Forbes and Fifth

About Forbes & Fifth

Forbes & Fifth, a journal produced by Dietrich School undergraduates and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, unites works of research, creative writing, and scholarly articles under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration.


Lucas Grasha, Editor-in-Chief
English Poetry Writing and German Majors, Public and Professional Writing Certificate

To know a family is to have its memory. The whole of human history affords great insight into who we are and how we can be. It is our task to reveal this knowledge. I love discovering what connects us, what allows each of us to learn from memory. Edward Hirsch, a favorite poet of mine, coins this memory his “family of poets.”

And there is a family of scientists as much as there is a family of poets. No discipline is without, and Forbes & Fifth exemplifies this fact. We strive to display this family through research and art.

Sarah Churchman, Editor
Computer & Information Science Cybersecurity/Business IT/User Design Major and English Creative Writing Minor

I like crafting, cacti, reading Hemingway, pretty patterns, and coding websites. Being on the Forbes & Fifth team reminds me to always be creative - I'm always learning new ways to think and write! The skills I've attained from being an editor have helped me in all aspects of my discipline, whether it's presenting research on honeypot networks or discovering a new form of poetry. Being a magazine that accepts all academic disciplines, Forbes and Fifth promotes diversity, uniqueness, and innovation in undergraduate work - definitely something I support!

Grace Cooper, Graphic Designer
Nonfiction Writing and Psychology Majors, Public and Professional Writing Certificate

I am a senior here at Pitt and I'm from Bucks County, PA.  I’ve really enjoyed my time with Forbes & Fifth and it has been a great way to work editors and writers from all academic backgrounds.  In addition, it has been a great experience to be able to practice and improve my own editing skills while helping writers get their research published.  As always, I’m looking forward to helping the writers reach their goals!


Caroline Harpel, Editor
Economics Major, Certificate in Global Health and Well-being

I am a junior interested in the intersection of society, health, and economics. In my spare time, you can find me at the gym, doing HIV research at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, studying Arabic, or drinking copious amounts of coffee. Being an editor for Forbes & Fifth allows me to pursue my passions for writing, proofreading and helping others, all while maintaining an interdisciplinary mindset.  

Renata Mitchell, Editor
History and Philosophy of Science Majors, Classics Minor, Children's Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Studies Certificates

Forbes & Fifth is a unique publication because it is an interdisciplinary journal that encourages writers from any major and school to submit their work. As an editor, it is rewarding to have the opportunity to explore other writers’ interests that I would not have otherwise experienced. Also, I think it is really interesting how Forbes & Fifth is a student-led journal because I feel that it fosters greater collaboration with peers and provides students a greater voice. I look forward to reading, reviewing, and editing the submissions!

Rihannon Richardson, Editor

I am a senior interested in pursuing a career in publishing after I graduate. I love reading and writing, but I also have a passion for sketching, sewing, photography, and weaving. After my first few workshop classes here at Pitt, I developed a deep passion for editing. I see it as an opportunity to help fellow writers bring their work to its full potential. An important lesson Forbes & Fifth taught me is that separate disciplines shouldn’t equal separate students. I love the collaborative nature of our journal, and I’m looking forward to seeing the diverse content we will bring together in the coming year. 

Karee-Anne Rogers, Editor
Africana Studies and English Writing Majors

I am a third-year student and this is my first time working with Forbes & Fifth. All forms of writing pique my interest but I have a special love for lyric essays and profiles. As a blooming writer myself, studying others’ work is not only a good habit to form but also something I really enjoy doing! I believe that any genre of writing is capable of producing greatness and I’m excited to see all the ideas that undergraduate students from around the world have to offer. My hope is that I not only increase my editing skills but also see the diversity of the world come alive in the writings represented in the journal.

Hemali Shah, Editor
Neuroscience and Sociology Majors, Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate

I am a senior here at Pitt, and I am planning to pursue a career in medicine. I work for Forbes & Fifth because it allows me to explore topics beyond my majors, as well as apply what I have learned in my disciplines to help our writers with their submissions. I currently research in the Lab of Neurocognitive Development with UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and I am studying dopamine pathway trajectories in adolescence. In my spare time, I like reading (which I get to do a lot of with F&F!), and dancing, which I do as a member of Pitt PantheRaas, a collegiate Indian dance team on campus. Because of my interest in both creative and methodical endeavors, I found the perfect middle ground to pursue both with this publication. Forbes & Fifth fosters an incredible amount of collaboration, innovation, and diversity because of the interdisciplinary focus, and I can’t wait to start reviewing submissions! 

Amanda Spencer, Editor
English Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Swedish Majors

This is my first year with Forbes & Fifth and my last as an undergraduate student, pursuing degrees in English Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Swedish.  For the past three years, I have defined my academic career through the pursuit of independent literary research, which has been integral to the development of my scholarly identity and voice. I see my editorship at Forbes & Fifth as a natural culmination of this experience; as an editor, I hope to work with undergraduate students around the globe who share my infatuation with research and to help them share their work with the world.  

Lucas Zenobi, Editor
Mathematics and Film Studies Majors

I am a junior at Pitt from Grove City, PA. I am excited to be working with Forbes & Fifth because it allows many voices from different disciplines and backgrounds to come together under the same platform. As both a Mathematics and Film Studies major, I see the benefits that can arise from joining two seemingly different disciplines and ways of thinking. Forbes & Fifth embraces this as one of its main goals, and I look forward to continuing that tradition. 

Danni Zhou,  Editor
Communication Major, Political Science and Chinese Minors

As an editor, I believe Forbes & Fifth differs from other campus publications. The journal encompasses works of multiple disciplines: varying from lyrical poems, to scientific research, to scenic photography. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school and later pursue a career within a news production company. I look forward to reviewing the submissions!