Alana Rodriguez earned her first bachelor’s degree from New York University: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is currently a senior at FIU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a focus on Agri-Science as well as a Certificate in Agroecology. During the spring of 2017, she also served as the President of the Garden Club. She is currently interning in Jamaica with Yerba Buena distilling essential oils from medicinal plants under the supervision of Agape Adams. As a scholar in the BASE program, Alana performed research on the application of optical sensor technology to poinsettias in order to advise on better fertilizer management regimes under the mentorship of Dr. Amir Khoddamzadeh and Graduate Research Assistant, Ariel Freidenreich.