The World Food Prize Foundation

2013 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 2013, twenty-two interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, 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.

Shireen Bhatia

Macedonia, OH

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tainan, TAIWAN

Cole Edick

Waterloo, NE

Earth University in Guacimo, COSTA RICA

Valerie Gamao

Live Oak, TX

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, NEPAL

Rivkah Gardner-Frolick

Des Moines, IA

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

Mark Gee

Johnston, IA

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

Madeline Geitz

Oberlin, OH

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Sydney Graham

Waukee, IA

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

DoWon Kim

San Diego, CA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Tariro Makoni

Minot, ND

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

Rylee McDermott

Colesburg, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Megan McEnany

Nevada, IA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) Regional Center for East and Southeast Asia in Kamphaeng Saen, THAILAND

Tara Mittelberg

Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Gretchen Mohr

Long Grove, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Glen Morris

Faribault, MN

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

Carrie O'Connor-Walker

Ames, IA

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

Abigail Pepin

West Des Moines, IA

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

Sanjukta Santra

Fort Collins, CO

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

Jacob Solawetz

West Des Moines, IA

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

Morgan Tranmer

Wilber, NE

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

Cynthia Ulbing

Ithaca, NY

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

Sarah Warren

Nicholasville, KY

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

Emma White

Webster City, IA

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



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