The World Food Prize Foundation

2016 Iowa Youth Institute Call for Participation


Des Moines, Iowa (Feb. 17, 2015) - The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute is inviting students from every high school in Iowa to participate in a day-long program at Iowa State University on April 25.

This opportunity encourages students to explore academic and career paths in fields related to STEM, food security, agriculture and global development, and aims to inspire the next generation of leaders through research presentations and networking with global experts.

Interested students select a developing country and write an essay about a key factor affecting its food security. The five-page paper should explain typical living conditions, the selected factor and potential solutions. Students will present their ideas at the Iowa Youth Institute, participate in interactive activities in labs and classrooms on campus, and interact with innovative professors and business leaders from across the state. All participants are eligible to earn a $500 scholarship to Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, as well as opportunities for prestigious international internships through the World Food Prize. The top Iowa participants will also be selected to join scientists and policy experts from around the world at the three-day World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in October.

In 2015, The Iowa Youth Institute had a record participation of 251 students from 123 high schools, and aims to eventually reach every school in Iowa to meaningfully engage students interested in these careers. This one-day event is offered at no cost to teachers or students. More details are available at Questions may be directed to Jacob Hunter, Director of the Iowa Youth Institute, at or 515-245-3727.


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