Driven to help others

Name: Ariel Garsow

Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Academic path: Graduated in 2017 from the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences with a food science major

Student support: Alpha Zeta Travel Award, Robert Henton Scholarship, Augustus L. Searle Scholarship, Triticus Scholarship, Food Science and Nutrition Scholarship, Schwan’s Scholarship

Life-changing experience: Garsow was one of three U of M students selected by Land O’Lakes Inc. for its Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security Fellowship. The experience included an internship at Land O’Lakes; travel to South Africa, Malawi, Botswana, and Zambia; participation in the World Food Prize Foundation Conference; and projects focused on reducing food waste and food insecurity.

What she learned: “This program transformed my view of hunger and deepened my knowledge of how I can help. Once you see people who are hungry, you can’t just walk away.”

Other campus experiences: She gained additional knowledge and experience by working with the U’s Food Science and Nutrition Club and the International Food Technologists Developing Solutions for Developing Countries competition to develop a product to decrease calcium deficiency among pregnant women in Morocco.

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