Student: Nicole M. López Peña
Name: Lopez-Peña, Nicole M.
Hometown: Juncos, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Humacao Campus
Expected date of graduation: May 2016
Degree: B.S. in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest: NRCS
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
Career and research aspirations:
I want to finish a PhD in environmental chemistry and apply for work at USDA..
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