Select Page


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.

Now and always, the liberal arts and sciences are a beacon of knowledge, hope, and understanding.

Building community powers Henry Hung, C’21

For Henry Hung, C’21, learning isn’t enough—he wants to share ideas and get excited about them. That’s why he co-founded Penn Philosophy Society, co-chairs then Penn Manuscript Collective, and participates in Penn’s Philosophy for the Young Project. The political science and philosophy double major says that talking with a diverse group of classmates who share his passions is a powerful experience.

A passion for data powers Joelle Gross, C’21

Taking data analytics courses introduced Joelle Gross, C’21, to a passion she didn’t know she had. Her new interest led to a research fellowship and the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the NBC Decision Desk on election night, analyzing returns in real time. A public service fellowship was a perfect complement to research, allowing her to plan a summit on civic engagement and the election for young girls in the Philadelphia area.

Gifts to the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund have an incredible impact on the school and contributed to the success of the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences Campaign.

A life-long sense of curiosity powers Madeleine Joullie, Professor of Chemistry

In 1949, Madeleine Joullié was the only woman in Penn’s graduate chemistry program. Seventy-two years later, she’s recognized as a leader in the field of synthetic chemistry and is beloved and respected by generations of students. She’s still at Penn and still doing research because, she says, “I still find the same things interesting. When I get up, I want to go do chemistry.”

Celebrating poetry and prose powers Herman Beavers, Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt President’s Distinguished Professor of English and Africana Studies

Herman Beavers is a poet, scholar, teacher, and lover of music. All of these attributes are at play in his work—from critical studies of Toni Morrison to jazz-inspired poetry chapbooks to building courses that emphasize community. At the center of it all, he says, are students. According to him, “It’s critical that we help them navigate both the world they’re leaving here, and the one that they’re walking into—and that they always have a voice.”

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. 

Hands-on research powers Shaaref Shah, LPS’18

Shaaref Shah, LPS’18, initially wasn’t sure if he wanted to purse a career in research. The one-year master of behavioral and decision sciences provided him with the opportunity to find out. Classes that combined theory and practice, combined with a capstone project that allowed him to pursue his interest in the intersection of behavioral science and business studies gave him his answer: research was definitely for him. After working as a research associate, he recently accepted an offer to pursue a doctorate in business and management with a marketing and behavioral focus.

Bringing empathy to the business world powers Alicia Del Real, LPS’17

Alicia Del Real, LPS’17, enrolled in the master of organizational dynamics program because her favorite part of work was always helping people succeed. Now, that’s her whole career. As the president of a firm focused on leadership development, she says emotional intelligence and empathy are skills that deserve practice and attention. Whether she’s meeting with her clients over Zoom or for an outdoor meeting, she’s finding ways to stay connected and is grateful that every day, she gets to do what she loves.

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.

Support for the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund gives the School the flexibility to respond to emerging needs and continue the research and teaching that promotes the critical thinking so essential in times of uncertainty.