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 third 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.

Emma Bender, Editor
English Literature, Public and Professional Writing, and ASL Majors

I am a third-year student at the Pitt, studying English Literature, Public & Professional Writing, and American Sign Language. This is my first year with Forbes & Fifth, and I am particularly drawn to the interdisciplinary aspect of the work, as well as the creativity and expression used throughout. As an editor, I am excited to be involved in helping more people experience the wide range of perspectives and topics that the journal and its writers have to offer. I hope that working closely with the journal will help me to develop my interest in interdisciplinary studies in my own work. Outside of the journal, I enjoy spending time with my siblings and learning to crochet.

Aditi Choudhary, Editor
Neuroscience Major

Hello! I am a second-year student at Pitt from New Jersey majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry with a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. As a STEM major, a lot of the literature I interact with is scientific, but the interdisciplinary nature of Forbes & Fifth allows me to find a balance between the sciences and humanities. I’m excited to work with individuals, many of whom are fellow undergraduates, to publish their work to express their backgrounds, experiences, and ideas! In my free time, you can find me building scale model houses, painting portraits, or eating at my favorite Thai restaurant (Kiin Lao in Squirrel Hill!).

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 Forbes & Fifth, I love working on research and environmental activism.

Kendal Johnson, Editor
English Writing (non fiction) and History Majors

I am a third-year student at Pitt majoring in English Writing (nonfiction focus) and History, as well as minoring in Spanish. The values of Forbes and Fifth are what really drew me to become involved, especially their values of diversity and inclusion. Outside of Forbes and Fifth, I am the PR officer of Quo Vadis- the club for nationality room tour guides!

Lauren Kotulka, Editor
Spanish Major

I am a second year student at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Spanish and minoring in chemistry. This is my first year working for Forbes & Fifth. Outside of Forbes & Fifth, you can find me binging YouTube somewhere in the William Pitt Union or studying in Posvar. I joined Forbes & Fifth because I believe it gives everyone a chance to deepen their academic, creative, and artistic abilities. If you’re thinking about getting involved in Forbes & Fifth, I hope it serves as an outlet that you never knew you needed.

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.

Alyssa Machi, Editor
Communication Rhetoric, and 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 second 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 second 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.

Cassady Tercek, Editor
Economics Major

I am a third-year student at Pitt majoring in Economics and pursuing a Public and Professional Writing certificate. I am excited to be a part of Forbes and Fifth for the first time this year! Engaging with past volumes inspired me to join the creative team that produces such a unique end result. As an editor, I hope to develop my passion for writing by helping others discover and develop theirs. Outside of the journal, I am a member of Pitt Ballet Club and CrossFit Athletics.

Saskia Van't Hof, Designer
Digital Narrative & Interactive Design and International Studies Majors

I am a second-year student double majoring in Digital Narrative & Interactive Design and International Studies, as well as pursuing a minor in Spanish. After reading editions of the Forbes & Fifth last year, I was especially inspired by how interdisciplinary and diverse the submissions were. I knew immediately that I wanted to become involved, so I am very excited to begin this year as the Design Editor. Outside of Forbes & Fifth, I love reading, cooking, and biking around the city.



Dani Wormack, Editor
Accounting and English Writing (fiction) Majors

I am a third-year student at Pitt double majoring in Accounting and English Writing on the Fiction track. This is my first year at Forbes & Fifth. I want to help passionate creators spread their work. I also want to amplify the voices telling stories too often unheard or neglected. Forbes & Fifth allows me to do both of these things under its unique scope, including written and visual works, and wonderful history. Outside of the journal, I spend my time with music, plants, movies, comics, and trying to learn how to skateboard.