Monica Carvalho Alves

Contact number:(774)-994-9231|


During the 2014-2015 I will be continuing my third year of undergraduate education at Simmons College, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Much of my research interest lies in water quality and the health hazards associated to a population’s consumption. While this may be my specific interest at the moment, I have hopes to spread my experience in renewable energy and the sustainability as a whole in both urban and rural communities.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Environmental Science and Public Health | 2012- 2016(expected) | SImmons college

  • Major: Environmental Science and Public Health
  • Minor: Sustainability My minor in sustainability explores the emerging recognition that current human activity is putting unsustainable pressure on resources and natural systems on which human existence depends, often with the most negative impact on the most vulnerable members of society.

Study Abroad Semester | 2014 | The Minzu University of China

EnvironmentalCultural + Economic Sustainability in BeijingChina

In the Spring Semester of my undergraduate sophomore year, I participated in a Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability program. This programs introduced me to the critical field of sustainability through lecture, discussion, student research, and first-hand experiential activities in Beijing, China.

This program, while exposing me to a new cultural dynamic, also allowed me to explore the field of sustainability and the urgent need for sustainable practices for the well-being of human societies, and for the potential of continued benefits from economic growth long term. In order for this to be accomplished, an understanding of the “three-pillar” model of sustainability is necessary, articulating the critical need to balance environmental, sociocultural, and economic needs in development. Further details on my research can be found on my WordPress.

Research Experience:

Group Researcher

Simmons College                            

October 2014 – December 2014 (3 months)  Boston, MA

Our group measured chromium and lead concentrations along the Muddy River Restoration Project in the Fenway District of Boston, Massachusetts. Soil samples were taken along the river and an XRF machine was used to measure these two elements in parts per million (ppm).


Independent Research

Simmons College Chemistry Department

October 2012 – December 2012 (3 months) Greater Boston, Ma

  • This experiment was conducted to observe how different methods (microwaving and boiling) of cooking may change the nutritional value of the food one consumes.
  • Various elements were found using the X-ray fluorescence. Three elements, potassium, calcium, and iron in particular were compared analyzing the change in the nutritional value of both regular and baby spinach

Research Assistant

Simmons College Chemistry Department                                                                                             

September 2012-December 2012 (4 months) Boston, Ma

  • Aid to Michael L. Berger, Associate Professor in the Simmons College Chemistry Department
  • Analysis of Contaminants, including Copper, Arsenic, Mercury, and Lead in Muddy River Sites Using Portable XRF Instrumentation.

Project presented at Bridgewater State University on December 2012

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