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Student: Maritza D. Reyna Liriano

Name: Reyna-Liriano, Maritza D

Hometown: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Humacao Campus

Rank: B.S.

Major: Industrial Chemistry

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: Undergraduate



Career cxperience/location:

Worked in a reseach program CETARS in the Univerisity of Puerto Rico at Humacao under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Tremont.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked tracing a variety of metals in potable water such as Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury using pH meter and Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.


What is your perception of agriculture now?

It has a supreme importance for human species trying to improve our quality of live. Understanding and developing new technologies to upgrade our agricultural standards

would have a great impact later on.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

I learned how to use Atomic Absorption instrument as well, how to collect samples from outdoors and the process to analyze them using atomic absorption spectroscopy.

Knowledge about these techniques can open doors in ARS research laboratories and graduate school.


Career and research aspirations:

I aspire to finish my PhD in environmental chemistry within the next five years and find a job related to this field. In ten years I would like to expand my knowledge even

more and try to get others degrees that could help me improve even more.


Skill Set:

-Bilingual-English/Spanish-computer –Microsoft Excel, Origin, Prism 2012-proficient in Atomic absorption Spectroscopy and potable water analysis -leadership skills


The impact of my career experience:

The reseach experiences at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao in the Environmental field, will prepare me to compete among others in my plans to get accepted into

graduate school. My long term goals are to find a reseach position or a job in Environmental Science. This experience has allowed me to meet and work with scientists in

many conferences and meetings through all my undergraduate years. It also has allowed me the opportunity the show them that I am a highly motivated, competent

individual that can be able to accomplish my goals. The CETARS program has given me the necessary skills to become successful in graduate school. I worked with a variety

of instruments that can helped in my professional future. I also learned how to interpret peer reiview literature of studies in environmental chemistry.

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