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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.

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

Mapping the Stars powers Marvin Morgan, C’21

Marvin Morgan became interested in astrophysics as a child after visiting the Kennedy Space Station, where his uncle worked as a NASA engineer. Now, he’s pursuing his dream by majoring in physics and astronomy and working in a lab, importing and analyzing data from the Gaia mission to understand how much dark matter is distributed in the Milky Way. The beauty of astrophysics, he says, is that the size of the universe means there is always something new to discover.

Understanding the science behind cooperation powers Coren Apicella, Associate Professor of Psychology

Cooperation is a powerful tool, and Coren Apicella’s quest to understand it takes her from labs in Philadelphia to villages in Tanzania. By studying people from a range of backgrounds and lifestyles, Professor Apicella investigates the origins and causes of human behavior. Are we driven by our biology, or shaped by our society?


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.

Studying the people behind the politics powers Michael Hanchard, Chair and Gustave C. Kuemmerle Professor of Africana Studies

Michael Hanchard’s research on democracy spans the globe. In societies from Ancient Greece to the present-day U.S., he finds something in common: citizenship and inclusion has always been dependent on factors like race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. His career-long study of comparative politics and political theory shows us that inequality and democracy have always been linked.

Working for environmental justice powers Emma Glasser, C’22, ENG’22

Emma Glasser is a scientist who recognizes that climate change is a crisis that can not be solved by science alone. Wildfires, rising waters, and unpredictable weather patterns are just a few of the real world consequences that communities are now facing, and marginalized communities around the world will continue to bear the brunt of these disasters. When all science and policy equitably consider all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, it can create a powerful change.

Making a difference for the environment powers Tom UyBarreta, C’01, LPS’04

Tom UyBarreta came to Penn as a first-year-student with an interest in the environment and left with a bachelor’s, master’s and an eye on a career with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). His Master of Environmental Studies (MES) gave him the background in science and policy that prepared him to get to work protecting our lands and waters. “The MES program helped me get my career going,” he says. “I do work for a good cause every day with the EPA.”

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. 

International Policy and Problem-Solving Power Francesca Papa, LPS’18

Francesca Papa knew her graduate education needed to be interdisciplinary, flexible, and dynamic. That’s why she chose the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences (MBDS) program. The classes she took as part of the program started her on the path toward award-winning presentations at international conferences and career that allows her to apply her analytic skills to solve international challenges. Now a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, she says, “In the MBDS program, we not only learned to apply quantitative tools, but also to question them philosophically—to think creatively about problems. This was one of the greatest lessons.”

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.

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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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.