The World Food Prize Foundation

2012 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 2012, twenty-one interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, 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.

Jessica Blosberg

Shoreview, MN

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

Lauren Brewer

Memphis, TN

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

Meredith Bruster

Bettendorf, IA

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

Lucy Duan

Ithaca, NY

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

Caitlynn Fortner

Dalton, GA

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

Rachel Ganson

Geneseo, IL

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

Michaela Hoffelmeyer

Winterset, IA

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

Mohit Jain

Omaha, NE

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Sarah Kunch

Fort Madison, IA 

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Lucy Lagoze

Ithaca, NY

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

Peter Lambert

College Station, TX

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

Changsha, CHINA

Michelle Laterrade

Ponchatoula, LA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tainan, TAIWAN

Francesca Lubecki-Wilde

Iowa City, IA 

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

Connor Ludwig

Breda, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Blake McGhghy

Keokuk, IA

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

Rachel Mentzer

Oberlin, OH

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Elizabeth Mueller 

Waukee, IA

Earth University in Guacimo, COSTA RICA

Tessa Ries

Hastings, MN

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

Karl Sadkowski

Cedar Falls, IA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) Regional Center for Africa in Arusha, TANZANIA

Sam Schulte

West Des Moines, IA

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

Stephanie Wenclawski 

Cedar Rapids, IA

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

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