Alumni Archive

  • As we travel about an environment like a city, we instinctively learn how to get from one location to another and form a “mental map” of our surroundings. How do we do it? And why are some people great navigators while others are frequently disoriented?

  • Their story reads like a film treatment: Three college students—all politics junkies—meet through their involvement in campus politics and hit it off.

  • When graduation time rolled around, Josephine Shin, C’01, started getting a lot of advice—not all of it good. “Everyone told me how women’s studies majors don’t generally put in for finance jobs,” says Shin. “But instead of limiting my options, it’s what made me stand out.”

  • The institute will bring together world-class researchers to solve scientific and technological problems related to alternative sources of energy and energy use and storage.

  • A mutual friend brought Monique Péan and Stephen Glass, both C’03, together senior year. Thirteen years later, the two are partners in marriage and business. After a post-Penn stint at Goldman Sachs, Péan started an eponymous fine jewelry company in Manhattan; Glass, leaving behind a career in real estate private equity, joined her a few years later. Launched in 2006, MONIQUE PÉAN now employs 17 people.

  • Bill Shore, C’77, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength, and Laura Sorice, C’16.

  • Jean Lee, C ’09, arrived at Penn wanting to be a lawyer and left a burgeoning filmmaker. The moviemaking bug bit senior year, when, for her thesis project, she created an award-winning documentary—We Do Not Exist—about Philadelphia’s sex-trafficking industry. After Penn, she earned an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia, and she has had projects at Sundance, Film Independent, and the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women.

  • Kimberly “Max” Brown, GR’04, has never been afraid to try something new. She was the first person in her family to go to college. Later, she became the second African American in the country to earn a doctorate in Mediterranean archaeology. Then, setting her sights on public service, she started a career as an administrator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.

  • Three 2014 College grads are finishing their movie with money they raised on Kickstarter.


  • Mexican Senate President Ernesto Cordero, G’98, GR’04, visited Penn this spring to speak on the state of the Mexican economy.

  • The worldwide hub of advanced Judaic studies looks back—and forward.

  • Students organize the biggest-ever Winter Reading Project.


  • Heller supports Precious on the red carpet at the 2010 Oscars. Photo courtesy of Tom Heller.

  • Alison Byerly, G’84, GR’89, former Middlebury College Provost and current visiting scholar in literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named the first female president of Lafayette College. We sat down with Byerly to discuss her experience at Penn, her work at Middlebury, and her big transition. Just how does a new college president balance scholarly interests with the demands unique to the job?

  • Erin Healy, C’00, is on a mission to improve access to healthy food for youth of all incomes. Her Miami-based organization, Youth L.E.A.D. (Leading Environmental Advocacy through Democracy), is dedicated to promoting local food resources, educating young people on nutrition, and training student apprentices to spread the word that everyone deserves a healthy start.

  • Recent College graduate Avanthi Raghavan investigates the gene that may play a role in cardiovascular disease.

  • Recent College graduate Sam Adelsberg helps micro-entrepreneurs in the West Bank.

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