The World Food Prize Foundation

2011 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 2011, eighteen 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.

Shraddha Batra

Clive, IA

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

Sarah Brandsen

Pella, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Sarah Cox

Chillicothe, OH

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tainan, TAIWAN

Mary Isabella Esler

Upper Arlington, OH

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

Nicole Ferraro

New Freedom, PA

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Pavane Gorrepati

Davenport, IA

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

Alice Huang

Montville, NJ

Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD) in Gurgaon, INDIA

James Lindgren

Marshalltown, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Lazarus Lynch

Jamaica, NY

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

Sarah Marketon

Howard Lake, MN

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Andrew Markham

Harlan, IA

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

Hannah McAtee

Davenport, IA

Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company Limited (Mahyco) in Jalna, INDIA

Moriah Morgan

Corydon, IA

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

Elizabeth Roche

Westerville, OH

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

Ariana Shapiro

Ithaca, NY

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

Justin Song

San Diego, CA

Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

Anthony Wenndt

Keystone, IA

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

Vera Zhao

Ames, IA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

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