The World Food Prize Foundation

2010 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, sixteen interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, 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. 

Avanthi Ajjarapu

Ames, IA

International Potato Center (CIP) in
Lima, PERU

Zoe Anderson 

Trumansburg, NY 

Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural
Research (EMBRAPA) in Londrina,

Kyle Bohrer

Medford, MN

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Maria Chickering

Long Grove, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU)
in Beijing, CHINA

Trisha Collins

Pleasantville, IA

International Livestock Research
Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa,

Leah Lucas

Holy Cross, IA

International Crops Research Institute
for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
in Patancheru, INDIA

Tamara Marcus

Cedar Rapids, IA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)
in Tainan, TAIWAN


Molly McKneight

Carmel, IN

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


Jenna Moser

Philadelphia, PA

M.S. Swaminathan Research
Foundation (MSSRF) in Chennai, INDIA


Ryan Pratt

College Station, TX 

China National Hybrid Rice
Research & Development Center
(CNHRRDC) in Changsha,


Donovan Richardson

Creston, IA

Chinese Academy of Agricultural
Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, CHINA

Adam Riesselman

Manilla, IA 

International Maize & Wheat
Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in El Batán, MEXICO

Claire Runquist

Melbourne, IA 

The World Vegetable Center
Regional Center (AVRDC) for South
Asia in Patancheru, INDIA

Sydney Schrider

Arlington, VA

African Insect Science for Food and
Health (ICIPE) in Nairobi, KENYA


Callie Schultes

Rolfe, IA

International Rice Research
Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, PHILIPPINES

Lincoln Wells

Storm Lake, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement
Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

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