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Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership


Melissa Johnson (Oneida Nation)

Master's Student

Field of Study:     Tree Biotechnology

Hometown:          Oneida, Wisconsin

Education:           2009 - Associate Applied Science Landscape Horticulture Technician
                           Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College

                           2011 - B.S. Agriculture with an emphasis in Tropical Horticulture,
                           Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture, University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI

Research Focus:  Genetic transformation of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)
                           for resistance to Emerald Ash Borer

Major Advisor:      Dr. Paula Pijut, Forestry & Natural Resources

Professional Organization Membership:

American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), Purdue Chapter

Hardwood Tree Improvement & Regeneration Center (HTIRC)

Native American Student Association (NASA), Purdue University

Honors, Grants, Awards and Activities:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Recipient