The World Food Prize

Michigan Youth Institute

 

BECOME A STUDENT LEADER IN THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER!

 HOW TO PARTICIPATE

2015 Paper Instructions

Sample Paper

Paper Evaluation Rubric

Important Dates

Student Registration Form
(Due: 7/17/15)

Teacher/Mentor Registration Form
(Due: 7/17/15)

Required Code of Conduct/Media Medical Release Forms:
Student 
Teacher/Mentor
Must be faxed to: 517-353-4846

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Don't miss the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute at Michigan State University - August 10, 2015!

 At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students have the opportunity to:

  • Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with local experts
  • Connect with other student leaders from across Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships
  • Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy
  • Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Michigan State University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Michigan working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To participate in the Michigan Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a two to five page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Students must register online and submit their research paper by July 17, 2015. Eighth through Twelfth grade students in the 2014-2015 school year are eligible to participate.

Papers will be evaluated by an expert committee (based on the evaluation rubric above).

Both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in East Lansing, Michigan. 

The Michigan Youth Institute is hosted by Michigan State University and sponsored in part by Michigan 4-H, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan FFA and MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Michigan Youth Institute, contact the Michigan State Coordinators: Makena Schultz at schul430@anr.msu.edu or (517) 432-7603 and Brian Wibby at wibby@anr.msu.edu or (906) 475-5731.

 

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR MICHIGAN YOUTH INSTITUTE PARTICIPANTS

The Global Youth Institute: Up to two student delegates will be selected to represent Michigan at the Global Youth Institute held in Des Moines, Iowa, October 15-17, 2015.  There, they will join over 300 other outstanding high school students and teacher/mentors from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.

By participating in the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship or USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship.

Borlaug-Ruan International Internship: an all-expenses-paid, eight-week hands-on experience for high school students to work with world-renowned scientists and policymakers at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1998, 227 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Turkey to get a firsthand view of pressing food security and nutritional problems in poverty-stricken areas and take part in ground-breaking research.

Wallace-Carver Fellowship: a paid two-month research or policy placement at a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory or field office, or at USDA headquarters in Washington D.C. In 2015, up to 100 Wallace-Carver Fellows will intern at USDA, analyzing agricultural and economic policy; assisting in the management of food, nutrition and rural development programs; and taking part in groundbreaking field and laboratory-based research. Fellows travel to Washington DC at the start of their internship for a week-long high-level leadership program hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


     

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