The World Food Prize Foundation

2020 Wallace-Carver Fellows

The prestigious USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship offers the most promising college students in America the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists, policymakers and public servants through paid fellowships with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In the Summer of 2020, seven fellows were selected for a virtual internship with 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.

Bella Culotta
Cornell University

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

"I analyzed the genetic content of tumor-inducing (Ti) plasmids of Agrobacterium tumefaciens, the bacterium behind Crown-Gall disease, which is responsible for detrimental crop losses of grapes, herbs and walnuts all over the globe."

Jorge Del'Angel
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Placement: Temple, TX
Agricultural Research Service
Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory

"I remotely monitored crop health by using Google Earth Engine to save farmers from physically watching their fields while being exposed to potential harsh environmental elements."

Alvin Edney, II
Alcorn State University  

Placement: Beltsville, MD
National Agricultural Library
Office of the Director of the National Agricultural Library

"I reviewed selected publications in the field of agriculture for the NAL Collection and identified in-scope scholarly journals to be indexed in AGRICOLA (Agricultural On-Line Access)."

Ava  Forystek
The Ohio State University

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


I analyzed the Genetic Diversity of Wild and Hybrid Grapes

Ebony Jenkins
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Placement: Stoneville, MS
Agricultural Research Service
Southern Insect Management Research Unit

"I researched sunflowers managed for dove hunting as a pollinator habitat, as well as community gardens that benefit adjacent crops."

Lauren Moyer
Alabama A&M University

Placement: Athens, GA
Agricultural Research Service
Toxicology & Mycotoxin Research Unit

“I researched the elimination of mycotoxin contamination in corn crops and agricultural products - such as, feed for livestock or corn flours for human consumption.“


Jack Pieper
Iowa State University

Placement:  Canal Point, FL
Agricultural Research Service
Sugarcane Production Research Unit 

"I helped analyze genotypic data for sugarcane to create higher performing, disease-resistant cultivars for farmers."



© 2024 The World Food Prize Foundation. All Rights Reserved.