Participant Profiles


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Carly Kanipe

Carly Kanipe, a doctoral immunobiology student at Iowa State, has always known that she would pursue a career in STEM. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Research Participation Program, Kanipe gained valuable hands-on experience conducting quality animal research. Learn more about Carly's experience.

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Giseli Valentini

Giseli Valentini, Ph.D., conducted research at the Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory at the USDA-ARS facility in Beltsville, Maryland. Learn more about Giseli's experience.



Nathan Kemp

Nathan Kemp

In the summer of 2017, as a participant with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Participation Program, Nathan Kemp joined a survey crew assessing gypsy moth populations. Learn more about Nathan's experience.

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Christina Leyson, Ph.D.

Christina Leyson learned the ins and outs of conducting high-quality research to improve animal and food health as a participant in U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program. Learn more about Christina's experience.



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Giulia Tasoniero, Ph.D.

Giulia Tasoniero, Ph.D., had the opportunity to apply her knowledge of food science while a participant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program. Her research on the characteristics of meat is intended to enhance the quality and processes of processed products. Learn more about Giulia's experience.

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Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Sharma investigated antibiotic resistance mechanisms in food borne pathogens while a participant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program. Read more about Poonam.


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Sushim Kumar Gupta, Ph.D.

Through the U.S Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program, Sushim Kumar Gupta, Ph.D., was able to utilize next-generation sequencing methods to control antibiotic resistance. Learn more about Gupta's experience.

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Sakol Julrat, Ph.D.

Sakol Julrat, Ph.D., applied his engineering background to the development of an accurate moisture sensing technique. He is pictured here studying dielectric permittivity measurement on biomass material. Read more about Sakol.


Video Profile: Ioannis Sitaras


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Jimmy Zumba

Jimmy Zumba, PhD, MBA, spent 18 months with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program (USDA ARS RPP) at the Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, investigating the application of Near Infrared (NIR) Spectroscopy to the cotton fiber and textile industry. Learn more about Jimmy's experience.

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Dhondup Lhamo

Dhondup Lhamo studied ways to enhance the properties of natural rubber from the North American guayule plant. The shrub is being investigated as a domestic alternative to petroleum-based synthetic rubber or costly rubber tree imports. Read more about Dhondup.


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Iris Köhler

Iris Köhler spent two years studying the impact of projected carbon dioxide and temperature levels on genetically modified soybean yield. Above, she rests after harvesting soybeans. Read more about Iris.

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Christopher Stephens, Ph.D.

Christopher Stephens learned about avian influenza virus (AIV) as a participant in U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program. Read more about Christopher.