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Missouri Youth Institute





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2016 Paper Instructions

Sample Paper
Paper Evaluation Rubric

Teacher Registration Form
(Due 1/15/2016)

Student Registration Form
(Due 1/15/2016)

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Don't miss the Missouri Youth Institute at the University of Missouri – February 26, 2016!

 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 Missouri 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 University of Missouri to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college security around the world.


To participate in the Missouri Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three-four page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Students must register online and submit their research paper by January 15, 2016. Ninth through Twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to participate.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on the evaluation rubric above).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Columbia, MO.

The Missouri Youth Institute is hosted by the University of Missouri with the generous support of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), Missouri 4-H, Missouri FFA, and The Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for Leadership in International Development. 

For more information on how to participate in the 2016 Missouri Youth Institute, please contact the Missouri State Coordinator Dr. Michael Ouart at or 573-823-7276.


The Global Youth Institute:  The top students at the Missouri Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of Missouri as a delegate at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, October 13-15, 2016. There, they will join 400 other outstanding high school students and teachers 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 over 65 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, 250 Borlaug-Ruan Interns have traveled to Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, 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. Wallace-Carver Fellows 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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