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Student: Nicole M. López Peña

Name: Lopez-Peña, Nicole M.

Hometown: Juncos, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Humacao Campus

Rank: B.S.

Major: Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2016

Degree: B.S. in Chemistry

USDA Agency of interest: NRCS



Career experience/location:

Worked in research laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Tremont.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked in the environmental chemistry laboratory analyzing crab tissues samples for the content of cooper, mercury and lead using atomic absorption spectroscopy.

Thanks to this experience I am more proficient in my analytical chemistry laboratory.


What is your perception of agriculture now? 

We experience the agriculture in a way that it is not practical but mostly theoretical. This experience has helped me realize that the agriculture is very important.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

I think is it is a great experience for my future employment opportunities and also if I want to attend graduate school. It gives me the opportunity to learn about the

environmental chemistry.


Career and research aspirations:

I want to finish a PhD in environmental chemistry and apply for work at USDA..


Skill Set:

Bilingual-English/Spanish-computer literate-Office 2010-prefect titration –Atomic absorption- organization skills-leadership skills


The impact of my career experience:

It is very important and useful to work in a research project because it increased my knowledge in the field of environmental chemistry. I now realized the importance of the

environmental chemistry thanks to my current the research project. It also motivated me continue into a graduate program with the goal of obtaining a PhD in

environmental Chemistry.

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