Nicole A. Benally (Navajo)

Master's Student

Field of Study

Agronomy and Soil Science


Ganado, AZ


2016, B. S. in Agriculture: Soil Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

Research Focus

Soil health properties in relevance to using a conservational practice, known as cover crops, on farm sites located in Indiana. In partnership with the Conservational Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) Project. 

Major Advisor

Dr. Eileen J. Kladivko, Professor of Agronomy 

Professional Organizations:

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

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Crop Science Society of America (CCSA)

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)      

Honors, Grants, Awards and Activities:  

2017 - Present, Agronomy Graduate Student Representative

2016 - Present, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Recipient

2012 - Present, Gates Millennium Scholar

2017, Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Recipient

2015, American Indian Program Scholarship Recipient

2015, Dora Blossom Gile Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2015, Mary Frances Mexal Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2014, American Indian Program Scholarship Recipient

2014, John Harrington Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2013, Dora Blossom Gile Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2013, American Indian Program Scholarship Recipient

2013, Monsanto Future of Agriculture Scholarship Recipient

2012, Buick’s Scholarship Recipient


Nicole A. Benally (Navajo)

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