Nayeli Lozano

More Than Meets the Eye

Over several years of experience through internships and research, I have learned that science has more to offer than meets the eye. I was able to explore and identify my interests through the practice of farming, research, or the study of insects. I’d like to share my few experiences, yet there is an abundance of careers and opportunities science has to offer.

Growing up my dream job was farming because I was fascinated by my father's knowledge and work out in the orchards. In 2014 that interest shifted to outdoor education and restoration projects. This was due to my involvement with the Student and Landowner Education and Stewardship (SLEWS) Program at Center for Land-Based Learning, which is focused on those topics. SLEWS provides students with field days that allows them to learn and volunteer through a hands-on experience outside of a classroom. All of which gave the participants the opportunity to gain skills, learn to work as a team, listen, and incorporate different ideas into one. I believe that every school should be given funding to be able to incorporate SLEWS or a similar program where students have the opportunity to be in the field. Field days involved setting out irrigation systems, planting native and non-native plants and even building bird boxes! As we were doing these tasks, we were educated on the how and why of our activities. Typically on the last field day SLEWS invites experts from various career backgrounds which lets us learn about different careers and at the same time we how to network.

Later in 2015, I became an intern in the SLEWS program. As an intern, I provided support for Caring for our Watersheds, SLEWS, and The FARMS (Farming, Agriculture and Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership Program both in the office and during field trips. During that time I gained valuable skills while at the same time further explored science. I learned about lichen and found a new interest in insects through a small project on monarch butterflies where I observed their life-cycle. This led me to apply for the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program at UC Berkeley in 2016 and got hired. Days in the field differed from days in the lab. Field days were spent gathering data and learning the technique to netting and soap traps. Lab days were spent in the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis where I learned that there are around 20,000 bee species and they come in a variety of colors! This apprenticeship shifted my interest into research and entomology!

Nayeli Lozano
Nayeli Lozano
Nayeli Lozano,
Sophomore at Sonoma State University majoring in Environmental Studies and Planning with a minor in Biology

I am now in my sophomore year at Sonoma State University working towards my bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Planning with a minor in Biology. I still continue to discover new careers and opportunities through new experiences. I have interned for the Sonoma State Biology Department for two years doing museum prep work of specimens which include dissection, skeleton preparation, and assembly. I’m also a part of a research project, which studies American bullfrogs eating diet by looking into the diversity of their gut and class within the gut.

Overall science has permitted me to explore many opportunities and identify my interests, grow as an individual, and gain important skills that I can use on a day to day basis or in a future career. Once I earn my bachelor’s degree, I plan to continue my education and pursue a master’s degree. As I study and gain experience, I realize the fascinating prospects that are opened to me as a professional. I still have to make up my mind on the track I will follow. But whatever I decide, I know that a career in science is where I belong!

The West Sacramento Bayer Crop Science site has been a long supporter of the Center for Land-Based Learning, an organization that cultivates opportunity for youth, for agriculture, for business, for the environment with the focus on growing new farmers, workforce development, and exposing high school students to agriculture. We are proud to feature Ms. Lozano, her experience and success in these tremendous programs.
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