’20.

Leo Sarbanes, C’20, is many things—an oboist in the Penn Symphony Orchestra, a lover of opera, a Music major, and a Biological Basis of Behavior minor. But above all else, he’s a passionate believer in making music education accessible. When people have access to music, he says, we all feel more human.

Finding greener uses for natural gases powers Daniel Mindiola, Brush Family Professor of Chemistry.

Daniel Mindiola’s lab is working toward the goal of zero emissions. Converting methane to more value-added or storable fuels, without combustion, would limit the dangerous greenhouse gases present in our atmosphere. Methane is energy-rich and incredibly abundant, and if Mindiola has his way, it will be sustainable, too.

The Warren Lichtenstein Arts & Sciences Annual Fund Challenge provides matching funds so that alumni can amplify the power of their Annual Fund gifts. Challenge donors are qualified for inclusion in the Benjamin Franklin Society, which honors Penn’s most generous supporters of unrestricted annual giving funds. 

Contact us

For more information, contact Robbie Brennan Hain, C’79, GEd’79, at or 215-746-8208.

If you prefer, you may send a check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Please note “Arts & Sciences Annual Fund” in the memo section and mail to Penn Arts & Sciences, Office of Advancement, 3600 Market Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3284.

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