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Big time science for high school students – Audio

Ag and science opportunity for high school students

Cindy Fendrick, Student Services Coordinator
Department of Academic Affairs
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
(608) 265-2051


3:04 – Total Time
0:20 – Calling all high school students
0:36 – What students need to do
1:23 – Put your hands on big time science
1:48 – Who participates
2:30 – Become a Borlaug Scholar
2:48 – For more information
2:56 – Lead out


Sevie Kenyon: A tremendous opportunity for high school students at the University of Wisconsin. We’re visiting today with Cindy Fendrick, Department of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Cindy, you’re offering high school students an opportunity at some big time science. Can you tell us about that?

Cindy Fendrick: Yeah, we’re looking for students that are interested in agriculture and science to really come and explore that here at UW-Madison in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences through our World Food Prize Wisconsin Youth Institute.

Sevie Kenyon: Cindy, what do students have to do to participate in this program?

Cindy Fendrick: Students that are interested in participating will complete a research paper. They select a country, a developing country from a list. Then they look at what’s called a food factor. So food factors can be things like human rights and they can even look at things such as sciences like plant science or animal agriculture. So you study the country, you study that particular issue, and then you propose a solution to addressing food security in that particular country. Those research papers are approximately 2-3 pages in length. That is then submitted by March 21st to our website and that makes you eligible to come and participate in our one day hands on program at UW-Madison.

Sevie Kenyon: Cindy, when you’re talking about this coming to Madison and participate, what do students get out of that part of it?

Cindy Fendrick: I think the most exciting part of that program is that they will get in to some of our labs on campus and see how our current researches are really impacting the issues of food security within the state, within the nation, and also globally. More so, they’ll get to participate in little mini experiments themselves and really talk and engage with faculty.

Sevie Kenyon: Cindy, what type of student is going to be most interested in this?

Cindy Fendrick: It could be a student that is in FFA right now and really exploring that hands on work with agriculture. It can also be a student who is enjoying a biology or chemistry class and really likes to get in to understanding the interworking of how science impacts food production. And then we also have the student interested in looking at the humanitarian side of food issues. Teachers can utilize it in their classrooms and have all students write this paper or even do maybe a poster presentation and then they can have the ability to kind of do a little self-competition within their classroom and then select those that can join us for the April 18th event.

Sevie Kenyon: Can you describe how this program works?

Cindy Fendrick: Those students who do come here to UW-Madison for our event will then leave with the label, Borlaug Scholar. Once you get labeled as a Borlaug Scholar, you have tremendous opportunities within the World Food Prize Organization itself.

Sevie Kenyon: What should students and teachers do if they want more information?

Cindy Fendrick: The best way to get more information is actually to open up your Google search and type in the Wisconsin Youth Institute.

Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Cindy Fendrick, Department of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.