Combining a passion for science and horticulture has helped Peter Apicella to distinguish himself as a UConn student. Peter took advantage of numerous opportunities from research to athletics to leadership. He provides a prime example of a well-rounded and motivated student. Read more about Peter’s experiences as a UConn student.
What attracted you to UConn? I initially came to UConn because of the financial aid it gave me. I am from New Jersey and the schools there would not have been as good of a value for me as UConn.
What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am a horticulture major. I chose this path because there are a lot of troublesome, but exciting, problems related to food production. I want to be a part of finding the solutions for these problems.
Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs was the most memorable? Why? I recently received an IDEA grant for funding from UConn. I am currently working on research with the Aronia berry. The berry is very high in antioxidants, but it does not taste very good. So, we are breeding it to be more palatable. It has been exciting for me to have such a serious research project in my undergraduate career. I think research is stimulating because you are trying to find something that has never been unveiled before. (more…)