Mt. Pleasant native selected as USDA Wallace-Carver Fellow

DES MOINES ? The World Food Prize Foundation and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced Mt. Pleasant native Elaina Conrad as a 2018 Wallace-Carver Fellow. Through this fellowship, Conrad and 29 other outstanding college students will collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid summer fellowships at leading USDA research centers and offices across the United States.

Conrad, a senior at Iowa State University, is stationed at the FAS Office of Civil Rights, Office of Agreements and Scientific Affairs in Washington, D.C.

?The Wallace-Carver Fellowship provides unparalleled research opportunities for university students to explore agricultural issues and become the next generation of agricultural leaders and innovators,? Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, said. ?These outstanding students are some of the most highly qualified and motivated students in America. This program gives them the opportunity to be inspired to pursue careers and future leadership positions in food, agriculture and science.?

While stationed at USDA, students will 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.

The Fellows also will participate in the weeklong Washington Leadership Symposium, hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. While attending the symposium, students will participate in briefings, tours, discussions and group activities with key government leaders.

The United States Department of Agriculture and the World Food Prize Foundation partnered to create the Wallace-Carver Fellowship in 2011. Named for American agriculture leaders Henry A. Wallace and George Washington Carver, the Wallace-Carver Fellowship seeks to inspire and train the next generation of agricultural leaders and scholars for the 21st century.

Since the creation of the Fellowship, 210 students from 93 universities and colleges in 36 states and the District of Columbia have been employed by the program. Over 97 percent of fellows have pursued degrees in related disciplines, and 88 percent remain employed in critical fields relevant to science, agriculture and nutrition.

The 2018 Wallace-Carver Fellows are a distinguished and diverse group of outstanding young leaders representing 25 universities and colleges in 17 states across the country.