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Noble Research Institute Joins Texas Woman’s University to Bolster Women Pursuing STEM Education, Careers

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute and Texas Woman’s University (TWU) will work together to increase education engagement and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

TWU recently received a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation for its project “Partnerships, Research, Innovation, Mentoring and Engagement (TWU-PRIME).”

TWU-PRIME was developed to increase retention and graduation among student populations typically underrepresented in STEM fields, while engaging key partners who will promote career awareness and provide mentorship to women in STEM.

As part of TWU-PRIME, Noble Research Institute will host two TWU students each year, in either the spring or fall semester. The students will work on a research project submitted by a mentor. Noble will host the first students in the fall 2021 semester.

This project aligns with Noble Research Institute’s youth education outreach program, which engages students and teachers in learning about agriculture and science. Specifically, Noble aims to increase the number of students pursuing college degrees and careers in agriculture and/or STEM fields. Noble’s programming aligns with TWU-PRIME in that it focuses on reinforcing concepts in STEM and equipping students with knowledge and experiences to help them become informed, critical thinkers and problem-solvers.


Scholars working in the labNoble Research Institute and Texas Woman’s University (TWU) will work together to increase education engagement and opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.


“The timing was perfect when we were asked to be a partner on this project. Noble has been looking for ways to provide more STEM opportunities to students as well as to give our postdoctoral scientists the chance to be a mentor. At the same time, this project represents something much more important — providing additional opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEM.”
- Frank Hardin, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute youth education manager

“Noble is providing real laboratory experience for students who may not get the opportunity elsewhere. We know the students will use the knowledge they learn as they continue their education and move into careers. We are grateful to partner with Noble.”
- Diana Elrod, Ph.D., project principal investigator and TWU Center for Student Research director

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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