The World Food Prize Foundation

2018 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, and Latin America.

In the summer of 2018, twenty-four interns were selected to travel to Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and Taiwan 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 that will be posted later this year. To learn more about the research centers, click on the links below.

Christina Allen

Burke, VA

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

Eli Arbogast

Oberlin, OH

EARTH University in San Jose, COSTA RICA

Molly Carroll

Plymouth, MN

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

Alisa Evans

Accokeek, MD

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, KENYA

Rohan Freedman

Cape Elizabeth, ME

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

Hermela Gebremariam

Fairfield, IA

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

Kaci Ginn

Olin, IA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Amelia Givan

West Lafayette, IN

Hormel Foods Inc/CeSSIAM in Sololá, GUATEMALA

Cassie He

College Station, TX

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

Gabrielle Henrichs

DuBoise, PA

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

Hannah Jo

Bear, DE

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

Colton Ketcham

Danville, IA

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

Kahyun Koh

San Diego, CA

The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, INDIA

Chase Krug

Marion, IA

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

Lane Kunzie

Corydon, IA

The WorldFish Center in Penang, MALAYSIA 

Charles Mahoney

Bradenton, FL

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

JayEven McGee

Benson, MN

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

Jaxon Mullinnix

Lone Tree, IA

EARTH University in San Jose, COSTA RICA

Natalie Napolitano

Leetsdale, PA

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

Elijah Ortiz

Belleville, NJ

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

 

Tyler Reid

Accokeek, MD

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tainan, TAIWAN

Indira Roy

Chatham, NJ

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

Sydney Sherer

Pisgah, IA

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, KENYA

Olivia Tidwell

Sioux City, IA

The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, INDIA

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