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Scholar Q&A

Posted Oct. 11, 2018

Meet some of the college students who joined the Noble team for a summer as Lloyd Noble Scholars.

McKenzie Carvalho

McKenzie Carvalho

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture
What have you enjoyed most about this summer?

The Noble Research Institute serves as a way to showcase what producers do and to solve problems producers face. We’ve learned about everything Noble is doing and helped by working on things we’re passionate about. I’ve loved getting to learn how that ties to helping producers.

How has this internship been valuable to you?

There are a lot of internships out there, but at Noble it’s a different experience. This is not your typical internship. I’ve done hands-on projects. I’ve visited farms. I’ve learned how my work is relevant to the field.

Cameron Reed

Cameron Reed

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Plant Science
What did you expect when you came to the Noble Research Institute?

I had to look up Ardmore, Oklahoma. But when I came here I was so impressed with the facilities and how great the people are.

Why is what the Noble Research Institute does important?

The Noble Research Institute is vital because we need to feed a growing population with bigger constraints. The only way to do that is with the research we are doing here at Noble. This research is going to save a lot of lives and make the planet more sustainable. It means a lot to me to come here and conduct research that helps the world.

Natalie Graff

Natalie Graff

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture
What has your experience at the Noble Research Institute been like?

My experience with the Noble Research Institute has been unbelievable, beyond anything I could have thought. All the people have been so nice and helpful. Everyone has been welcoming and made our learning experience a top priority here.

What has impressed you about the Noble Research Institute?

I would say the most impressive thing about Noble is the generosity. The Noble Research Institute’s goal is to be stewards of the land and to help producers do the best they can. They present agriculture in the best light and tell our story to people who don’t know about it.

Chali Simpson

Chali Simpson

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture
What has your experience with the Noble Research Institute been like?

This has been one of my greatest summers. All the experiences and connections I’ve made here have given me a direction I want to go with my career. I thought I wanted to go into research. However, after going on farm visits and talking with the consultants, I think consulting is where my heart is.

What would you say to someone who has never heard of the Noble Research Institute?

I would tell people to come visit. You have to see it to believe it. This place is such an outstanding opportunity for research and agriculture. It makes you a stronger voice for agriculture.

Matthew Cullen

Matthew Cullen

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Plant Science
What impressed you about the Noble Research Institute?

I was expecting this internship to be similar to the ones I had done previously, but I was blown away by the facilities here. It exceeded my expectations. It’s been a big deal to be a part of the mission of the Noble Research Institute. It feels incredible to work on a crop that is needed by farmers and ranchers.

How has this internship prepared you professionally?

This internship has helped me to learn a lot of new lab techniques. Lots of times in teaching labs you get one try and don’t have an opportunity to fix mistakes. Here I actually had time to try things again until I mastered them.

Kelly Kowis

Kelly Kowis

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture
What has impressed you most about the Noble Research Institute?

What has impressed me most is the positivity and the environment here. It’s been phenomenal. I love it.

How does the Noble Research Institute stand out?

They care about producers and about sharing how they can improve their agricultural practices. You can see a sigh of relief after a producer gets advice from a consultant. The consultants walk them through solutions. This is real-world application. What Noble does is immensely important for the agricultural side and the environment. It’s also important for the people. The people are the most important part.

Syed Uddin

Syed Uddin

Lloyd Noble Scholar in Plant Science
How has your time at the Noble Research been valuable to you?

My time at the Noble Research Institute changed me completely. I became a more patient person, both in and outside the laboratory. One scholar taught me to live with positivity. Another trained me to use more precision in my work. And I learned plants are cool. I had never worked with plants before.

How has your mentor helped you?

My mentor encouraged me throughout my entire time here. I also got to meet some big-time scientists and learn how they think.

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