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By Ellen Bombela, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service
The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program, interns have arrived on campus for the summer. The GWC Internship Program provides an opportunity for multicultural students to conduct research. It additionally provides opportunities for the interns to grow both personally and professionally through; lab and field research, educational seminars, tours and professional development workshops.
The interns will be on campus until August 4th. During their time here, they will be conducting research under the guidance of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences research faculty members.
Get to know the 2018 GWC Internship Program staff and interns:
Theressa Cooper - GWC Program Director
Zachary Brown - GWC Program Coordinator
Elsadig Ali - GWC Community Assistant
Diamond Brown is a senior at Kansas State University studying animal science. Brown will be working with Dawn Koltes, an adjunct assistant professor of animal science, to identify immune cell types in adipose tissue of three lines of poultry under different nutritional diets. Brown’s role model is her mother. Brown said she looks up to her because she was a single mom who put herself through college, worked hard to be very successful and treats everyone with respect.
Elsa Calderon, a graduate student studying plant and soil science at Tuskegee University, located in eastern Alabama, will be working with Susana Goggi, a professor of agronomy, over the summer. Calderon will be researching the effect of biocontrol properties of vermicompost extract on soybean seed germination and vigor. Calderon’s dream job is to be a professor in the field of agriculture and have a demonstration farm.
Andrew Campbell is a sophomore studying animal and poultry sciences at Virginia Tech, which is located in Western Virginia. Campbell will be working with Susan Lamont, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of animal science, to understand chickens’ responses to disease and stress.
Ciro Carrillo, a freshman studying biomedical sciences at Valencia College, which is located in central Florida, will be working with Joel Coates, a distinguished professor of entomology, over the summer. Carrillo will be testing different plant essential oils as insect repellants.
Alanah Charles is an Iowa State University alumna who studied biology. Alanah will be working with Lynne Campbell, the program coordinator for the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, to support the implementation of Monarchs on the Move at Iowa State and get experience with lab and field work. Alanah decided to apply to the program because it’s a great opportunity to do research and grow as a professional.
Jackie Duckett, a junior in earth and environmental science at Wesleyan University, which is located in central Connecticut, will be working with Brian Hornbuckle, an associate professor of agronomy, for the summer. Duckett will be using NASA satellites to observe crop growth. Duckett applied to the program because it offers a good deal for student who need financial support, and also caters to underrepresented groups of students in sciences.
Keith Fennell is a junior at North Carolina A&T State University, which is located in the northern part of the state, studying food industry management. Fennell will be working with Angela Shaw, an associate professor and extension specialist of food microbiology and safety, and the Iowa State University Food Safety Team to evaluate food safety at fruit and vegetable farms in Iowa.
Jealae Jackson is a graduate student at Alabama A&M University, which is located in northern Alabama, studying food science. Jackson will be working with Aubrey Mendonca, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition, to try to enhance poultry meat safety by developing approaches for cleaning deep skin pathogen contamination in poultry carcasses or parts. Jackson’s career goals include working in a food industry company test kitchen and teaching culinary classes to younger students.
Alescia King is a graduate student at Alabama A&M University, which is located in northern Alabama, studying food science. King will also be working with Aubrey Mendonca, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition, to attempt to enhance poultry meat safety by developing approaches for cleaning deep skin pathogen contamination.
Kelvin Lopez, a sophomore studying sustainable agriculture at the University of Puerto Rico, will be working with Candice Gardner at the USDA-ARS Plant Introduction Research Unit in Ames.
Pedro Monagas-Valentin is a sophomore studying biology at the University of Puerto Rico. Monagas-Valentin will be working with Stephen Howell, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of genetics, development and cell biology, to test the stress tolerance is corn plants.
Jayla Pettway, a freshman in environmental science at Alabama A&M University, located in northern Alabama, will be working with Fredric Janzen, a professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, this summer. Pettway will be researching the significance of environmental sex determination in turtles.
James Pinkney, Jr.
James Pinkney, Jr. is a freshman in environmental chemistry at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. James will be working with Peter Moore, an adjunct assistant professor of natural resource ecology and management, to study stream network development and adjustment to landscape change. James’ parents are his role models, and they inspired him to study environmental chemistry. His dad got him interested in the natural world through activities such as fishing, and his mother works for the National Park Service and is a big advocate for environmental stewardship.
Lizbeth Plaza-Torres, a sophomore in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, will be working with Jacek Koziel, an associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, this summer. Plaza-Torres will be doing research to try to solve livestock odor problems.
Dominique Stewart, a recent graduate of animal science at North Carolina A&T State University, which is located in the northern part of the state, will be working with Susan Lamont, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of animal science, this summer. Stewart will be doing research to better understand chickens’ responses to disease and stress. Stewart’s goal is to become a veterinarian one day.
Yee Vue is a senior at Augsburg University, which is located in eastern Minnesota, studying cultural and global studies. Vue will be working with Diane Bassham, a Walter E. and Helen Park Loomis professor or plant physiology, and Yosia Mugume, a graduate assistant in genetics development and cell biology, this summer to develop an educational computer game for learning cell biology. Vue decided to apply for the program not only for the opportunity to acquire research experience but also partake in a research experiment in a field of interest.
Briana Young is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in cultural and global studies with a minor in nutrition. Young will be working with Angela Shaw, an associate professor and extension specialist of food microbiology and safety, and the Iowa State University Food Safety Team to evaluate food safety at fruit and vegetable farms in Iowa. If Young could travel anywhere in the world she would go to Costa Rica to learn about the culture and also help improve their agriculture systems.