Emma Flemmig of Glidden, Iowa, was awarded the Ahmanson Intern Award during the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony on October 19, 2006 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
She received the Ahmanson Intern Award for her outstanding work as a 2005 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in El Batan, Mexico.
Emma worked under the mentorship of Cell Biologist Dr. Alejando Pellegrineschi, researching the Tan Spot resistant of Thaumatin-like protein transgenic wheat varieties.
A graduate of Glidden-Ralston High School, Emma attends Iowa State University and is studying genetics and agriculture.
The Ahmanson Intern Award was created in 2001 and is named in honor of former teacher and journalist Roberta Green Ahmanson, for her generous endowment of the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute and Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program.
Emma was selected as a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern after participating in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in 2004. The Global Youth Institute provides high school students the opportunity to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates, connect with other student leaders from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with global leaders in science, industry and policy.
Emma received her award prior to the awarding of the 2006 World Food Prize to Edson Lobato and Alysson Paolinelli of Brazil and Dr. A. Colin McClung of the United States.
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