The World Food Prize Foundation

2015 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 2015, twenty-three interns were selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malaysia, 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.These reports are posted below each intern's name. To learn more about the research centers, click on the corresponding links. 

Anna Barr

Kellogg, IA

Hormel Foods Inc/CeSSIAM in Sololá, GUATEMALA

Jessica-Lena Bohlin

LaPorte, IN

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

Isiah Brandt

Sumner, IA

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

Trevor Clemens

What Cheer, IA

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

Mariah Cox

Chillicothe, OH

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

Gabrielle DiRusso

Middletown, DE

EARTH University in Guácimo, COSTA RICA

Maxwell Fenton

Urbandale, IA

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

Elizabeth Fisher

Des Moines, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Katelyn Fritz

Pleasant Hill, IA

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

Erin Hammond

Polk City, IA

The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, INDIA

Alexandra Hoey

Colombus, OH

The WorldFish Center in Penang, MALAYSIA.

Jerome Jacobsen

Mahtomedi, MN

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

Joshua Lee

Chula Vista, CA

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Fabion Leon

Nicholasville, KY

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Precious Listana

San Francisco, CA

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

Edwin Belton Moore

Red Springs, NC

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

Paige Myers

Boone, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Madeline Poole

Chicago, IL

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


Preethi Reddi

Shenandoah, IA

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

Samantha Reicks

New Hampton, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Mark Sabol

Ovid, NY

AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center in Tainan, TAIWAN

Sweta Sudhir

Cedar Rapids, IA

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

Elliot Suiter

Johnston, IA

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

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