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Wallace-Carver Fellows


2021 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 2021, eleven fellows were remotely 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.

Zaira Adams
Mississippi State University

Placement: Beltsville, MD
Agricultural Research Service
Food Quality Laboratory

"My purpose/contribution towards my internship was to find a way to increase the global consumption of fruits and vegetables. This topic matters ,because it will help limit the causes of health issues, food loss, and capitalism."

Eli Arbogast
Carleton College

Placement: Ames, IA
Agricultural Research Service
National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment


Allison Chhay
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

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

"I analyzed collection data on clonal and vegetable crop collections using R and SQL, and updated the USDA-ARS PGRU website with interactive charts, maps, and infographics to measure impacts and increase scientific communication."

Halee Fisher
Perdue University

Placement:  Washington, DC
Foreign Agricultural Service
Global Programs

"I've been working for the Cochran Program under the Foreign Agriculture Service. I helped provide short term training opportunities to agricultural professionals across the globe."

Mirai Inaoka
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

"I researched manure application certification regulations in all 50 states to determine geographical patterns for farmers wanting to participate in nutrient recycling."

Arush Iyer
Northwestern University

Foreign Agricultural Service
Global Programs, Cochran Fellowship Program

"I’ve been working at the FAS (Foreign Agriculture Service) under the USDA. I work for the Cochran Fellowship Program, which provides industry leaders and government officials from foreign countries with hands-on training in agriculture-related topics."

Gretchen Kuck
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Placement: Ankara, Turkey
Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey

"Working with Post, I got to help tackle food system challenges in real time (from trade policy, economics, water security, biotechnology, and governance to development programs and the coordination of natural disaster responses) to benefit both American farmers and ranchers and food security and stability in Central Asia."

Zachary Overton
Samford University

Placement:  Ames, IA
Agricultural Research Service
Midwest Climate Hub

"I used soil temperature data to develop climatology models, helping to determine climate changes over time based on climate change."

Samantha Rivera
Florida State University

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

"This summer I had the opportunity of analyzing microbial communities in anaerobically disinfested soils alongside an amazing team at USDA-ARS."

Diva Shrivastava
Cornell University

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


Rachel Stern
University of Oregon

Placement: Athens, GA
Agricultural Research Service
U.S. National Poultry Research Center - Toxicology & Mycotoxin Research Unit

"I worked with the DNA of some select fungi and corn pathogens, which will help not only the chickens but also humans who rely heavily on maize in their diet."



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