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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 just an internship.

The Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture and 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 in Agriculture 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.

The Lloyd Noble Scholars in Plant Science program provides students the chance to conduct plant science research with mentor scientists in the Noble Research Institute laboratories and greenhouse facilities.

"These scholar programs offer a tremendous learning experience," said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute president and CEO. "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 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 2018 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture are:

  • McKenzie Carvalho, Oklahoma State University, agribusiness and agricultural communications
  • Cole Fagen, Angelo State University, natural resource management
  • Natalie Graff, Texas A&M University, animal science
  • Kelly Kowis, Eastern Oklahoma State College, agriculture economics and farm management
  • Carissa Pickard, Colorado State University, animal science
  • Nicole Sederstrom, University of Wyoming, animal science
  • Chali Simpson, New Mexico State, range and soil science
  • Cresten Sledge, Texas Tech University, wildlife biology
  • Brent Weiss, Delaware Valley University, livestock science

The 2018 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Plant Science are:

  • Kaylynn Ashby, Utah State University, plant science research
  • Caroline Brightbill, College of William and Mary, biology
  • Charlotte Burns, William Jewell College, biology
  • Matthew Cullen, Clemson University, biochemistry
  • Grace Florjancic, Virginia Tech, microbiology
  • Cameron Reed, Southern Illinois University, plant biology
  • Brandon Tidwell, Oklahoma State University, plant and soil science
  • Syed Uddin, University at Buffalo, biotechnology
  • Kwan Yoon, University of Massachusetts, chemical engineering
  • Eric Shyu, University of North Carolina, computer science

Funding for the agriculture scholar program is provided by the Noble Research Institute. Funding for the plant science scholar program is provided by the Noble Research Institute and the National Science Foundation. For more information about the Lloyd Noble Scholar programs, please visit www.noble.org/education/scholar-program.

Lloyd Noble Scholars in AgricultureLloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture (pictured L to R). Front row – Chali Simpson, Natalie Graff, Kelly Kowis, Nicole Sederstrom. Back row – Cole Fagen, Cresten Sledge, Carissa Pickard, and Brent Weiss.
Lloyd Noble Scholars in Plant ScienceLloyd Noble Scholars in Plant Science (pictured L to R). Front row – Grace Florjancic, Cameron Reed, Charlotte Burns, Kaylynn Ashby, and Caroline Brightbill. Back row - Syed Uddin, Mathew Cullen, Brandon Tidwell, Kwan Yoon, and Eric Shyu.

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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