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Student: Adriana Oliveras Cabrera

Name: Adriana Oliveras Cabrera

Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Humacao Campus

Rank: undergraduate

Major: Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: B.S. in Chemistry

USDA Agency of interest:



Career cxperience/location:

Worked on my research during summer at UPR-H under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Tremont.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

We analyzed heavy metal content in cigarettes, milk and fishes bought locally. We used electrochemistry and atomic abosortion. We also taught high school

students about environmental chemistry and some of the techniques used.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

 Nowadays, we are faced with environmental issues that affect agricultural production; therefore we must continue researching such issues.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

It broadened my employment opportunities by learning new techniques (electrochemistry) and applying that knowledge to analyze environmental issues.


Career and research aspirations: 

My current goal is to finish my bachelor’s degree in chemistry and microbiology and continue working on my research. After that, I plan to continue graduate studies,

specifically a Biochemistry.


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish-computer literate-Office/Excel/Power Point 2010-chemistry lab techniques such as:

UVvis- electrochemistry- atomic absorption/emission- liquid and gas chromatography- microbiological techniques:

API- PCR-DNA extraction and sequencing.


The impact of my career experience:

The summer research opportunity was a new experience for me, it helped me develop my research abilities, laboratory techniques (while learning new ones), and team

working skills. I believe it helped me prepare myself for what my future will be like in graduate school and other research opportunities.

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