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Scholars join Noble Research Institute for summer of learning

Posted Jun. 28, 2017

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 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 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 2017 Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture are:

  • Samantha Beard, University of Tennessee, Martin, agricultural communications
  • Shelby Crockett, San Angelo State University, wildlife and range
  • Cody Dean, Oklahoma State University, agricultural education
  • Megan Devuyst, Oklahoma State University, agribusiness
  • Josh Hanson, Oregon State University, rangeland ecology
  • Samantha Howe, Oklahoma State University, animal science
  • Barrett Moore, Louisiana Tech University, agribusiness
  • Megan Prokop, Texas A&M University, animal science
  • Allie Williams, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, animal science


The 2017 Noble Summer Research Scholars in Plant Science are:

  • Grant Billings, Michigan State University, crop and soil sciences
  • Katherine Chang, University of California, San Diego, bioengineering, biotechnology
  • Sarah Dysinger, New Mexico State University, genetics and bioinformatics
  • Katherine Fisher, University of Nevada, biotechnology
  • Greta Rockstad, University of Minnesota, genetics, cell biology and development
  • Ethan Thibault, University of Vermont, plant biology


For more information about the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program, visit www.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 www.noble.org/summer-scholar or contact Frank Hardin at 580-224-6215.

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