Student: Glory Velazquez
Name: Velazquez -Nieves, Glory M.
Hometown: San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Mayaguez Campus
Expected date of graduation: May 2015
Degree: Bachelor in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest: APHIS
Worked in the research laboratories of Dr. Felix Roman, found in the Department of Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico Myaguez Campus, synthesizing a variety of cross
-linked chitosan beats.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
Through experimentation, I have gained knowledge on Chitosan benefits, strengths, imperfections and how they are able to attach different pollutants. I have learned to
prepare solutions of chitosan-cellulose, chitosan-glutaraldehyde and others in order to improve the mechanism and structure of the bead.
What is your perception of agriculture now?:
Agriculture is the set of skills and knowledge to cultivate the land. It comprises a set of human actions that transforms the natural environment to make it more suitable for
the growth of crops.
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:
I’m currently learning how to use the HPLC to identify and quantify the components in various mixtures. By learning how to manage this technique, I can expand my
knowledge for future employment.
Career and research aspirations:
I aspire to finish my BA in Chemistry and begin Graduate studies in Chemistry or Pharmacology. To collaborate in the USDA-ARS program is one of my primary options. In
10 years, I visualize myself working in research laboratories. Later, I would like to educate future chemists as a profesor.
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participation- Decision-making- motivation- teamwork-patience- resposability- analytical balance- UV- Specthophomer- Planning-organizing- time and project
The impact of my career experience:
By working in the analytical laboratory, I acquired various skills that can help me keep up with more complex and demanding jobs. I have learned how to organize my time
in order to work under pressure and with limits. Over time, I hope to be sufficiently trained to perform more advanced research and analysis. During my time in research, I
did several synthesis of cross-linked chitosan to decontaminate the environment through adsorption. My long term goal is to be a part of several animal and vegetable
health- Sample page in 12 pt font related researches. Another of my aspirations is to work as a pharmaceutical or in the food chemistry research department.