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Student: Leany E. Lugo Avilés

Name: Lugo-Avilés, Leany E.

Hometown: Lajas, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Mayaguez Campus

Rank: B.S. (Fifth year)

Major: Senior

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: Undergraduate

USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS Beltsville Maryland



Career cxperience/location:

I worked with the Dra. Laura Lopez at UPRM with Alfalfa plant and the uptake of Zn (Zn release from de wash solution of rubber used to clean contaminate waters in

olaboration with Dr. Oscar Perales.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked in the lab with Alfalfa plants in a hydroponic system. I learned how to use a microwave digestion system and, the ICP-MS and the AAS instruments.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

Agriculture is an essential part in all societies. We as future researchers and farmers need to help promote and expand the opportunities and knowledge related to the field of



How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

I learned how to cultivate plants in hydroponics and how to use them in research to evaluate the impact of nanoparticles in agriculture. The project this has given me the

experience to involve myself in research and helped me see what I can aspire to be in the future.


Career and research aspirations:

In the next 5 years I see myself in the course of finishing my PhD. In the next years I hope to develop myself more as a researcher and professional. My goal is to land a job

as a researcher in the ARS, TARS (Mayaguez) or to work in a University as a professor or researcher.


Skill Set:

Bilingual (Spanish and English)- Proficient in Microsoft Office-Field Good teamwork and leadership

○ Fully Bilingual: English and Spanish ○ Proficient in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

○ Team Oriented and Fast Learner ○ Problem-Solving and Analytical skills

○ Interpersonal and Artistic Abilities ○ Proficient in MATLAB and Chematix simulator


The impact of my career experience:

I got to work and interact with different researchers and other students just like me. My main goals for now are to learn as much as I can, experience the many different

aspects of the agriculture and related sciences through the CETARS program and the career experiences. One of my priorities is to continue studying and optain a PhD and

impact the field of agriculture with myfuture reseach projects.

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