Student: Bianca Alamo Irizarry
Name: Bianca Álamo-Irizarry
Campus: University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus
Major: Industrial Biotechnology
Narrative: I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. I moved to Kissimmee, Florida where I cursed my senior of high school. I came to Mayagüez for college and I’m currently a junior majoring in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus. I like to travel, know new people and new places. My hobbies are: reading, skydiving, solving riddles, and puzzles. I also enjoy spending time with my loved ones, music, and helping others.
Skills: Fully bilingual (English and Spanish). Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative. Innovative problem-solver able to generate workable solutions and resolve complaints. Highly adaptable, positive, patient risk-taker, and open to new ideas. Analytical thinking and good communicator. Goal-driven leader with honesty and integrity. Confident, hard-working, enthusiastic and fast learner.
Short Term Goals: Graduate in Spring 2014 of a B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology.
Long Term Goals: Continue further studies in Bioengineering.
Research and/or Outreach project: I have mainly worked in two research projects involving nanotoxicity and phytoremediation. I studied the “Impact of CoFe2O4 Nanoparticles on the Growth and Development of the Tomato Plant (Solanum lycopersicum)” and “Puerto Rico Aqueducts and Sewers Authority’s (PRASA) Compost and Sludge Characterization, Compost-Soils Systems Interaction and Effect of Compost-Soils Systems in Basil (Ocimum basillicum)”. I also had the chance to work for the GLOBE program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) training high school teachers and students about protocols and instrumentation to collect scientific data.