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Student: Frank O. Cruz Vélez

Name: Frank O. Cruz Vélez

Hometown: Las Marías

Institution: Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Campus: San Germán

Rank: Junior

Major: Biology

Expected date of graduation: May 2015

Degree: BS

USDA Agency of interest: Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)



Career experience/location:

Phytoplankton Survey in Six Reservoir of Puerto Rico: A Comparative Study of Algae Abundance and Diversity. Sponsored by EPA on the University of Puerto Rico -

Mayagüez Campus.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I learned to analyze aquatic ecosystems and differentiate microscopic algal species and the specific conditions in which they thrive. At the same time, he acquired the

technique to use different mechanisms, such as the Utermöhl’s sedimentation chamber.


What is your perception of agriculture now?

Since my participation in the program, I think that we have to respect more the agriculture because it is the foundation of our nation.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

This experience had helped me to think to choose again where I want to work in the future after I graduate. At this time, I have not applied for any job; but, as soon as I get

my BS degree I will consider applying to any job similar to this experience.


Career and research aspirations:

My current career aspiration is to work in the medical field. If I get more experience in the marine biology sector I would like to apply for them. Also, inside the USDA, I

would like to make an internship on the Food Safety and Inspection Service or at the Research facility; specifically on a microbiological or farm animal area.


Skill Set:

- Computer skills – microbiological techniques – Data base management (Excel) –Aquatic Biology techniques –Able to work on a team –Chemestry techniques – Fluent in

written and spoken Spanish and English languages.


The impact of my career experience:

This opportunity has helped me be more aware of the importance of the marine ecosystems and how important is for us to protect this fragile environments. I has also given

me hand-on experience in the utilization of instrumentation to study water quality. I am confident that this experience has prepared me to be more competent when

applying for future jobs or graduate school.

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