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USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship

The prestigious Wallace-Carver Fellowship offers exceptional high school and college students the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid internships 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.

Fulfilling the shared vision of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and World Food Prize founder Dr. Norman Borlaug of inspiring the next generation of American scientific and humanitarian leaders, the United States Department of Agriculture and the World Food Prize Foundation partnered to create the Wallace-Carver Fellowship.

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 2014, thirty-three fellows were 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.

“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.”

                  - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack

For questions or further information please contact The World Food Prize Directors of National Education Programs, Keegan Kautzky: kkautzky@worldfoodprize.org , 515-341-7162 and Libby Crimmings: lcrimmings@worldfoodprize.org, 515-245-3706. 

NOSA AKOL
Binghamton High School

Placement: ARS Robert W. Holley Research Center - Ithaca, NY

"Working in a pest management facility has taught me to see certain aspects of my life completely different."

JESSICA BLOSBERG
University of Minnesota

Placement: ARS Plant Science Research Unit - St. Paul, MN

"Working for the USDA has been exciting as I am learning what it means to be a plant disease researcher."

JORDAN COUGHLIN
Rowan University

Placement: ARS Plant Science Research Unit - Raleigh, NC

"This internship has paved the way for a bright future and I plan to fully utilize it to make this world a better place."

LINDSAY DEMERS
Virginia Tech University

Placement: ARS Vegetable Laboratory - Charleston, SC

"I can't express what it's like to wake up feeling like I'm saving the world or to be so overwhelmingly inspired."

LUCY DUAN
Brown University

Placement: ARS Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging - Boston, MA

"The lessons I have learned through my experiences have given me a tenacious passion for making a real difference."

ALI IBRAHIM ELSADIQ
Iowa State University

Placement: ARS Plant Science Research Unit - Raleigh, NC

"I feel so fortunate for this opportunity to follow my passion while also making a difference in the world."

CAITLYNN FORTNER
University of Texas - Dallas

Placement: ARS National Germplasm Repository for Citrus and Dates - Riverside, CA

"I have enjoyed the Program because of the science I am learning, but even more so for the people I am meeting."

ZIXUAN "YEN YEN" GAO
University of Pennsylvania

Placement: Office of the Secretary - Washington, DC

"This opportunity allowed me to gain insight into the pivotal role of agriculture and acquire invaluable skills."

RIVKAH GARDNER-FROLICK
Rice University

Placement: ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment - Ames, IA

"Working with world-class scientists has been energizing and reinforced my commitment to a career in science."

BRANDON HANSON
University of Minnesota

Placement: ARS National Animal Disease Center - Ames, IA

"Working for the USDA has been such a blessing in getting amazing experience in a research setting."

BROOK HOOVER
Southeastern University

Placement: ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics, and Physiological Research - Baton Rouge, LA

"I have the honor of working under terrific scientists at a bee research center on colony collapse disorder."

QUINN INWARDS
College of Southern Idaho

Placement: ARS Watershed Management Research - Boise, ID

"This has been an amazing experience getting to work with great people and some of the world's top scientists."

JEROME JACOBSEN
Mahtomedi High School

Placement: ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center - Clay Center, NE

"The WC Fellowship has given me the chance to meet phenomenal, influential people working to improve the world."

ROHAN KANDEL
Millard West High School

Placement: ARS Grain, Forage, and Bioenergy Research Unit - Lincoln, NE

"I've learned that no matter your age, there are always possibilities present to change the lives of millions."

DOWON KIM
Princeton University

Placement: Office of the Secretary - Washington, DC

"Working at the USDA has shown me the profound yet overlooked impact of agriculture on lives around the globe."

SARAH KUNCH
St. Louis University

Placement: Food Safety and Inspection Service - Washington, DC

"I realized the importance of food safety and the effect that USDA has on the lives of every American" 

LUCY LAGOZE
Pennsylvania State University

Placement: ARS Pasture Systems and Watershed Management - University Park, PA

"Working with the USDA-ARS has provided me with invaluable experience that will help guide me in the future."

DAKOTA LYDDON
Des Moines Area Community College

Placement: ARS Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit - Ames, IA

"I will walk away with knowledge for the future, and an unmatched experience working alongside great people."

SEAN LYON
Wheaton College

Placement: Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory - Poplarville, MS

"WC fellowship has shown me what our responsibilities are as humans to make an impact on the world for the better."

VICTORIA MALOCH
University of Arkansas

Placement: Office of the Secretary- Washington, DC

"It has been a privilege to work alongside Secretary Vilsack's team shaping the message of the USDA."

TARA MITTELBERG
Northwestern University

Placement: ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory - Oxford, MS

"Working with the ARS  has given me an amazing opportunity to fight food insecurity."

GRETCHEN MOHR
St. Louis University

Placement: National Agricultural Statistics Service

"The WC Fellowship has inspired me to follow my passion and challenge me to work harder every day."

TESSA RIES
University of Minnesota

Placement: ARS U.S. Salinity  Laboratory - Riverside, CA

"It is eye-opening and exhilarating to be part of a research team that aims to make a difference."

SOPHIE ROBISON
American University

Placement: Foreign Agricultural Service - Washington, DC

"Being a Wallace-Carver Fellow has taught me what it really means to be a hunger fighter."

ELIZABETH ROCHE
Ohio State University

Placement: ARS U.S. National Arboretum Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit - Beltsville, MD

"I am thankful I am able to research solutions to real world problems in agriculture and do something I love."

DOMINIQUE ROWINSKI
College of William and Mary

Placement: Office of the Secretary - Washington, DC

"It has been enlightening to be part of the implementation of various White House initiatives."

PEARL SAWHNEY
Grinnell College

Placement: ARS National Animal Disease Center - Ames, IA

"I have learned so many new scientific techniques and been able to apply knowledge from classes I have taken."

CAROLINE SHERLOW
Purdue University

Placement: ARS Crop Protection and Pest Control - West Lafayette, IN

"The WC Fellowship is an invaluable opportunity I hope to someday use to make an impact in the world."

JACOB SOLAWETZ
Washington University

Placement: Economic Research Service - Washington, DC

"I have been a part of large-scale economic research that have a direct impact on policy decisions."

VERONICA SONDERVAN
North Springs Charter High School

Placement: ARS Plant Germplasm Preservation Research Unit - Fort Collins, CO

"I have had such an amazing experience working with one of the largest gene banks in the world!"

ANTHONY WENNDT
Grinnell College

Placement: ARS Crops Pathology and Genetics Research - Davis, CA

"The world-changing insights I have gained have truly made a lasting impact on the science I undertake."

COLE WILHELMI
University of North Carolina

Placement: ARS Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research Unit - Hilo, HI

NICOLE WONG
University of California - Berkeley

Placement: ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center - Davis, CA

"Being a WC Fellow has renewed my enthusiasm to learn and put everything I have into my research."

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