January Graduate

Crystal Tulley-Cordova

Blue Gap, AZ
University of Utah
GPA 3.882


Community Leadership:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society Board of Directors member (2014-2016)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society Senior National Student Representative (March  2015-November 2016)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society Junior National Student Representative (November 2014- March 2015)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society Region 3 Student Representative (March 2014-  March 2015)
  • President and mentor, Society of Native American Graduate Students (2013-2015)
  • Volunteer, Science Fridays at the U (2013-2014)
  • Science Fair Judge, Salt Lake City School District Science Fairs (2013-2015)
  • Mentor, American Indian Science and Engineering Society-Utah Chapter (2012-2013)
  • Vice President, University of New Mexico-Association of Water Professionals (2008-2009)
  • Secretary, University of New Mexico Geology Club (2005-2006)


Crystal Tulley-Cordova grew up on the Navajo Nation; the vast area where she grew up afforded her the opportunity to be an explorer and scientist. Her interest in science began in the fourth grade with a water filtration science project.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Master of Water Resources with a concentration in Hydroscience from the University of New Mexico. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah. Her research interests include learning more about the interactions of precipitation, surface and ground waters.  For the past three years, she has led water research projects collaborating with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Navajo Nation Water Management Branch examining precipitation at 40 sites, and ground water at 200 well sites. Last year Crystal was recognized for her research and awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship.  Aside from being in school, Crystal has worked at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, CH2M HILL, former NM Senator Jeff Bingaham’s Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Bryant Middle School, Highland Park and Escalante Elementary Schools.  In 2014, she was awarded a Sequoyah Fellowship and third place for her research from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and an Environmental Science/Studies award for her research from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.