The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Ruan Interns

AN 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, and Latin America.

In the summer of 2019, twenty-four interns were selected to travel to Brazil, China, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and Taiwan 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.

Each intern develops a research report documenting their personal experiences and the outcomes of their research projects that will be posted later this year. To learn more about the research centers, click on the links below.

Gautham Ajith

West Des Moines, IA

The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, INDIA

Nia Baker

Andover, MN

Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) in Londrina, BRAZIL

James Fairchild

Bridgehampton, NY

The WorldFish Center in Penang, MALAYSIA 

Halee Fisher

Millersburg, IN

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

Ava Forystek

Columbus, OH

Peking University in Beijing, CHINA

Donald Gee

Johnston, IA

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, NEPAL

Morgan Hasler

Lexington, KY

ICIPE-African Insect Science for Food and Health in Nairobi, KENYA

Wyatt Hellman

Fort Madison, IA

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

Caleb Lines

Nashua, IA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) in Tainan, TAIWAN

Nolan Monaghan

Manchester, IA

China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing, CHINA

Stefany Naranjo

Belmond, IA

International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, PERU

Abigail Overstrom

Lansing, NY

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

Renee Piekema

Milo, IA

ICIPE-African Insect Science for Food and Health in Nairobi, KENYA

Andie Pinga

South Burlington, VT

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

Raena Prude

Stockbridge, GA

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, KENYA

Sibani Ram

Dubuque, IA

EARTH University in San Jose, COSTA RICA

Lydia Rigge

Belview, MN

Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company Limited (Mahyco) in Jalna, INDIA 

Sandy Shen

Solon, OH

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Patancheru, INDIA 

Derek Sherrange

Argyle, NY

The S.M Sehgal Foundation in Gurgaon, INDIA

Holly Sims

Tallahassee, FL

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

Emma Steely

Catawissa, PA

EARTH University in San Jose, COSTA RICA

Shaleen Thiengmany

Mount Pleasant, IA

The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)- Regional Center for South Asia in Patancheru, INDIA

Priscilla Trinh

Eden Prairie, MN

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, PHILIPPINES

Jacob Turko

Kempton, PA

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, KENYA

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