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High school students invited to symposium focused on solutions to world hunger and poverty

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to host the second annual World Food Prize Wisconsin Youth Institute on the UW-Madison campus on Monday, April 18.

The day-long program gives Wisconsin high school students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to engage directly with leading researchers and industry experts specializing in food systems and natural resources on the topic of world hunger and poverty. At the Institute, participants will also present a research report on a global food security issue.

In order to participate, interested students must write a two- to three-page paper—under the supervision of a teacher—on a topic connected to food security in a country other than the United States. Papers must be submitted to the program no later than Mar. 21. More information about the Institute, including research paper guidelines, is available at go.wisc.edu/WIYouthInstitute.

“This program provides a fun environment for high school students to explore critical global issues in a university setting,” says Cindy Fendrick, an advisor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the program’s coordinator. “The enthusiastic conversations between the student participants and UW-Madison faculty and current students are the highlight of the day.”

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 around the world.

There is no cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both students and their supervising teachers/mentors must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Madison.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides additional support for the Wisconsin Youth Institute.

For more information, contact Cindy Fendrick at cindy.fendrick@wisc.edu or (608) 265-2051.