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USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship

The prestigious Wallace-Carver Fellowship offers exceptional college students the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid fellowships at leading USDA research centers and offices across the United States.

The fellows also participate in a high-level week-long Wallace-Carver Leadership Symposium at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington DC, hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

The United States Department of Agriculture and the World Food Prize Foundation partnered to create the Wallace-Carver Fellowship to inspire the next generation of American scientific and humanitarian leaders.

Named for Henry A. Wallace and George Washington Carver, two of the great American leaders in agricultural science and policy who made significant strides toward ending hunger in the 20th Century, the Wallace-Carver Fellowship seeks to educate, inspire and train the next generation of agricultural leaders, who will lead us in the 21st century.

In the Summer of 2019, thirty fellows are stationed at USDA research centers and field offices across the country to analyze agricultural and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research.

Since the creation of the Fellowship, 240 students from 102 universities and colleges in 37 states and the District of Columbia have been employed by the program. 

Over 97% of the Fellows have pursued degrees in related disciplines and 88% are employed in critical fields relevant to science, agriculture, nutrition, economics and policy. 

“The Wallace-Carver Fellowship exposes the best young minds in agriculture to the wide variety of opportunities available to them through civil service. Their experiences as Fellows will prepare these exceptional young leaders to carry out the vital research and innovation we will need to address the challenge of feeding a growing global population.”

                  - Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack

For more information, contact The World Food Prize Global Programs & Partnerships Director, Keegan Kautzky at kkautzky@worldfoodprize.org or 515-343-7162.

 

2019 Wallace-Carver Fellows

ANDREIA BELEAIR
Broward College

Placement: Auburn, AL
Agricultural Research Service
Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit 

 

NICK BOWSER
Purdue University

Placement: Washington, DC
Foreign Agricultural Service 
Office of Capacity Building & Development

 

MOLLY CARROLL
Purdue University

Placement: Geneva, NY
Agricultural Research Service
Plant Genetic Resources Research Unit

 

BRIANNA CHEEK
Texas A&M University

Placement: St. Paul, MN
Agricultural Research Service
Cereal Disease Lab

 

RHIANNON COBB
University of Nebraska - Lincoln  

Placement: Washington, DC
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

 

OLIVIA CONWAY
University of Texas - Austin

Placement:  Fargo, ND
Agricultural Research Service
Cereal Crops Research Unit

 

KATIE DRISCOLL
Rowan University

Placement: Davis, CA
Agricultural Research Service
Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit

 

LAUREN ENGLISH
University of Notre Dame

Placement:  Washington, DC
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition

 

LILY FILLWALK
Pitzer College

Placement: Peoria, IL
Agricultural Research Service
Functional Foods Research Unit

 

HERMELA GEBREMARIAM
Vanderbilt University

Placement: Athens, GA
Agricultural Research Service
Bacterial Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Resistance Research Unit

 

BRIDGER GORDON
Harvard University

Placement: Washington, DC
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture
Office of the Chief Economist

 

MIKAYLA GRAHAM
North Carolina State University

Placement:  Lexington, KY
Agricultural Research Service
Forage-Animal Production Research Unit

 

EMMA HANISKO
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Placement: Madison, WI
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center

 

NICK JACOBSON
Macalester College

Placement:  Reno, NV
Agricultural Research Service
Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit

 

HANNAH JO
Cornell University

Placement: Ithaca, NY
Agricultural Research Service
Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research Unit

 

NICOLE KREIDER
Grinnell College

Placement: Washington, DC
Economic Research Service
Markets and Trade Economics Division

 

CHASE KRUG
Iowa State University

Placement: West Lafayette, IN
Agricultural Research Service
Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit

 

JAIRUS KUPLEN
Messiah College

Placement: Washington, DC
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Institute of Youth, Family, and Community

 

AUNDREA LAWSON
Texas Tech University

Placement: Washington, DC
Agricultural Research Service
Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit

 

CHARLES MAHONEY
Rollins College

Placement: Washington, DC
Economic Research Service
Food Assistance Division

 

CHARLES MAUS
North Carolina State University

Placement: Poplarville, MS
Agricultural Research Service
Southern Horticultural Research Unit

 

GEORGETTE MBENGUE
University of North Texas 

Placement: Fargo, ND
Agricultural Research Service
Animal Metabolism-Agricultural Chemicals Research Unit

 

ARACELY MIRON-OCAMPO
University of Iowa

Placement: Athens, GA
Agricultural Research Service
Poultry Microbiological Safety & Processing Research Unit

 

 

ERIN NOWAK
Salem College

Placement: Poplarville, MS
Agricultural Research Service
Southern Horticultural Research Unit

 

JAMES PINKNEY
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Placement: Davis, CA
Agricultural Research Service
Crops Pathology and Genetics Research Unit

 

ZETA POWELL
Georgia State University

Placement: Fargo, ND
Agricultural Research Service
Insect Genetics and Biochemistry Research Unit

 

TYLER REID
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Placement: Washington, DC
Office of the Secretary of Agriculture
Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

 

TREY RICHARDSON
Texas A&M University

Placement: Washington, DC
Foreign Agricultural Service
Office of Operations and Budgeting

 

INDIRA ROY
Columbia University

Placement: Washington, DC
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
International Services, Trade and Capacity Building

 

KELLI WICKS
Iowa State University

Placement: Washington, DC
Foreign Agricultural Service
Office of Capacity Building and Development

 

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