World Food Prize Intern
Shares international rice research experience
Callie Schultes was absorbed by science in high school. She applied for the World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internship and was one of 16 high school students nationwide to be accepted. That internship took her to the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines during the summer of 2010.
Her projects focused on rice genetics and how to communicate research results to farmers to improve food and the quality of life. It was a goal her mentor emphasized.
“She pointed out the need to link with farmers, so scientific discoveries could be used in the real world,” Schultes says.
It was a life lesson Schultes took home.
“I learned that even if the war on hunger doesn’t become my life’s work, whatever my calling, I must have the same enthusiasm and vigor as the researchers I met in the Philippines,” Schultes says.
The Borlaug-Ruan Internship students can participate the summer after their junior or senior year in high school. Since it started in 1998, 45 of the 161 participating students have attended Iowa State.