Penny Fang of Ames, Iowa, was awarded the Ahmanson Intern Award during the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony on October 13, 2005 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
She received the Ahmanson Intern Award for her outstanding work as a 2004 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines.
Penny researched resistance in rice varieties, volunteered as a teacher at a children’s feeding center and assisted IRRI physicians on several outreach medical missions.
A graduate of Ames High School, Penny attended Harvard University to study neurobiology.
The Ahmanson Intern Award was created in 2001 and is named in honor of former teacher and journalist Roberta Green Ahmanson, for her generous endowment of the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute and Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program.
Penny was selected as a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern after participating in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in 2003. The Global Youth Institute provides high school students the opportunity to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates, connect with other student leaders from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with global leaders in science, industry and policy.