The World Food Prize Foundation

2014 Wallace-Carver Fellows

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

In the Summer of 2014, thirty-three 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.

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 - Washington, DC

"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 has had 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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