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    Brianna Juhrend Accepted into Highly Competetive Research Program

    Feb 8, 2011

    Pacific student Brianna Juhrend has added another merit to her already long list of accomplishments. The Civil Engineering major has been 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.

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

    "Brianna is the perfect candidate for the Summer Exchange Experience," said Gary Litton, School of Engineering and Computer Science professor of civil engineering. "She possesses a strong academic background in aquatic chemistry, has conducted research on novel waste to energy projects at Pacific and has extensive experience in promoting cultural understanding and peaceful interactions while serving on two tours with People to People in Europe."

    Juhrend is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, majoring in the competitive field of environmental engineering. Along with her heavy school work load she is active in Greek life and a Powell Scholar, the University's premier academic merit award that is designed to cultivate future leaders. She will be using funding available to her through the Powell Program to support her participation in the SEE. Also, this semester Juhrend is learning Russian on her own in order to prepare for the summer program.

    "The true power of the SEE program comes from its universality; no matter where your horizons rest, Tahoe-Baikal Institute will broaden them," said Michelle Jordan, a participant of the 2007 SEE. "After a summer surrounded by intelligent, passionate people, exploring new areas of the world, sciences, and the humanities, I guarantee you will leave wanting to make a difference."

    Juhrend hopes that this program will help her find a career in which she can combine engineering and her passion for the environment.

    For more information contact Cynthia Wagner Weick at cweick@pacific.edu