12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Featuring Student Work and Alumni Panel

Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a distinguished alumni panel will open the Undergraduate Research Conference and talk to students about their career path since graduating from Pacific and how their undergraduate research experience contributed to their profession.

Research experiences are an important part of students’ development as professionals. The theme of this year’s conference is From Research to Careers, helping students make the connection between experience and future careers and employment.

Alumni Panel

Rachael Woody ’05 BA in History, ’08 MS Library and Information Science
Rachel is a consultant for archives, museums and heritage organizations. She is a trained archivist who specializes in establishing new archival programs, assessing historical collections, and implementing cutting-edge technology in the heritage sector. She has revived programs at the Smithsonian Institution and built and launched the Oregon Wine History Archive program at Linfield College.

Sean Tachibana ’15 BS in Chemistry
Sean is a fifth-year PhD candidate working in the Fang Lab at Oregon State University. His research interest is in photoluminescent and optogenetic materials. At the OSU lab he uses an ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy technique named "Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy" or FSRS for short. “With FSRS we try to understand how light-sensitive systems absorb light and use it for application purposes such as emission, mechanical motions, color change, and more. By understanding how these light-sensitive systems work, we can aim to improve their functionality by increasing emission intensity, efficiency, and color to name a few,” Sean said.

Brianna Johnson ’16 BS in Psychology
Briana is the office manager at the Portland DBT Institute and oversees patient intake, the training team as well as the clinic’s daily functions. Brianna works with prospective clients to discuss the institute’s mental health programs and places clients with therapists based on their needs.

Anthonee Georgette ’16 BS Physics
Anthonee is an applications engineer and works in product quality engineering at Nikon Precision Inc. He believes that data acquisition and analysis is key to developing world changing products. Anthonee worked previously at Intel, which fueled his desire to learn more about semiconductor device processing. He earned a MS in applied physics with a specialization in semiconductor and photovoltaic device processing from the University of Oregon in 2018.

Reagan Nolasco ’19 BA in Media Arts
Reagan is living proof that not only is Pacific University a great place to learn, it is also a great place to work. He is currently the assistant director of marketing at Pacific. Reagan is working on developing efficient, highly optimized systems for monitoring online advertising, and is the point person for all branded product at Pacific. Whether he is managing ads, providing insight to design work around campus, or collaborating with his teammates, he has the ability to intertwine both technical and interpersonal skills, providing a fresh perspective for all online marketing at Pacific, and is able to connect with potential future students through the process.

Student Presentations

Nearly 70 students will present their research and creative work at the conference. Attendees will learn from students about their exciting work in the areas of natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, arts, humanities, and pharmacy. View a list of the College of Arts & Sciences projects.

Many of the student presentations will report on summer research and inquiry undertaken as part of Pacific’s research programs in Arts & Sciences as well as in the School of Pharmacy. In addition, some students will report on work completed in a REU program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) at another university. For many presenters, this research work will become the basis of their senior capstone project. Students will present their research at the conference via posters and oral presentations.

The public is invited to attend the conference, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the alumni panel presentation in McGill Auditorium, followed by student presentations starting at 5:50 p.m. on the second floor of Scott Hall. Light appetizers and supervised activities for children will be available in Scott Hall. Guests are also encouraged to bring a donation for Boxer Food Share

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019