The World Food Prize Foundation

2014 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 2014, twenty-three interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, 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.These reports are posted below each intern's name. To learn more about the research centers, click on the corresponding links. 

Aparna Ajjarapu

Ames, IA

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

Lillianne Brown

Iowa City, IA

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

Eric Chen

San Diego, CA

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

Juanita Falice

Philadelphia, PA

AVRDC- The World Vegetable Center in Tainan, TAIWAN

Kirsten Forster

Meridian, ID

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

Natalie Hanson

La Porte City, IA

AVRDC- The World Vegetable Center in Tainan, TAIWAN

Sam Harris

Greenbrier, AR

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

Marcus Johnson

Memphis, TN

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

Catherine Leafstedt

Clive, IA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Amaleah Mirti

Gainesville, FL

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Sophie Olson

La Crosse, WI

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

Dakota Olson

Keswick, IA

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

Arthi Puri

West Lafayette, IN

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Travis Rooney

College Station, TX

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

Alexandra Saueressig

Center City, MN

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Kimberly Shiu

Iowa City, IA

Hormel Foods Corp./Caritas in Guatemala City, GUATEMALA

Abigail Snyder

Marshalltown, IA

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

Kayla Toennies

Chelsea, IA

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

Millicent Varley

Johnston, IA

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

Ashley Vaughan

Clive, IA

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

Jonathan Wichtendahl

Whittemore, IA

AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center in Tainan, TAIWAN

Adam Willman

Marshalltown, IA

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

Alexandria Wilson

Howell, NJ

EARTH University in Guácimo, COSTA RICA



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