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Fifteen high school students selected as 2009 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns


2009 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns

An all-expense-paid, eight-week hands-on experience, the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship provides exceptional high school students the opportunity to work with world renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

In the Summer of 2009, fifteen interns have been selected to travel to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking field and laboratory-based research.

Upon their return, each intern will submit a research report and reflection paper documenting their personal experiences and the outcomes of their research projects.




Justine Cheng
West Des Moines, IA

Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

Lauren Schefter
Mount Vernon, IA

International Rice Research Institute (IRR) in Manila, PHILIPPINES

Sarah Dillard
Spencer, IA

International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Ankara, TURKEY

Christopher Sievers
Albert City, IA

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Ellen Franzenburg
Van Horne, IA

AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center in Shanhua, Tainan, TAIWAN

Tiffanie Stone
Arden Hills, MN

China National Hybrid Rice Research & Development Center (CNHRRDC) in Changsha, Hunan, CHINA

Linda Geiger
New Hartford, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Meera Sury
Roseville, MN

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

DeAndré Harper
Marietta, GA

International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in El Batán, MEXICO

Stephanie Venenga
Dike, IA

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Joe-Ann Moser
Omaha, NE

African Insect Science for Food and Health (icipe) in Nairobi, KENYA

Colin Weaver
Boone, IA

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in Beijing, CHINA

William Rooney
College Station, TX

The WorldFish Center in Abbassa, EGYPT

Allison Zhao
San Diego, CA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU


Danika Schaaf
Des Moines, IA

M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Chennai, INDIA


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