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Iowa State student puts a face on world hunger

Rachael Cox

Iowa State sophomore Rachael Cox recently received the John Chrystal Intern Award during the 2006 World Food Prize International Symposium for her work in Kenya as well as reports about the work. She credits 4-H, part of ISU Extension, for helping to increase her communication skills in making reports, posters and presentations.

Cox first met poverty and hunger in the faces of those she served when her Cerro Gordo County 4-H club volunteered in a community soup kitchen. That experience stuck with her, she said, and evolved into a greater interest in poverty and hunger in the world. After a summer 2005 internship in Kenya, she chose Iowa State and a major in agronomy.

“Iowa State’s College of Agriculture has a wealth of opportunities in my interest areas. I know that if I can’t find exactly what I want, people in the college will help me find opportunities to fit my interest and goals,” Cox said.

This article appeared in November 2006 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter