ACES Global Food Security Interns Program

Through the Global Food Security Interns program, the Office of International Programs in the College of ACES funds internships for selected ACES undergraduate students to work with ACES faculty and staff on food and nutritional security-related projects.   

Read a previous student's experience here.

We are not currently accepting nominations. Please check back during fall 2023.  


Previous Awardees



  • Brendon Carter - junior in agricultural and consumer economics, will work with Dr. Hope Michelson to research and build a database on maize policy changes in African countries (continued award)


  • Brendon Carter, sophomore in agricultural and consumer economics, will work with Dr. Hope Michelson to research and build a database on maize policy changes in African countries
  • Riley Anderson-Bush, sophomore in animal sciences, will work with Dr. Matt Wheeler on the Tropical-Adapted Livestock Project, which involves cross-breeding bovines to create a new breed that would be able to survive in tropical conditions.   
  • Bradley Brinkley - continuation from Fall 2021
  • Devan Fischer - continuation from Fall 2021

2021 - Fall

  • Bradley Brinkley, a junior in agricultural and consumer economics, worked with the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss to research innovations and practices that reduce postharvest losses and develop a portfolio of educational content.
  • Devan Fischer, a senior in agricultural and consumer economics, worked with the Soybean Innovation Lab to support the Pan-African Soybean Variety Trials program.

2021 - Spring

  • Grace Chantos, agricultural and consumer economics, worked with Anna Snider/AgReach on the resilience of smallholder farmers in the face of COVID-19
  • Zainab Alzoubi, food sciences and human nutrition, worked with Melissa Prescott, investigating programs that address food insecurity in Pakistan. Read blog post.
  • Madison Gardner, interdisciplinary health, worked with the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss, advised by Maria Jones Read blog post. 
  • Three ACES undergraduates worked with the Soybean Innovation Lab, advised by Michelle da Fonseca Santos:
  • Makenzie Jarvis, agricultural and biological engineering Read blog post. 
  • Ian Joyce, agricultural and consumer economics Read blog post.
  • Zoe Serelis, natural resources and environmental sciences Read blog post


  • Anneli Cers (sophomore in natural resources and environmental sciences) worked with Daniel Miller to study the role of women in ensuring food security in communities that depend on forests for food in India.
  • Fina Healy and Katie Koprowski (both sophomores in agricultural and biological engineering) worked with Paul Davidson on research on inhibiting bacterial growth in water.
  • Allison Place (sophomore in agricultural and biological engineering) and Rachel Pu (sophomore in crop sciences) worked with Pete Goldsmith/Soybean Innovation Lab on an aspect of soybean for development and food security. 


Three ACES undergraduate students worked with the ACES-based and USAID-funded Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension activity to deliver a video-extension campaign to smallholder farmers in Malawi:

  • Christina Fernandez, senior in natural resources and environmental sciences
  • Kristen Iverson, senior in agricultural leadership and education 
  • Anoosha Memon, senior in agricultural and consumer economics  

Undergraduate Funding Opportunities


Sponsor: Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University
Closing Date: 02/23/2023

The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University sponsors the Ashton Award for Student Research to support graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on Asian tropical forest biology. Applications are accepted from advanced undergraduates and graduate students worldwide. Awards are up to US$4 thousand to support research expenses.


Sponsor: Monarch Butterfly Fund
Closing Date: 03/01/2023

The Monarch Butterfly Fund supports activities to protect the oyamel fir forests in which monarch butterflies overwinter in Mexico. The Lincoln P. Brower Award supports research projects of undergraduate and graduate students on the conservation of monarch butterflies and their habitats. Funds can be used to support supplies, travel, stipends for field assistants, and other legitimate research expenses. The grant amount is US$3 thousand. 


Sponsor: USDA, Implemented by the University of Missouri
Closing Date: 03/10/2023

Recruiting fellows for the International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program (IAEFP-Mexico) to promote agriculture among youth in Puebla, Mexico. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and implemented by the University of Missouri and the educational leader UPAEP in Puebla. The fellowship will support and train eight fellows to be based in a high school for an academic year to promote agriculture and leadership among the students and community.

The IAEFP is open to U.S. citizens with a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related field and Spanish language skills. The fellows will support hands-on learning using 4-H Clubs and other curricula that facilitate youth’s leadership in agriculture throughout food value chains. While fellows may lead some activities in the classroom, their focus is extracurricular activities.


Sponsor: Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment
Closing Date: 02/28/2023

Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment and partners seek existing solutions that are changing behaviors to help solve the world’s most challenging environmental problems. For this year’s contest, Solutions Search seeks proven behavior-change initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean that reduce the unsustainable/illegal wildlife trade. Contest entrants get access to capacity building, workshops, and networking opportunities to further refine and scale their solution. Two winners will win US$20 thousand. Any organization or institution worldwide is eligible (e.g. city government, business, non-profit, university, etc.). Individuals are not eligible to enter. 

Sponsor: Siemens Gamesa
Closing Date: 03/01/2023

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launch the “Universities for Goal 13” student competition. The competition engages students in the fight against climate change. The winning solution will be awarded US$10 thousand in prize money for further development and implementation. The Competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in the universities that are participating in the contest.