The World Food Prize Foundation

2009 Borlaug-Ruan Interns

An all-expense-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides exceptional high school students the opportunity to work with world renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

In the Summer of 2010, fourteen interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking field and laboratory-based research.

Each intern develops a research report documenting their personal experiences and the outcomes of their research projects. To read their research papers, select the name of a Borlaug-Ruan Intern below.

Justine Cheng 

West Des Moines, IA

Sarah Dillard 
Spencer, IA

International Maize & Wheat
Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in
Ankara, TURKEY

​​​​​​​Ellen Franzenburg 

Van Horne, IA


Linda Geiger 

New Hartford, IA


DeAndré Harper 

Marietta, GA 


Joe-Ann Moser 

Omaha, NE 


William Rooney 

College Station, TX


Danika Schaaf

Des Moines, IA

Lauren Schefter 

Mount Vernon, IA


Christopher Sievers

Albert City, IA 
Arden Hills, MN


Meera Sury

Roseville, MN


Allison Zhao

San Diego, CA
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