The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the fifth annual World Food Prize Wisconsin Youth Institute on April 8 at the UW-Madison campus.
The daylong program gives Wisconsin high school students in ninth through 12th grades an opportunity to engage directly with researchers and industry experts specializing in food systems and natural resources on the topic of world hunger and poverty. To participate, students must submit a two- to three-page paper about a global food security issue that they research and write under the supervision of a teacher or mentor.
The top students at the Wisconsin Youth Institute will be invited to attend the three-day World Food Prize Global Youth Institute held in conjunction with the World Food Prize International Symposium in Iowa in October. Participating students are eligible for internships and fellowships. Educators who attend the Global Youth Institute have the opportunity to participate in professional development programming.
Last year, three Wisconsin Youth Institute participants were selected to attend the Global Youth Institute: Samya Hickman from Vincent High School in Milwaukee; Kaitlyn Holmgren from Saint Croix Central in Hammond; and Madeline Lund from Central High School in LaCrosse.
“I gained a miraculous amount of knowledge about important and pressing topics all over the world,” Holmgren says. “I met students from all over the world and made connections that will last a lifetime. Overall, the Global Youth Institute was an amazing experience.”
The deadline to submit papers is March 25. There is no cost to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Institute, and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both students and their supervising teachers or mentors must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Madison. More information about the Wisconsin Youth Institute, including research paper guidelines, is available online.
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