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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Third Dimension

Present, publish, or perform an original scholarly or creative project

Andrew Lu Presenting for the Powell Project Proposal Seminar

Scholar Andrew Lu (Music Performance: Flute) formed the 28/78 New Music Ensemble & Festival.

I used my Powell creative project funds to form the 28/78 New Music Ensemble & Festival. 28/78 is a student-led group that focuses on playing new music from a diverse range of composers and styles (imagine a chamber orchestra mixed in with electronics and hip hop!). In spring 2019, the ensemble co-hosted a nine-day new music festival with the Conservatory of Music and Pacific Arts and Lectures. The festival included four wildly different concerts and featured two guest artist residencies: composer/conductor Yoshiaki Onishi (Pacific alumnus '04, 2018 Guggenheim Fellow) and composer/violinist Mads Tolling (two-time Grammy award-winner). Onishi conducted the world premiere of his work written specifically for 28/78, immersing listeners in an alternative sonic world. Mads Tolling brought the audience to their feet through the performance of his jazz violin concerto. The festival was a great success, bringing together hundreds of students, faculty, and community members together for a week of learning, collaboration, and music making.

~ Andrew Lu

Below is a video of the 28/78 Ensemble performing with Grammy Award-Winning composer/violinist Mads Tolling. Alternatively, click here to view the video.

Scholar Ashley Abraham (Bioengineering) published an article in The Permanente Journal called Image Diagnosis: Iliopsoas Abscess from Crohn Disease.

Celja Uebel

Colleen Motoyasu

Scholars Celja Uebel (Biological Sciences) and Colleen Motoyasu (Bioengineering) presented the results of their undergraduate research at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in 2016. Uebel worked with Dr. Lisa Wrischnik on her research: Examining the Transcriptional Upregulation of Rad51 and Dmc1 in Trichomonas Vaginalis. Motoyasu worked with Dr. Shelly Gulati on her research: A Microfluidic Device for Marking Small Tissues.

Recital Poster

Madelaine Matej Singing

Scholar Madelaine Matej (Music Performance: Voice) presented the results of her research and study abroad experience in a lecture recital about the history of the character Eurydice in Opera. She also gave a presentation at NCUR in Spring, 2016.

In May of 2015, Scholar Jimmy Kraft (Jazz Studies, Music Composition) released his first album, “Time to Fly.”

In September of 2014, Scholar Christian Tudino (Music Therapy) released his first album, “Museum Age.”

Scholar Alyssa Rodriguez (History) published her first novel, The Pain Thief on Amazon Kindle in early April, 2014.

Katie Teague

Scholar Katie Teague (Environmental Sciences) presented her research at the Geosciences Society of America annual meeting in Denver, Colorado in October 2013. Her research project was entitled “The Relationship Between Microbial Communities and Metal Mobility in Urban Watersheds, Eastern San Francisco Bay Area, California.” Katie worked with Dr. Laura Rademacher of Geological and Earth Sciences on the project.

Sarah Hafley with the Concinnity Quartet

Scholar Sarah Hafley (Music Performance: Clarinet) started the Concinnity Quartet, a clarinet foursome to fulfill her love of music performance. The quartet was invited to perform a recital at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy.

Scholar Nadia Shaheen (Biological Sciences, Chemistry) received a “Best Poster" award at the West Coast Biological Science Undergraduate Research Conference in San Diego for her research on the production of spider silk protein in the east Pichia pastoris. Nadia was also co-author of an article published in the journal Gene (519, 2013,311-317): The effect of α-mating factor secretion signal mutations on recombinant protein expression in Pichia pastoris.

Brianna Juhrend

Scholar Brianna Juhrend (Civil Engineering) was selected as one of 15 college students and young environmental professionals from around the world for a highly competitive summer exchange program that includes water research in Lake Tahoe, Mongolia, and Russia.

Tahoe-Baikal Institute's Summer Environmental Exchange is an 8-week experiential leadership development program that was in its 21st year. During the program 15 participants learned about watershed protection, sustainable development, and cultural exchange from global environmental experts. The students studied the ecosystem surrounding the bodies of water at Lake Tahoe, Selenga River in Mongolia, and Lake Baikal in Russia while participating in hands-on research and restoration projects.

Kendra Consiglio

Scholar Kendra Consiglio (Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences) and Dr. Lara Killick wrote an article about the political climate of the 1956 Summer Olympics and the mobilization of the games for political purposes in the first of a series of special research reports from Pacific's Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences.

Benjamin Alldritt

Scholar Benjamin Alldritt (Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Management) participated in undergraduate research at the University of California, Davis.

I began working in June 2009 at the University of California, Davis in the Robotics, Autonomous Systems, and Control Applications Laboratory (RASCAL) under Prof. Sanjay Joshi. One of the fascinating aspects of working in a research lab is the wide variety of interests from the different students. I worked side-by-side with individuals who were designing satellite control systems while others were researching animal behavior. The project I was assisting with involved a new method of reading multiple muscle signals using only a single electromyography pre-amplifier. My final project involved designing new head gear to secure the amplifier comfortably to the patient's head while allowing for easy adjustments to e made by the patient's assistants. Overall, the research was a terrific experience, allowing me to explore multiple areas of engineering that I would not have considered. The research I worked on at Davis formed the basis of my own project for a potential Fulbright fellowship in 2010-2011.
~ Benjamin Alldritt