Curtis O’Loughlin of Independence, Iowa, was awarded the Ahmanson Intern Award during the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony on October 18, 2001 at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
He received the Ahmanson Intern Award for his outstanding work as a 2000 World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Intern at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Madras, India.
Curtis worked under the mentorship of Mina Swaminathan, Director of Project ACCESS, analyzing the relationship of women’s empowerment and household food security.
A graduate of Independence High School, Curtis attended the University of Iowa to study biology.
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.
Curtis was selected as a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern after participating in the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in 1999. 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.