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Student: Arleen Rodriguez Declet

Arleen Rodriguez Declet

Name: Rodriguez-Declet, Arleen

Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Mayaguez Campus

Rank: B.S. (Third Year)

Major: Horticulture

Expected date of graduation: December 2015

Degree: Undergraduate

USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS Beltsville Maryland



Career cxperience/location:

I worked with the ARS-USDA Beltsville, Maryland, USA in Summer 2012 and Summer 2013 with Dr. Pastor Corrales.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

I worked in the lab, greenhouses and field inoculating bean plants with the rust pathogen and evaluating them for their reaction. We went to different meetings and leadership activities in the ARS and USDA D.C Headquarters

were we got the chance to network.


What is your perception of agriculture now?

Agriculture is an essential part in all societies. We, as future researchers and farmers, need to help promote and expand the opportunities and knowledge to the people.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities?

I learned about plant science and all lab and research work involved with the project; this has given me the experience to involve myself in research. This also helped me see what I can aspire to be in the future.


Career and research aspirations:

In the next 5 years I see myself in the course of finishing my masters to then continue on to my PhD. In the next few years I hope to develop myself more as a researcher and professional. My goal is to land a job as a researcher

in the ARS or to work in a university as a professor or researcher.


Skill Set:

Bilingual(Spanish and English)- Proficient in Microsoft Office-Field work-Laboratory assistant-Coordination of hand-on approach workshops and agriculture activities for students-Establishing vegetable gardens-Data and

inventory management- Good teamwork and leadership skills-Travel aviability


The impact of my career experience:

In my summer career experience I worked and interacted with different researchers, higher officials of the USDA and other students. The experience was amazing; I was involved in many different tasks including field work.

The idea of working in ARS or in another agency related to research got my attention while I was working in the ARS in Beltsville. My main goals for now is to learn as much as I can, experience the many different aspects of the

agriculture and related sciences with CETARS sponsored career experiences. One of my priorities is to continue studying to be able to continue in research, you must have at least a PhD. Because of that, working in the summer

with the ARS has been a great opportunity.

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