Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Research

USDA-TAMUK Career Experience Program


Thanks to USDA and USDA-HSI funding, students have the opportunity to gain technical skills in science and research through career experiences.  Currently, Texas A&M University—Kingsville has seven USDA Projects that fund undergraduates to pursue internships in their fields of interest that relate to careers in agricultural, biological and food industry fields.  The projects are designed to enhance the educational programs of outstanding students that are capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agricultural, and natural resource scientific and professional work force.

USDA Projects

There are over 8 institutions collaborating with the five projects.  The institutions include:  University of Puerto Rico, Florida International University, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, The University of Texas-El Paso, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M Soltis Center for Education and Research-Costa Rica.

TAMUK Faculty/Staff Contact Information

Dr. Shad Nelson (shad.nelson@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Randy Stanko (randy.stando@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Tanner Machado (tanner.machado@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Consuelo Donato (consuelo.donato@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Greta Schuster (greta.schuster@tamuk.edu)

Project Directors and Co-Project Directors

START NOW

  • Lead Institution:  Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    • Project Director:  Dr. Shad Nelson
    • Co-PDs:  Dr. Greta Schuster, Dr. Randy Stanko, and Dr. Tanner Machado
  • Collaborators
    • Florida International University--Lead Collaborator: Dr. K. Jayachandran
    • University of Texas-El Paso--Lead Collaborator: Dr. H. Taboada
    • University of Puerto Rico--Lead Collaborator: Dr. D. Sotomayor

STEP 2

  • Lead Institution:  University of Texas-Pan American
    • Project Director:  Dr. Robert Gilkerson
    • Co-PD:  Dr. Michael Persans
  • Collaborators
    • Texas A&M University-Kingsville--Lead Collaborator: Dr. Randy Stanko; Co-Collaborators: Dr. Shad Nelson, and Dr. Tanner Machado
    • Texas State Technical College--Lead Collaborator: Norberto Mendoza
    • South Texas College--Lead Collaborator: Dr. Keith Murray; Co-Collaborator: Steven Schneider

Wheels of Change

  • Lead Institution:  University of Texas-El Paso
  • Collaborators
    • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    • New Mexico State University
    • El Paso Community College
    • Dona Ana Community College
    • Galveston College

UAS

  • Lead Institution:  Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Collaborators
    • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
    • Texas A&M AgriLife

NRCS

  • Lead Institution:  Texas A&M University-Kingsville 
    • Project Dirctor: Dr. Tanner Machado
    • Co-PDs: Dr. Shad Nelson, Dr. Randy Stanko, Dr. Consuelo Donato, and Dr. Greta Schuster
  • Collaborators
    • University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez--Dr. David Sotomayor

2017-Locations

Upcoming Events

Past Events

  • Summer Career Experience (Internship) Presentations open to public (September 20, 2017; 5:00-7:30pm; Kleberg Ag Rm 102)
  • UAS students are enrolled in classes for Drones (Fall 2017)
  • START NOW students traveled to Costa Rica for a Workshop at TAMU Soltis Center (June 19th-July 2nd, 2017)
  • Summer Career Experience (Internship) Presentations open to public (September 13, 2016; 5:00-7:00pm; Kleberg Ag Rm 122)

START NOW

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Annalysa Camacho---Costa Rica & Montana
Cristina Castellano---Beltsville, MD
Cynthia Covarrubias---Laredo, TX
Desiderio De Leon---Costa Rica & Montana
Leslie Dominguez---Laredo, TX
Julio Menchaca--Uvalde, TX
Ashley Mondragon---Rosenberg, TX
Jonah Trevino---Kingsville, TX
Allison Watts--Costa Rica & Montana

UAS

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Hunter Carroll---Fort Worth, TX
Virgilio Gomez---Corpus Christi, TX
Jesus Lopez---Weslaco, TX
Victoria Trevino--Weslaco, TX

STEP 2

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Mark Belew---Kingsville, Tx
Robin Cheek---Clay Center, NE
Andrea Companian---Clay Center, NE
Jason Loghry---Alaska
Gisel Mireles---Beltsville, MD
Cailin Wong-Jaramillo---Beltsville, MD
Rory Vineyard---Kingsville, TX

NRCS

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Justin Briones---Columbia, MO
Kristina Cardenas---Davis, CA
Carlos Cavazos---Puerto Rico & Texas
Tori Davis---Puerto Rico & Texas
Adam Fonner---Russell, KS
Tessa Green---Holdrege, NE
Tenley Housler---Puerto Rico & Texas
Jennifer Mendez---Beaver, OK
Alexander Meza---Puerto Rico & Texas
Mercedes Ortega---Concordia, KS
Ayla Rangel---St. Peters, MO
Yolanda Reyes---Logan, UT
Derek Solis---Puerto Rico & Texas
Nathan Young---Sheridan, WY

WHEELS OF CHANGE

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Arianna Cantu---Linn, TX
Nora Carrillo---Beltsville, MD
Shelby Davis---Victoria, TX
Juan Elissetche---Alamo, TX
Gabriela Garcia---Port La Vaca, TX
Daisy Gonzales---Puerto Rico
Richard Hernandez---Weslaco, TX
Kaitlyn Hessek---Pilot Point, TX
Autum Hooker---Namibia, Africa
Bradley Johnston---Corvallis, OR
Kayla Milam---Laredo, TX
Leanna Morin---Corvallis, OR
Daniela Nieves---Beltsville, MD
Pablo Ramos---Corpus Christi, TX
Isabel Valdez---Taft, TX

START NOW

2018:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Leslie Dominguez---Costa Rica
Michaela Elber---Beltsville, MD
Christopher Flores-Lopez---Costa Rica
Michael Gonzales---Houston, TX
Zachary Hamaker---Washington, D.C.
Ashley Mondragon---Costa Rica
Gudalupe Rodriguez---Robstown, TX
Nikki Sandigde---Kerville, TX
Jonah Trevino---Washington, D.C.

2017:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Weston Burns---Costa Rica
Gerardo Mata---Laredo, TX
Elisha Palomo---Rosenberg, TX
Cynthia Puente---Costa Rica
Valerie Ruiz---Eagle Pass, TX
Jonah Trevino---Costa Rica

UAS

2018:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

David Esparza---Corpus Christi, TX
Julio Gutierrez---Corpus Christi, TX
Michael Page---Dallas, TX
Elsa Wiley---Weslaco, TX

2017:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Eutimio Alaniz---Corpus Christi, TX
Christopher Flores-Lopez---Weslaco, TX
Christina Lee---Corpus Christi, TX
Guadalupe Rodriguez---Corpus Christi, TX
George Thomas III---Beltsville, MD

STEP 2

2018:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Miguel Cervantes---Clay Center, NE
Su-yin Davison---Caracal, Botswana
Cody Hay---Texas
Recca Heiner---Carcal, Botswana
Richard Kaiser---Caracal, Botswana
Nina Lazaro---Kingsville, TX
Valerie Ruiz---Beltsville, MD
Miranda Tellez---Fort Collins, CO

2017:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Jorge Chavarria---Beltsville, MD
Arlene Cortez---Fort Collins, CO
Dominique Hernandez---Beltsville, MD
Kole Jean---Faytteville, TN
Miriam Rico---Beltsvillve, MD

NRCS

2018:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Julia Burchsted---Kirksville, MO
Scott Cardenas---Columbia, MO
Rae Deherrera---Logan, UT
Isabella Farias---Sioux City, IA
Miranda Farias---Boise, ID
Gilberto Hurtado---Afton, WY
Taylor McKinney---Liberal, KS
Travis Opiela---Scottsbluff, NE
Erika Rodriguez---Casper, WY
Adrianne Sullivan---Cherokee, OK

2017:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

Lazaro Bazaldua---Riverton, WY
David Campbell---Many, LA
Victoria Gutierrez---Tremonton, UT
Cassidy Hoyle---Columbia, MO
Sandra Reyes---Holdrege, NE
Doss Summers---Boise, ID

Wheels of Change

2018:  Student Names---Career Experience Location

Jeanette Casanova---Weslaco, TX
Crisantos Casares---Weslaco, TX
Jacqueline Cruz---Kingsville, TX
Kendrah De Leon---Beltsville, MD
Guadalupe Garza---Lexington, NE
Matthew Garza---Weslaco, TX
Joe Gonzalez---Fort Collins, CO & Vermont
Nathanael Hernandez---Galveston, TX
Hyden Kovar---Fort Collins, CO
Lupita Leon---Taft, TX
Marco Urive---Texas
Loerena Villanueva---Beltsville, MD

2017:  Student Names---Career Experience Location

Alexandrea Almazan---Beltsville, MD
Andrea Castillo---New Braunfels, TX
Hallie Davis---Raymondville, TX
Ashley De La Torre---Beltsville, MD
Gabriella Garcia---Florida
Perla Liscano---Austin, TX
Raelene Mendez---Weslaco, TX
Kassandra Montes---Edinburg, TX
Spencer Smith---Robstown, TX
Dagan Teague---Weslaco, TX
Matthew Townsend---Kingsville, TX
Shelbie van Beveren---Scandia, MN