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.
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!
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.
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!
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.