Nine honored at Alumni Award of Merit Gala

At the 2023 Alumni Award of Merit Gala, eight distinguished alumni will receive Awards of Merit, the Creative Spirit Award, and the inaugural Penn Alumni Social Impact Award, and Camille Z. Charles will receive the Faculty Award of Merit.

Amanda Mott

Penn GEMS brings STEM to summer camp

Penn GEMS, an annual engineering, math, and science camp for middle school students, is a weeklong dive into various engineering disciplines, made possible with philanthropic support for community partnerships.

Sarah Punderson

Penn Masala at the White House 

The Penn Masala a cappella group was invited to perform at the White House during the state visit by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 19 members and alumni sang on the South Lawn before the arrival ceremony and at the state dinner.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

United Press International

Herniated discs could be repaired with biologic patch one day, researchers say

Preclinical research by Robert Mauck of the Perelman School of Medicine, Thomas Schaer of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Ana Peredo, a Ph.D. graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, reveals how a biologic patch activated by natural motion could become a key tool for repairing herniated discs in the back and relieving pain.


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn alum looks to raise $750K, tap into AI to scale social impact investing analytics platform

Penn alum Catherine Griffin has created ImpactableX, an analytics platform to help social impact startups quantify their impact.


Penn alums changing grocery game for Philadelphians in food deserts with Community Grocer program

Penn alums Alex Imbot and Eli Moraru have co-founded the Community Grocer to supply grab-and-go meal kits and hot, fresh meals for Philadelphia residents.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philadelphia lawyer connects at risk youth to at risk animals, together they help each other

Penny Ellison of Penn Carey Law leads Hand2Paw, a Philadelphia nonprofit founded by Penn alum Rachel Cohen that connects youth experiencing homeless or in foster care to animals in need.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn grads’ nonprofit grocery proposing hot food for SNAP recipients raises ‘hullabaloo’

Recent Penn graduates Alex Imbot and Eli Moraru are creating a first-of-its-kind system to legally circumvent federal rules about food stamps in order to present hot, healthy food at their nonprofit, The Community Grocer.


Philadelphia Inquirer

SNAP recipients are denied hot food. These Penn grads found a hack with a new kind of corner store

Two recent graduates of the School of Arts & Sciences, Alex Imbot and Eli Moraru will be legally skirting federal rules that guide food stamps to offer healthy, hot food in a nonprofit corner store.