"The program is geared toward enhancing two things that I was working on within myself: leadership, and networking. It was a natural choice for me due to my research interests and career development."
Chelsea Tyus is a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University. Learn about what Chelsea hopes to gain from CABLE, her struggle in deciding between academia and industry, and why why she considers herself a jack of all trades.
Q: What university are you attending and what are you studying?
Chelsea: At Louisiana State University (LSU), I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Nutrition & Food Sciences. My research is “Characterizing a co-culture of microalgae for use in food ingredients by analyzing its proteins, carbohydrates, and phospholipids.” Algae is a robust natural resource!
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When I’m not in the lab or researching. I enjoy traveling (Costa Rica, and Bali are next on my travel list), reading novels/science fiction, watching an action movie or show, trying new restaurants, and blogging. I also volunteer with a higher education program called the Infinite Scholar Program. I’m a jack of all trades.
Q: What attracted you to CABLE and what do you hope to gain from your experience?
CABLE is an excellent way for me to explore a hot topic in my field while meeting like-minded future leaders. The program is geared toward enhancing two things that I was working on within myself: leadership, and networking. It was a natural choice for me due to my research interests and career development.
Q:What are your career aspirations?
Currently, I am torn between academia and the food science/biotechnology industry. I have quality assurance and regulatory background in the food science industry. I’d like to transition my career into a research scientist role.
Q: How do you think CABLE can help you in achieving your professional goals?
CABLE will allow me more insight into the bioeconomy and sustainable resources industry. I have some ideas about what working for a biotechnology company is like, but meeting CEOs/employees is a huge benefit. I will be able to network and ask them if someone with my skills and background could be of use in their company. I am a lifelong learner, so to me, gaining information and experience are invaluable. This is what CABLE is bringing to the table for me.