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Honors Summer Fellow Hopes to Improve Food Systems on a Global Scale


Loyola Marymount University senior Greer Gosnell will spend much of her summer as an intern for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to gather the voices of grassroots farm, food, conservation, and rural organizations to advocate for sustainable agriculture in federal policy. Gosnell said that working at the NSAC is a perfect fit for her because it will give her a meaningful experience in affecting global change at the local level.

 “Our food production processes are environmentally unsustainable and are taking a toll on human health,” said Gosnell. “I hope this internship will teach me about the demands of suppliers and the policy processes that affect the production of the food we consume on a daily basis. Moreover, I hope to devote my career to policy that will improve global food systems in a way that is beneficial to both people and the environment.”

Gosnell’s internship is in conjunction with the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems in Washington D.C. from June 2 – July 31. Gosnell will get nine credits for the 8-week curriculum, including two courses on economics and government at Georgetown University, and the internship.

Participants attend weekly lectures on foreign policy and economics, and will be given the opportunity to network with national and international experts on world issues. Participants may also attend exclusive briefings at major government institutions, including the Old Executive Office Building with presentations from White House officials, the U.S. Capitol, the State Department and the Federal Reserve.

 “I don’t know what to expect because I’ve never participated in a program like this before. I guess I’ll figure it out as I go along,” said Gosnell, a 2010 Honors Summer Research Fellow and economics and political science double major. “I hope it will be a good professional experience and I’m excited to meet other students who have similar interests.”

Each year, the LMU Honors Program offers several fellowships for summer projects conducted around the world. Fellows are awarded $5,000 to support research, travel, internships or tuition. “I feel really special to be a recipient of a 2010 Honors Fellowship. It’s really encouraging to be supported by the university and by the honors program,” said Gosnell.