Karletta Chief, associate professor and associate specialist in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, has been recognized as a 2018 National TRIO Achiever by the Council for Opportunity in Education. Chief and seven other honorees were recognized Sept. 13 at the council's annual conference, held in New York City.
The Council for Opportunity in Education is a national nonprofit organization that aims to expand college opportunities for low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities. Its National TRIO Achiever honor is named after the U.S. Department of Education's Federal TRIO programs, which provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The honor recognizes TRIO program alumni who have made "remarkable contributions to their professions."
Chief is an alumna of Upward Bound, a TRIO program that serves high school students from low-income families or those whose parents didn't graduate from college. Her research aims to improve the understanding of watershed hydrology. Chief, who is Diné, or a member of the Navajo Nation, also connects Native American communities to relevant scientific research through her work as an extension specialist. She has been on the UA faculty since 2011.