Meet Keren Cepero

Keren Cepero
Keren Cepero







Keren Cepero attended the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Environmental Science, but had considered graduate school an “almost unachievable” goal. She participated in the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program at NC State over the course of two summers. During the first summer she studied the water quality in the Cary Watershed, and during the second summer she studied “the Nitrogen Yield of four watersheds in Puerto Rico and the land cover changes during the last 30 years.”

Cepero’s experiences in the AGEP program during her senior year were the first chances she had to apply the knowledge that she had acquired during her undergraduate education “The first time I collected my water samples, I almost cried because I was so happy that I was studying what I really wanted to do.”

Currently, she is working on a Master’s degree in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Science at NC State, with the eventual goal of earning a Ph.D. Her focus is on “trying to improve a flash floods forecast model, and it is related in some way with what I did in AGEP because I am using the same tools, like the Geographic Information System (GIS).”

When asked what she liked most about the Raleigh area, Keren Cepero responded that “the people here are amazing!” Beyond the advertised benefits of the AGEP program, Cepero was also able to develop a local support network. She made many friends who “. . . are my extended family and help me continue my studies far from home.”