Ohio State well represented in World Food Prize Wallace-Carver Fellows

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Four Ohio State students–three from CFAES–were among 29 across the country who received a prestigious 2017 USDA World Food Prize Wallace-Carver Fellowship. The program offers the most promising college students in America the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists, policymakers and public servants through paid fellowships with USDA.

This summer, the fellows were stationed at USDA research centers and field offices across the country to analyze agricultural and economic policy; assist in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research.

Mariah Cox, food science and technology, at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, said, "I was excited to work for the USDA on tough issues such as the pandemic disease, cancer, and figuring out how cancer is linked with diet. I feel our research has led us one step further in combating this disease."

Jane Hulse, agricultural communications, placed at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois, said, “I enjoyed learning more about pulses (a category that includes all beans, peas, and lentils) and how they can be made into health-promoting food ingredients."

Caleb Mathias, plant pathology major also placed in Peoria, said, “I was excited to dive in to the world of chemical engineering and assist in creating bio-products that will help keep our drinking water clean of harmful pesticides and move us towards a sustainable future."

Christina Allen, in the photo, human nutrition major, was placed at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. “I learned so much in such a short time period. My supervisors were very supportive and committed to teaching me during my fellowship. I have gained hands on experience that I know I will be able to utilize in my future education and career," she said.