Student: Adriana Oliveras Cabrera
Name: Adriana Oliveras Cabrera
Hometown: Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Humacao Campus
Expected date of graduation: May 2014
Degree: B.S. in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest:
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 Ph.D.in Biochemistry.
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.