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

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Past Participants


Renee Long is a senior in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems and is conducting research at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. Renee is working with Valencia Club Cocina to research gastronomy and food nutrition. She also gets to experience how a small business operates in Spain by assisting in some of the operational details of the cooking clubs business.


Kelsey Kolar is a Biochemsitry student and conducted research at Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias, where she analyzed BlaSHV gene trends between term length and antibiotic treatment for infants over time. Kelsey's project was just a piece of the puzzle in developing early-life interventions to promote the establishment of health microbiota to reduce the risk of early-life and correlated diseases. Kelsey will be graduating in May 2020 and has her sights set on continuing in life sciences research.


Eric Schneider is majoring in biochemistry with a minor in biotechnology and conducted research at Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias. Eric's research was a portion of the greater project to understand how Lactococcus lactis responds to cell wall damage.


Critobal Cisneros, an Agroecology student, conducted soil moisture research at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. Cristobal worked with Chufa, which is yellow nutsedge, and is used to make hortchata in Valencia.


Bartolome Cisneros is a Biochemistry major who conducted onology research at Universitat Polticnica de Valencia. Bartolome worked along graduate students in the lab using an HPLC to quantify polyphenols in wine grapes.


Alexandra Veverka is double majoring in plant and soil science with a concentration in crop biotechnology and Spanish language and literature. Alex conducted research at Universitat Polticnica de Valencia in biofumigation - using chemicals naturally found in plants to incorporate into the soil and eliminate pests issues.


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.