The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison will host the fifth annual World Food Prize Wisconsin Youth Institute April 8 on campus.

The day-long program gives Wisconsin high school students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to engage directly with leading researchers and industry experts specializing in food systems and natural resources on the topic of world hunger and poverty. In order to participate, students must submit a two- to three-page paper about a global food security issue that they research and write under the supervision of a teacher/mentor.

The top students at the Wisconsin Youth Institute will be invited to attend the three-day World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, held in conjunction with the World Food Prize International Symposium in Iowa in October. Participating students are also eligible for internships and fellowships. Educators who attend the Global Youth Institute have the opportunity to participate in professional development programming.

The deadline to submit papers is March 25. There is no cost to participate in the Wisconsin Youth Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both students and their supervising teachers/mentors must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Madison.

More information about the Wisconsin Youth Institute, including research paper guidelines, is available at WIYouthInstitute.

For more information, contact Plia Xiong at or 608-265-2051.