Student: Natalia N. Olmeda Viera
Name: Olmeda-Viera, Natalia N.
Hometown: Humacao, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Humacao Campus
Major: Industrial Chemistry
Expected date of graduation: May 2016
Degree: B.S. in Industrial Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest:
I worked in a research experience in the CETARS Program at UPR-H under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Tremont.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
In this experience, I had the opportunity to work analyzing samples of snapper (fish) for the analysis of metals. I also worked in other research experiences analyzing soil
and water samplers. I used electrochemistry and atomic absorption methods to analyze concentration of heavy metals.
What is your perception of agriculture now:
Agriculture is a wide field full of experiences to learn, experiment, try to improve procedures for the welfare of human health.
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?
This experience has given me the opportunity of working with the electrochemistry methods in the laboratory. I prepared solutions of different samplers, making me feel
completely sure that I know exactly what I’m doing and why. This research experience taught me analytical techniques that can improve my job opportunities.
Career and research aspirations:
I aspire to finish the B.S. in Industrial Chemistry and then to go further and study a Ph.D. outside Puerto Rico. In 10 years I see myself working in a research laboratory and
mentoring other students.
Leadership skills- electrochemistry techniques- atomic absorption techniques- field experience- bilingual (English/ Spanish) – laboratory chemistry techniques.
The impact of my career experience:
This research experiences have given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience of working in the science field. This has increased my interest in finding
solutions to existing problems. Working analyzing soil, water and red snapper samplers has let me see the different areas of research, giving me the chance to choose
where I would like to better my future studies. Also, working with techniques such as electrochemistry and atomic absorption has been such a great experience. Thanks to
these experiences I want to keep researching looking forward to improve human lifestyle, and I know that this knowledge acquired researching is just the beginning of a
full career in research. I see myself working as research mentor, and these experiences are preparing me giving me the necessary skills to accomplish that.