AMCHS student selected for 2012 Borlaug-Ruan Internship in China

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

AMCHS student selected for 2012 Borlaug-Ruan Internship in China


Des Moines, Iowa – Peter Lambert, an A&M Consolidated High School student, is one of 21 students selected by the World Food Prize Foundation for a 2012 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship. Lambert has accepted an assignment at the China National Hybrid Rice Research & Development Center (CNHRRDC) in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.

This summer, an unprecedented number of American high school students – 21 students from 10 states - have earned World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internships and will delve into issues relating to hunger and poverty throughout the world during eight-week, all-expenses-paid summer internships at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

“It is our hope that by engaging these young people in actual hunger-fighting research, they will be inspired to pursue academic and career paths in science, food, agricultural and natural resource disciplines, and thus prepared to become tomorrow’s innovative scientific and humanitarian leaders,” said Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize.

The Borlaug-Ruan Internship is a unique program that allows student interns to participate in projects with distinguished researchers at leading agricultural research centers around the globe. While getting a firsthand view of real and pressing food security issues and nutrition problems in poverty-stricken areas, the students become an integral part of a project, spending time in the lab as well as days or weeks at a time in the field conducting research and interviews, and gathering data.

The interns are involved in global projects dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger such as: fisheries and aquaculture studies; biotechnology; micro-credit and the women’s self-help concept; the influence of education on household food security; and the calculation of Vitamin C concentration in numerous potato varieties.  

A prerequisite for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship is attending the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, which occurs each October and exposes students to opportunities associated with careers in agricultural, natural resource, life sciences and affiliated fields.  Youth Institute participants present essays and interact with World Food Prize Laureates and renowned experts to discuss issues relating to food security throughout the world.

A list of the 21 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns, including photos, can be found online at: www.worldfoodprize.org/2012interns.  

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is the foremost international award recognizing – without regard to race, religion, nationality or political beliefs – the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. It was founded 25 years ago by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug. The award is presented each October in conjunction with the 3-day Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, which draws 1,400 people from 75 countries to address cutting-edge issues concerning food security.  Learn more at www.worldfoodprize.org.
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