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Texas Youth Institute




2015 Paper Instructions

Sample Paper 1
Sample Paper 2

Download, Complete, and
Submit with Registration:
Liability Waiver
Resume Template

Registration Due: 1/30/2015
Online Registration Form

Important Dates

Contact the State Coordinator

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Don't miss the Texas Youth Institute at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo - March 4, 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 Texas 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 the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Texas working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.


The Global Youth Institute: three exceptional students at the Texas Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of Texas as delegates at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, October 15-17. There, they will join over 250 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 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, 204 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.

To participate in the Texas Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher mentor (using the downloadable guidelines above). Each school must register their nominees separately and submit each student's research paper online no later than January 30, 2015. Each student must also complete and submit the resume template by
January 30, 2015 to Veronica Rosas at Ninth through Twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

Meal and program expenses at the Texas Youth Institute are provided by Texas A&M University  for participating student delegates and their teacher mentors, but participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Houston.

For more information on how to participate in the Texas Youth Institute, contact the State Coordinators: Dr. Danielle Harris at or call at 979-845-3712.



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