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 Zenobi, Editor-in-Chief
Mathematics and Film Majors

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt from Grove City, PA. Forbes & Fifth has become quite the inspiration for me because every issue we see students taking the care to write about things that always delightfully surprise us. I take pride in the fact that Forbes & Fifth 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.

Sarah Tomko, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Public and Professional Writing and English Fiction Writing Majors.

I am a second-year student at Pitt and a first-year editor at Forbes & Fifth. My most sincere passion is working to elevate the voices of young writers and artists, so being at a student-run publication that takes their young contributors so seriously is a match made in heaven. On my own time, I’m an avid reader, a half-decent embroiderer, and a playwright who has been lucky enough to see her work on both local and national stages.

Sydney Brooks, Graphic Designer                                                Political Science Major, Germand and GWS minors, Digital Media Certificate

I am a fourth-year student, and this is my first time working with Forbes & Fifth. As someone who is passionate about the role that visual thinking can play in enhancing a reader’s experience, I am excited to get to work with
editors and writers in order to add artistic depth to their vision. When I am not in class or studying, you can find me in the kitchen cooking or baking, listening to podcasts, or running.

Maria Heines, Graphic Designer
Anthropology and Neuroscience Majors, Chemistry Minor

Previously, most of my visual work has been casual and intermittent, so I am ecstatic over the opportunity to hone my skills and style while working for Forbes & Fifth. In other news, I have just been bitten by the travel bug after spending my last year living in Ireland, traveling in Europe, and even making it all the way out to Viet Nam! I am beyond grateful for these experiences, the lovely people I met, and the lessons learned. With this in mind, I hope to keep exploring by incorporating my visual and writing career interests with traveling after my spring graduation.

Hayden Stec, Editor
Computer Science Major

I am a second-year student at Pitt from Franklin Park, PA. As a first year editor at Forbes & Fifth, I am excited to see all the writings and art that my peers both at Pitt and other universities submit. The interdisciplinary nature of this journal is a constant reminder that our college years are for exploration, and I can't wait to engage all of the smart, creative, and skilled people who are my fellow editors and our amazing artists and writers.

Jordan Downie, Editor
Undecided Major

I am a second-year student from Youngstown, Ohio. While I am still working towards choosing a major, I have interests in political science and anthropology. In addition to my involvement with Forbes & Fifth, I am also a part of Theta Phi Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma, and Pitt’s Animal Lovers’ Club. As an editor of Forbes & Fifth, I hope to become engaged with topics and fields of study that I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered. Successful writing plays an important role in many different walks of life, and I hope that my editorial work will help me grow both as a reader and as a writer.

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

I am a fourth-year student and a returning editor at Forbes & Fifth. The editions I’ve been a part of have strengthened my editing skills and reinforced my believe that just about any topic can make for great art or writing. I have a special love for lyric essays, poetry, short fiction, and profiles. As a writer myself, studying others’ work is not only educational but also something I truly enjoy! I’m excited to see all the products that undergraduate students from around the world have to offer. My hope is that I not only increase my editing skills during my time at Forbes & Fifth but that readers witness a great diversity of thought come alive in the writings and artwork represented in the journal.

Anna Coleman, Editor 
Economic and Statistics Major

I am a second-year student from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Despite my majors, I’ve always enjoyed literature, and Forbes and Fifth represents a unique opportunity for me to combine my passions. In my free time, I like to read, write, and be outside. I look forward to being an editor this semester and all of the new knowledge that experience will bring.

Jessi Alperin, Editor
Environmental Policy and French Major

Jessi Alperin is a senior studying Environmental Policy and French. They have been with Forbes & Fifth since spring semester 2018 and are a part of the social media management team. Jessi is also involved with Pitt Green Fund, Hillel JUC, Global Wordsmiths, and Redeye Theatre Project. Their biggest passions in life are the arts, activism, and their cat Bolbi.

Jeffrey Onyeador, Editor
Pharmacy Major

Hello I am a third year student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy. This is my first year at Forbes and Fifth as an editor. I decided to join it because I was attracted to the interdisciplinary aspect of this journal club. It provides me an opportunity to learn new things outside the class that I would not normally encounter on my own. Additionally, I hope that functioning as an editor at this journal will improve my editing skills as well as alter how I interact with and enjoy different forms of art. I look forward to review your submissions.


Haley Sheehan, Editor
Psychology Major

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt from the Jersey Shore. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a career in research focusing on the external factors that contribute to substance abuse in emerging adults. Away from class, you can find me in the lab or at all of the museums Pittsburgh has to offer. I am excited to be working on a journal like Forbes & Fifth, one that truly emphasizes student leadership and synergetic creative vision. Forbes & Fifth gives students the opportunity to explore their own academic ambitions alongside their peers, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Maggie Crotty, Editor
Psychology Major

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt studying Psychology and Public/Professional Writing. Besides classes, most of my time is taken up as a coxswain for Pitt's Club Rowing team (the lil guy that sits up front and steers and yells). I also have a baking blog and I'm working on a recipe book to publish, stay tuned! This is my 2nd year with Forbes and Fifth as an editor and web manager, and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this truly unique publication.

Rishaan Sharma, Editor

I am a 4th year student studying Neuroscience and Sociology, originally from upstate New York. I was drawn to Forbes & Fifth due to its unique mission as a journal that exemplifies what  interdisciplinary collaboration can achieve. As someone interested in both the natural and social sciences, I have seen how important it is to maintain dialogue with those who study in a field very different from your own. I look forward to promoting the scholarly works of young academics to both the Pitt community and beyond.