PennScience is committed to promoting and raising the visibility of undergraduate research.
Doing research has become a standard part of many science majors' interests, and many students go above and beyond the call of the minimum requirements, spending long hours and even summers in the lab. Some even begin their research careers while still in high school. Yet too often, this work goes unnoticed and unreported.

By creating a scientific forum for and by students, we hope to bring together young researchers, helping to make students feel that rather than participating in a disjointed and isolating endeavor, they are becoming a part of a true community of scholars. We also seek to raise the awareness of the outside community to research performed by undergraduates.

A key goal of our journal is to make publication more accessible to college students, providing a peer-reviewed journal dedicated solely to their work. Publication in academic journals is a time-consuming process which is not always suitable for the duration and scale of projects done by undergraduates; we seek to create another option will allow more students to publish their research.

Our Board
Spring 2021
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Magnolia Wang

Magnolia is sophomore who hails from Livingston, New Jersey. She is passionate about Biology and is also pursuing minors in Chemistry and Medical Sociology. As a University Scholar, Magnolia is deeply interested in studying adipose tissue biology, both on the bench and in the literature. Ultimately, she seeks to promote scientific literacy both in and beyond the Penn community through PennScience. In her free time, Magnolia enjoys ambitious baking projects- sourdough and croissants are among her favorites!

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Helen Jiang

Helen is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Biology and minoring in Health Services Management and Biological Basis of Behavior. On campus, Helen is involved in the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club (WUHC) Incubator Committee, Wharton Asia Exchange (WAX) Healthcare Investment Team, and Asian Students Promoting Identity, Reflection, and Education (ASPIRE). In her free time, Helen enjoys hiking, spending time with her friends and family, and trying out different types of bubble tea drinks.

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Writing Manager

Da Hyeon Choi

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Writing Manager

Sagar Gupta

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Editing Manager

Mehek Dedhia

Mehek is a sophomore from Mumbai, India and is studying neuroscience. Outside of PennScience, she is involved with the Penn India Association, the Educational Pipeline Program, the Penn Bioethics Journal and conducts research related to Alzheimer's Disease.

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Editing Manager

Brian Song

Brian is a junior studying Biochemistry from New Jersey. He is currently conducting research at the Wistar Institute studying the RNA editing protein ADAR1. Brian is also part of TableTalk, so he’s always excited to start a fun conversation! One of his favorite activities is hiking, a hobby that is adequately satisfied on Penn’s campus by completing the trek to DRL.

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Business Manager

Glen Kahan

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Design Manager

Amara Okafor

Amara is a junior at UPenn from North Jersey studying neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and Healthcare management. She is on the pre-medical track and aspires to be a physician one day. She has been a member of PennScience since her freshman year!

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Design Manager

Bianca Vama

Hi, I am in the class of 2024 and planning to study Neuroscience. I like to play basketball and jog in my free time! Looking forward to a great semester with Penn Science!

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Technology Manager

Grace Lee

Our Committees

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Writers direct the theme and content for each issue. They research specific topics of their own interest within the theme and create feature articles. Writers also conduct interviews of Penn faculty members.

Managers: Da Hyeon Choi, Sagar Gupta


Editors peer-review research article submissions and also review feature articles and provide valuable feedback to the writers.

Managers: Mehek Dedhia, Brian Song


The Design committee is responsible for the design of each issue. Members are challenged to create organized and elegant publications.

Managers: Amara Okafor, Bianca Vama


The Business committee handles the
logistics of running the journal. Key functions include financing, sponsorship, and publicity.

Managers: Glen Kahan


The Technology committee manages web services and technological infrastructure for the journal, including our website and social media profiles.

Managers: Grace Lee

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