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.

Projects

There are several institutions collaborating with the seven projects.  The institutions include:  University of Puerto Rico, Florida International University, 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)

Dr. Steven Chumbley (steven.chumbley@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Jose F. Espiritu (jose.espiritu@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Heidi Taboada (heidi.taboada@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Veronica Ancona (veronica.ancona@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Joel Reyes-Cabrera (joel.cabrera@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Humberto Perotto (humberto.perotto@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Evan Tanner (evan.tanner@tamuk.edu)

Dr. Natasha Mast (natasha.mast@tamuk.edu)

Project Directors and Co-Project Directors

GO START NOW

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

AgriCULTURE

  • Project Director:  Dr. Maria Hernandez-Velez
  • Co-PDs:  Dr. Rudolf Bohm, Dr. Consuelo Donato, Dr. Tanner Machado, and Dr. Shad Nelson

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

MSPEAL

  • Project Director: Dr. Tanner Machado
  • Co-PDs:  Dr. Consuelo Donato, Dr. Randy Stanko, Dr. Michelle Garcia, Dr. Jason Apple, and Dr. Shad Nelson

Drone WAVE FACTOR

  • Project Director:  Dr. Humberto Perotto
  • Co-PDs:  Dr. Consuelo Donato, Dr. Evan Tanner, and Dr. Natasha Mast

Connecting the Dots in the Global Fresh Produce Market

  • Project Director:  Dr. Veronica Ancona
  • Co-PDs:  Dr. Consuelo Donato, and Dr. Joel Reyes-Cabrera

Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship: A Binational (U.S. - Brazil) Faculty and Student Exchange Program

  • Project Director:  Dr. Jose F. Espiritu
  • Co-PDs:  Dr. Consuelo Donato, Dr. Oswaldo Aguirre, Dr. Heidi Taboada, and Dr. Shad Nelson

2017-Locations

Upcoming Events

  • Will be updated soon.

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)

GO START NOW

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Edgar Cortez---Costa Rica
Julianna Leal---Costa Rica
Mathew Cantu---Costa Rica
Clarissa Villareal---Costa Rica
Alejandra Pena-Davila---Costa Rica

AgriCULTURE

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Geovanna Cavazos---Puerto Rico
Esmeralda Hernandez---Puerto Rico
Mia Martinez---Puerto Rico
Eva Morgan---Puerto Rico
April Rios---Puerto Rico
Leticia Robles---Puerto Rico
Abcde Cirilo---Puerto Rico
Faith Escamilla--Puerto Rico
Adan Martinez---Puerto Rico
Brianna Jimenez--Puerto Rico

MSPEAL

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Erik Velazquez---Colombia, South America
Myrka Gonzalez---Colombia, South America
Brianna Gonzalez---Colombia, South America
Nayery Rocha---Colombia, South America
Margarita Aguero---Colombia, South America
Aaliyah Garcia---Premont, TX
Mary Godfrey---Sinton, TX
Mariangels Gonzalez---Brenham, TX
Julia Warren---Falfurius, TX
Caitlin Willson---San Antonio, TX

START NOW

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Coming Soon

UAS

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Coming Soon

STEP 2

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Coming Soon

NRCS

Student Name---Career Experience Location

Emily-Rubene De Leon---Lincoln, NE
Krystal Lopez-Washburn---Kansas
Gabriel Aguilar---Curtis, NE
Josie Chapa---Iola, KS
Amberly Zaragoza---Sergeant Bluff, IA
Erik Zamora---Wibaux, MT
Javier Segovia---Mandan, ND
Elias Cortez---Dakota City, NE
Leslie Raya---Richland Center, WI
Susanne Torres---Clinton, TN

START NOW

2019:  Student Name---Career Experience Locatoin

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

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

2019:  Student Name---Career Experience Location

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

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

2019:  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

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---Beltsville, MD

NRCS

2019:  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, KS
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

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

2019:  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 Gonzalez---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

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 Collings, 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