Nguyen, a sophomore from Ho Chi Minh City, is one of dozens of UW-Stout students who have benefited or will benefit from nearly $400,000 in grants that UW-Stout received in 2022 from the Freshwater Collaborative.
Here’s what Nguyen said about her experience at the ERIC lab:
UW-Stout: Why did you want to work in ERIC?
An Nguyen: I was looking for a summer internship because I want to gain professional skills as well as figure out if I would like to work in a lab in the future.
UW-Stout: What projects did you work on and what skills did you gain from that work?
Nguyen: I took part in biogas testing, compost testing, bacteria testing and hydroponics. For biogas potential testing, I read gas volume and analyzed the portion of the gases in the eudio tubes. Regarding compost testing, I did total solid and volatile solid testings. To test for bacteria, we used media to examine the presence of coliforms in drinking water and surface water.
I grew tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and lettuce on a hydroponics system and learned how to set up the system and keep track of its pH, electronic conductivity, temperature, nitrate and nitrite frequently in order to adjust the amount of nutrients added.