Jasmeen Kaur in the lab

Research Pack Abroad

Connecting undergraduate students to international research experiences.

Developing Research Skills Globally

Research Pack Abroad provides undergraduate students international research experience – working side-by-side with scientists and immersed in another culture. Students are connected with a host international research institution, where they conduct research for at least 2 months during the summer.

Through this experience students will:

  • Gain in-depth of knowledge of laboratory procedures and/or field research protocols
    at an international research institute
  • Communicate scientific terminology among international researchers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of host country’s work culture and local community culture
  • Develop new perspectives on student’s native culture and the ability to think critically about student’s values, beliefs and goals
  • Develop skill sets for maneuvering through complex situations and increase capability
    to problem solve
  • Develop knowledge of a foreign language through immersion

If you’re interested in participating in Research Pack Abroad, contact Dr. Adrienne Tucker at adrienne_tucker@ncsu.edu

Summer 2019 Participants

Cristobal Cisneros
Freshman in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Hola! My name is Cristobal Cisneros and I am currently working on my bachelor’s degree in Agroecology. I am a freshman who just completed his first semester at NC State. I was born in Lima, Peru but moved to the United States at 8 months old. I have lived in NC for 6 years. I was ecstatic to
learn about a research opportunity in Valencia, Spain. By working in this program, I hope to further my cultural experience in order to be more prepared to experience new cultures as I meet them. I also hope to use this opportunity to learn about agriculture outside the classroom.

Kelsey Kolar
Junior in Biochemistry
Hi, my name­­­­ is Kelsey Kolar. I will graduate with a BS in Biochemistry in May 2020. I have always had a passion to improve individual and world health. I quickly learned that research would allow me the potential to pursue this passion. I began working with Dr. Trino on geminivirus evolution studies in May 2018 which lead me to my current position in the Plant and Microbial Biology lab. I am currently working with Mrs. Mary Beth Dallas and Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin on Cassava Mosaic Disease resistance pathways and host defense mechanisms. Upon referral, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to continue my passion for research with this abroad internship. I am excited to study the neonate microbiome and help the IPLA-CSIC research team in learning and creating dietary interventions that will improve neonate health. In addition to the new research experience, I am looking forward to experiencing a different culture, lifestyle, and environment. This internship will properly prepare me for a future career in world health and medicine!

Eric Schneider
Senior in Biochemistry
Hello! My name is Eric Schneider and I’ve just completed my 3rd year at NCSU. I’m studying biochemistry with a minor in biotechnology and am looking forward to having the opportunity to improve myself both inside the lab and out while abroad. Villaviciosa, Spain is a place I never thought I would hear of, let alone live and work in. At any rate, life is nothing if not unpredictable and I’m grateful to be a part of this program.


Alexandra Veverka
Sophomore in Plant and Soil Science 

My name is Alexandra Veverka and I am a rising sophomore double majoring in plant and soil science with a concentration in crop biotechnology and Spanish language and literature. I enjoy my studies developing a better understanding of how we will continue to expand as a population and the best way to develop agriculture to do so. I love connecting with people and doing so through Spanish is an experience that has molded me to be able to communicate incredible individuals that in a way that I would not be able to otherwise. Outside of my education and professional development, I love music, good food, soccer, and kayaking!


Bartolome Cisneros
Junior in Biochemistry

Hi! My name is Bartolome Cisneros and I am a rising Senior in the Department of Biochemistry. I will be going to Valencia, Spain to conduct research in quantifying volatile elements (such as aroma) in wine. I am excited to spend the next two months in Valencia, and I hope to take advantage not only of the research experience but also the cultural and historical-laden richness that Spain has to offer. I am looking forward to taking on a different approach to my studies in biochemistry by focusing on the food side and I hope to be able to bring in a new perspective as well.

Past Participants - Summer 2018

Jasmeen Kaur Mandair graduated with a BSc. in Biochemistry in May 2018. Jasmeen conducted research at Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias with a focus on developing technologies to create new food products by using the residue of Caseiculture, Milk Whey. Her research targeted two main objectives: developing nutritional beverages for people who are allergic to cow milk and reducing environmental waste by using milk whey as a key ingredient in those beverages.

Kirby Morris, Senior in Biochemistry and Spanish, conducted research at Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias. Kirby researched the binding abilities of two chimeric proteins containing the SH3 domains of Staph bacteriophage endolysins LysRODI and LysIPLA5 to address Staphylococcus antibiotic resistance.

Mark Watson, Senior in Horticultural Sciences and Crop and Soil Sciences, conducted research at the International Potato Center. Mark worked in the field and the lab to characterize micronutrients in potato varieties grown in Peru to address health needs.