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Rodriguez to Attend Career Preparation Institute

NDSU Plant Sciences M.S. student Adriana Rodriguez was chosen to attend the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Career Preparation Institute (CPI) in Costa Mesa, CA, in March.
Rodriguez to Attend Career Preparation Institute

Adriana Rodriguez

North Dakota State University M.S. student Adriana Rodriguez has been selected into the United States Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) funded grant award program Connecting Underrepresented Latinos to Integrate Values and Academic Resources (CULTIVAR) Project and will attend the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Career Preparation Institute (CPI) in Costa Mesa, CA, March 5-8.

The CPI is designed to help young Hispanic scholars transition from academics to careers in food and agricultural sciences. The conference brochure states that the CPI objective is to “showcase, promote, nurture, network and prepare USDA fellows for doctoral programs and/or workforce in the food and agricultural sciences.” Professional development and networking are key components of the conference.

Rodriguez says her “two very good friends from Puerto Rico who are also working in agriculture research” recommended her for the CULTIVAR and CPI experience.

Rodriguez is completing her M.S. studies with Dr. Asunta Thompson in the Department of Plant Sciences and will graduate in May. She grew up in Puerto Rico, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and began her M.S. work at NDSU in 2011. She also worked as a summer intern for Dr. Thompson in 2009 (see Plant Sciences Collaborative Ph.D. Program Hosts Interns).  

The CPI is sponsored by the USDA-NIFA, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the AAHHE.


Editor's addition, April 17, 2014

Rodriguez's reaction to the conference when she returned: "It was the best conference I have ever attended," said Rodriguez. "The conference made networking possible and helped [attendees] create our own support system with professors and people from different agencies like USDA and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Now graduate school is not a far-fetched, impossible dream. It gave us hope and tools to continue forward."

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson,  701-231-7123,

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