Rutgers to host the first New Jersey Youth Institute of the World Food Prize on March 4th on Cook Campus.

World Food Prize

Calling all High School Students-
Are you interested in global issues related to food security? Issues varying from sustainable agriculture to human rights, from plant science to foreign aid? Would you like to take an active role in identifying solutions to food security issues? If so, become a student leader in the global fight against huger! Don’t miss the New Jersey Youth Institute (part of The World Food Prize) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – March 4, 2016!

At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students (8th – 12th graders) have the opportunity to:
Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
Connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey 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 Rutgers University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
   • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
To participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines). Each teacher or mentor must register their participating students online and submit each student’s research paper online by February 1, 2016. Eighth through twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to apply.

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

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 New Brunswick, NJ.
The New Jersey Youth Institute is hosted by the State University of New Jersey with the generous support of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Jersey FFA, New Jersey 4-H, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Visit the webpage for more details (including instructions, sample papers, the evaluation rubric and a link to the registration site) – Be sure to check out the list of opportunities available to NJ Youth Institute participants.

Questions about participating in the New Jersey Youth Institute should be directed to the State Coordinator Dr. Laura Lawson at or call at 848-932-8010.


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