Forbes and Fifth

About Forbes & Fifth

Forbes & Fifth, a journal created by University of Pittsburgh undergraduates and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, unites works of research, creative writing, scholarly articles, and visual art under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration.

A group of undergraduates founded Forbes & Fifth in the spring of 2012. 

Read the current volume here.

Editors & Designers

Emma Porter, Editor-in-Chief
Biological Sciences and Psychology Majors

I am a fourth year student at the University of Pittsburgh as a biology and psychology double major. This is my second year working for Forbes and Fifth. I love science, animals, and half baked Ben and Jerry’s. I joined Forbes and Fifth because I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and writing. I think writing is therapeutic as well as a great outlet to express yourself and I want to help people do that. I was intrigued by Forbes and Fifth because of my love for writing, but inability to find room in my schedule to do it myself. I hope to help writers polish their pieces and introduce people who did not consider themselves writers to a new passion.

Sofia Gurgel, Editor
Neuroscience Major

I am a second-year student from Brazil majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry and Creative Writing. I am happy to use my passion for writing while contributing to the journal and meeting students from all over the world. I also love that Forbes & Fifth allows me to go beyond my field of study and helps me engage with my creative side. I hope to help other students share their ideas while learning with each and every one of them. Outside F&F, I love working on research and environmental activism.

Abigail Lucas, Editor
Prospective Film and Media Studies Major

I’m a third-year student at Pitt as a prospective Film and Media Studies major, pursuing a certificate in Public and Professional Writing. The diversity and passion in the pieces published at Forbes and Fifth really inspired me in this trying year to get involved, and I am so grateful to be able to use my enthusiasm for reading and writing to participate on this wonderful team of editors - I can’t wait to see what this year will bring! In my free time, you can find me reading, expanding my music taste, or rewatching my favorite TV shows.' I’ve also attached a picture for the website.

Alyssa Machi, Editor
Communication Rhetoric, Public and Professional Writing Majors

I am a third-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, double majoring in Communication Rhetoric and Public and Professional Writing, minoring in Theater. This is my first year working at Forbes and Fifth, but I have been reading Forbes & Fifth volumes since my first year at the University of Pittsburgh – seeing the diverse selection of work in each volume has always been so interesting and I’m excited to be involved with the journal in this capacity. I enjoy exploring the city of Pittsburgh, finding and trying new coffee shops in the neighborhoods, and staying involved on campus.

Amarachi Onwuka, Editor
Molecular Biology Major

I’m a fourth-year student from the Poconos region in Pennsylvania, majoring in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Studio Arts. I’m very excited to join the team at Forbes & Fifth because this journal gives individuals, including myself, the opportunity to explore their creative passions and abilities. It is incredibly special that students all over the world trust us with their personal experiences, unique ideas, and thoughts represented through academic and artistic work. I hope that as an editor at Forbes & Fifth, I will grow as an artist, and help other students gain confidence in how they share their creations with others.

Caroline Roberts, Editor
Nursing Major

I am a fourth-year nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh and this is my first year with Forbes & Fifth. Being in a science-oriented field, I wanted to join Forbes & Fifth to step outside of my comfort zone and engage more deeply with the creative sides of reading and writing, which I have always loved to do. I’m excited to work with different styles and modes of expression and to learn new perspectives.

Anna Sedlak, Editor
Psychology Major

I am a second-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. I joined Forbes and Fifth due to my interest in creative writing and hearing others’ unique stories. I believe that the interdisciplinary nature of Forbes and Fifth allows me to not only nurture my own writing abilities but expand my horizons of interest beyond my fields of study. When I’m not reading or writing, you can find me listening to music, doodling, or getting coffee somewhere in the city.