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Student: Rosa B. Concepción Abreu

Name: Rosa B. Concepción Abreu

Hometown: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Institution: Inter‐American University of Puerto Rico

Campus: San German Campus

Rank: B.S. Senior student (fourth Year)

Major: Chemistry

Expected date Of graduation: December 2013

Degree: Undergraduate

USDA Agency Of interest: Food Safety And Inspection Services



Career experience/location:

UPRM CETARS 2013 Summer Internship: Synthesis of ZnxMg1–‐xO solid solution and the assessment of its antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli with Dr. Oscar

Perales and Dra. Yarilin Cedeño.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I have learned how to synthesize nanoparticles of MGOZNO and evaluate its antimicrobial capacity against E. Coli. What is your perception of agriculture now: It is a very

important field of study today, because I believe that human life depends on it more than we realize. As technology grows, we discover new ways to help counteract

problems encountered. I believe that there is much more that can be done to better preserve and supply food to everyone.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

Ever since I started this program I have been given the chance to be part of a scientific society that has helped me grow in a personal and professional level. By participating

in this program I have gained valuable experience that I can use in future employment opportunities, given the fact the nowadays it is very difficult to be considered for a

job when you have no previous working experience.


Career and research aspirations:

I want to pursue post graduate studies in chemistry to become a skilled professional. In some way, help contribute to improve the quality of life in Puerto Rico.

Moreover, work in researches related to the environment, specifically in the area of agriculture of crop protection using nanotechnology.


Skill Set:

Technical Proficiency in Chemistry software’s: • Scigress • Project Leader • Chemsketch; Laboratory Techniques using instrument such as PARR Bomb calorimeter, Fenske

viscosimeter, Construction of Galvanic cells, Spectrometers. Broad Knowledge of Spectroscopy (IR, UV–‐VIS, NMR, MS), XRD instrument. Computer literacy (Microsoft

Office 2003–‐2010) Bilingual (fluent in Spanish and proficient in English) Comfortable with public speaking. Comfortable working with others.


The impact of my career experience:

In the time I spent in my career experience I had the opportunity of working and interacting with student and professional researchers. The experience was incredible; I

worked in a lab cultivating bacteria that would be used to test antimicrobial efficiency later on. It was because of this research opportunity that I started to gain interest in

working tin he USDA. At this point my main goal is to pursue a post graduate degree while continuing to participate in research programs like CETARS. It has also become

very clear that I intend to pursue a career in the USDA. For me working in CETARS has been an amazing opportunity that has opened countless doors in my professional life.

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