The World Food Prize Foundation and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced Nevada native Alyssa Schaeffer as a 2018 Wallace-Carver Fellow. Through this fellowship, Schaeffer 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.

Schaeffer, a sophomore at the University of Iowa, is stationed at the Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Water Management Unit in Ft. Collins, Colo.

“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 will also 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.

Today, 815 million people face hunger worldwide, and more than 40 million Americans are food insecure. With experts predicting a world population of 9 billion people by 2050, food security remains a high-priority issue among global leaders. As the world’s population grows, food security remains a critical issue.