A Campaign Made By Many, Benefiting Many More


During the Making History campaign, SAS donors endowed an additional 318 scholarships. More than $130 million was raised for undergraduate financial aid—the most money raised for this purpose in the history of the School. During the course of the campaign, the School’s endowment for financial aid more than tripled. As a result, we are meeting the financial need of our students with loan-free aid packages, and they are able to graduate without daunting debt.


Generous SAS donors funded 39 faculty positions—enabling the School to recruit and retain the academic stars who are the heart of SAS. These top scholars are experts and innovators in their fields, as well as devoted teachers dedicated to providing the best education to undergraduate and graduate students.


More than $100 million was raised for buildings—the physical spaces that house discovery, learning, and academic interaction. With this extraordinary support, we can continue to transform our campus, providing vibrant, sophisticated spaces for teaching and research, including the forthcoming Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, and the renovated Music Building and chemistry laboratories.

Innovative Undergraduate Programs

Donors to the SAS Making History campaign have helped transform the undergraduate educational experience by creating new programs, including:

The Integrated Studies Program, now in its second year, is building a powerful foundation of core liberal arts for incoming College freshmen accepted as Benjamin Franklin Scholars. As part of the program, three professors from the School—one from humanities, one from the social sciences, and one from the natural sciences—teach a single course examining one theme from different perspectives. Recent themes included “Knowing” and “Thinking.”

The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) leads to a dual degree: Bachelor of Arts and  Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Launched in 2012, the program attracts talented students who focus on a critically important area of study for our country and the world—alternative and efficient energy sources.

The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management enrolls 25 exceptional students each year and offers them the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum combining bioscience and business, leading to the completion of two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in a life sciences major, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Economics.


Because practical, real-world knowledge greatly augments undergraduates’ classroom education and strengthens their professional preparation, the School of Arts and Sciences worked with our donors to create 36 new internships during the Making History campaign. Today, College undergraduates gain powerful internship experiences through the Biological Basis of Behavior program, the Center for Advanced Study of India, the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences Management, and the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, among others.

A Vital Hub for the Life Sciences

Inspired by School of Arts and Sciences Dean Rebecca Bushnell’s vision for the future, members of the SAS Board of Overseers and other generous donors banded together to make the School’s Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building a reality. Situated next to James G. Kaskey Memorial Park, the NBS Building will connect the Carolyn Lynch and Leidy Laboratories, creating a life sciences corridor for SAS. When it opens in 2016, the NBS Building will also promote collaboration across undergraduate programs by serving as the new home for Biology, Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior, and the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management.

Arts & Sciences News

The Power of Penn Arts & Sciences

On April 12, 2018, the Power of Penn Arts & Sciences fundraising campaign was announced by the Board of Overseers. Launched in conjunction with the University’s Power of Penn campaign, it aims to raise $550 million for the School of Arts and Sciences.

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2018 Penn Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholars

Penn Arts and Sciences has named 20 students from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Graduate Division as Dean’s Scholars. This honor is presented annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise.

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Joseph Subotnik Named Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor

Joseph Subotnik, Professor of Chemistry, has been named Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Chemistry. A theoretical chemist who focuses on electronic processes in the condensed phase, Dr. Subotnik has made key contributions in electronic structure theory, chemical dynamics, and statistical mechanics.

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Two Penn Arts and Sciences Professors Named Guggenheim Fellows

Charles L. Bosk, Professor of Sociology, and Charles Yang, Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science, have been awarded 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships.

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Ahmad Family Endowment Supports Penn Global Seminars

Hyder Ahmad, W’90, and his family have made a generous gift to establish the Ahmad Family Endowment for Penn Global Seminars in Arts and Sciences.

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Abraham Nitzan Named Donner Professor of Physical Sciences

Abraham Nitzan, Professor of Chemistry, has been named Donner Professor of Physical Sciences. Nitzan’s research focuses on the interaction of light with molecular systems, chemical reactions in condensed phases and interfaces and charge transfer processes in such environments.

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2018 Teaching Award Recipients Announced

Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences, and Paul Sniegowski, Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, have announced the recipients of the 2018 awards for distinguished teaching in the School.

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College Graduation Speakers for 2018 Revealed

Angela Duckworth, G’03, GR’06, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, will address the Class of 2018 at the graduation ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences on Sunday, May 13, 2018. She will be joined by student speaker Helena von Nagy, C’18.

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Individualized Care Will Become the Standard for Depression Patients

In a new paper for the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, researchers Robert DeRubeis, Samuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences, and Zachary Cohen of Psychology, address precision medicine, also known as customized-care, in the context of treatment for depression.

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Restoring Vacant Lots Reduces Gun Violence and Crime

In cities across the U.S., about 15 percent of land is considered vacant or abandoned. These areas can foster criminal activity, and urban residents, especially those in low-income neighborhoods, often view vacant land as a threat to their health and safety.

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Robert DeRubeis: Samuel H. Preston Term Professor in the Social Sciences

Professor of Psychology Robert DeRubeis has been named the Samuel H.

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