Rachel Ganson, of Geneseo, has been selected as a 2018 Wallace-Carver Fellow by The World Food Prize Foundation and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Rachel Ganson, of Geneseo, has been selected as a 2018 Wallace-Carver Fellow by The World Food Prize Foundation and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Through the fellowship, Ganson and 29 other 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.

Ganson, a graduate student at Boston University, is stationed at the Structure, Technology, and Productivity Branch in Washington, D.C.

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 students also will participate in the week-long 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 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.”

Ganson, is a 2013 graduate of Geneseo High School and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.

She previously spent the summer between her junior and senior years of high school as an intern in India, working with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad.

She applied for the internship through the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute and was one of 21 students from 10 high schools in the nation who earned World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internships.

Ganson also was awarded the John Chrystal Internship Award, which recognizes a World Food Prize intern for best exemplifying the goals of the internship which are to involve students in meaningful research concerning food sustainability in developing nations and to immerse them in a diverse culture.

She is the daughter of Kyle and Michelle Ganson, of Geneseo.