QVHS Senior, Natalie Napolitano, is spending the next eight weeks in India as part of an internship researching poverty and food security where she will be studying at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Institute. Napolitano became involved with the Borlaug-Ruan youth program through the Pennsylvania School of Excellence in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, where she wrote a paper as part of the program and was selected as one of the six representatives for the 2017 Borlaug Ruan Global Youth Institute conference. Those students who participated in the conference were later eligible to apply for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship.
This all-expense-paid, hands-on experience, provides high school students the opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers around the world. Napolitano is one of 24 interns selected to travel to places including Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and Taiwan to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research.
Each intern will develop a research report documenting their personal experiences and the outcomes of their research that will be published later this year.
This fall, Napolitano will attend the University of Pennsylvania where she plans to pursue dual degrees in business and nursing science.