High school students to vie for Global Youth Institute

March 31, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Forty-five Indiana high school students studying to help end world hunger will compete at Purdue University for the opportunity to attend the World Food Prize Foundation's annual Global Youth Institute.

The program allows students to research topics related to food insecurity and present their findings on a state and global level and in front of audiences of educators, scientists, researchers, experts and fellow students.

The students will give presentations April 10-11on papers they have written based on their research on the topic of global food insecurity. Panels of judges, mostly Purdue Agriculture faculty and staff but also including industry and alumni, will select the top students. About four will be chosen to represent Indiana at the institute in Des Moines, Iowa, in October.

"Purdue's connection with the World Food Prize Foundation allows Indiana youth to explore, learn and be inspired," said Donna Keener, academic coordinator for Purdue's Department of Food Science. "Students work hard on their research and gain a global perspective on major issues and challenges for our world. Students often find this to be a life-changing event leading to additional opportunities and a meaningful career path."

As part of the competition's program at Purdue, the students will hear messages about the importance of working to reduce food insecurity from two World Food Prize laureates from Purdue. Gebisa Ejeta, distinguished professor of agronomy and recipient of the World Food Prize in 2009, will give the keynote address during a breakfast April 10.  Philip E. Nelson, 2007 laureate and now retired, will speak to the students via Skype during lunch the same day.           

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu 

Source: Donna Keener, 765-494-2766, dlkeener@purdue.edu

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