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Scholars join Noble Research Institute for summer of learning

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ARDMORE, Okla. Each summer, the Noble Research Institute provides more than a dozen college students with a life-changing experience, not an internship.

The Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture and the Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science programs provide elite college students from across the United States with an opportunity to work side-by-side with Noble Research Institute staff in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The Lloyd Noble Scholars program offers students the opportunity to work alongside agricultural professionals in six core areas of expertise: animal science and livestock management, agricultural economics, horticulture, range and pasture management, soils and crops, and wildlife and fisheries. Noble Summer Research Scholars conduct plant science research with mentor scientists in the laboratories and greenhouse facilities of the Noble Research Institute.

"These scholar programs offer a tremendous learning experience," said Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Research Institute. "The students are given the rare opportunity to work in a real-world setting; learn from some of the best minds in their selected fields; and make contributions that can actually impact the scientific community, agricultural producers and even consumers."

Students selected for either program must demonstrate academic merit, and they must complete a rigorous application and interview process. "When you see these students on our campus, you know they are some of the best this generation has to offer," Buckner said.

The 2016 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture are:

  • Abby Biedenbach, University of Idaho, agricultural economics, animal science-dairy production and mathematics
  • Christopher Gillespie, Michigan State University, crop and soil sciences, agronomic science
  • Bray Haven, Oklahoma State University, agricultural business
  • Hammons Hepner, Oklahoma State University, agricultural economics and finance
  • Zach Johnson, Texas A&M University, wildlife ecology and conservation
  • Kayla Mercer, University of Florida, animal science
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Pennsylvania State University, animal science
  • Alec Ritzell, Sul Ross University, natural resources management
  • Callie Zoeller, Oklahoma State University, plant and soil science

The 2016 Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science are:

  • Christina Chiu, Clemson University, plant and environmental sciences
  • Thilani Jayakody, Michigan State University, plant biology/genomics, molecular genetics
  • Sarah Oliver, Oklahoma State University, biochemistry
  • Michael Passalacqua, Rice University, biological sciences
  • Tara Watkins, Western Kentucky University, biochemistry and agriculture

For more information about the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, visit noble.org/noble-scholar or contact Amy Hays at 580-224-6521. For more information about the Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science program, visit noble.org/summer-scholar or contact Frank Hardin at 580-224-6215.

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 regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with 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.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

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