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Student: Nicole Marie Feliberty Méndez

Name: Feliberty-Méndez, Nicole Marie

Hometown: Yauco, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Mayaguez Campus

Rank: B.S.

Major: Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2016

Degree: Bachelors Degree in Chemistry

USDA Agency of interest: FSIS



Career cxperience/location:

Worked in the research laboratories of Dr. Marco De Jesús from the Department of Chemistry, in the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, extracting vitamin A from

UHT Milk.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I have gained knowledge of the advantages and benefits of Vitamin A. Also, I have learned how to prepare the solutions and samples for a good extraction, making

modifications in old methods to create or improve techniques for a better determination and quantification of vitamins on milk.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

Agriculture is one of the most important concerns in the world today. The production of crops, transforming them into many different ready-to-eat meal is of great

importance for the production of necessary food supply to feed our nation.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

My work in the laboratory has helped me learn how to use the HPLC for determination and quantification of components in food samples. The use of different analytical

instrumentation will help me achieve a broader knowledge for my work after graduation.


Career and research aspirations:

My goals are to finish studying my Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and continue graduate studies in Food Science or Chemistry. Being a part of the USDA program is one of

my future goals. In approximately 10- 12 years, I can see myself working in USDA helping to bring high quality food for the cosummer.


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish-computer-Office 2010- Excel- Analitical techniques- microscopy- leadership- HPLC-biology- chemistry- presentations-Power Points- meeting

participation- Decision-making- motivation- teamwork-patience- resposability- analytical balance- UV- Specthophomer- Planning- organizing- time and project



The impact of my career experience:

This research opportunity has helped me gain skills for future jobs. Also, as an analytical chemist , I learned how to work under pressure. I aspire to acquire more education

in the development of new methods and techniques for better and faster methods for the analysis of foods. I have modified validated methods in order to obtain better

results. The importance of my project is to develop better and faster methods for the analysis of components and adulterants in UHT milk . My future achievements would be

to work in the analysis of food contamination including research on food pathogens.

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