2023 World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute

May 11, 2023 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023 - 11:59PM

642 Red Cedar Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824


Contact: Brian Wibby

The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute (WFPMIYI) is a one-day online event where youth in grades 7-12:

  • 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 Michigan to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships.
  • Interact with global leaders in science, agriculture, industry and policy.
  • Take part in interactive immersion experience sessions to explore current research and issues related to food and food security.
  • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in Michigan working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security here, and around the world.

When and where: May 11, 2023, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET - Participants have the option of joining the World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute in person on the campus of MSU in East Lansing, MI or by participating from anywhere else using Zoom video/web conference technology.

Who: Students who are in grades 7 through 12 during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to register by submitting a three to five page paper (see link below).

Cost: FREE

Registration deadline: March 15, 2023

Online registration for youth participants and their adult teachers or mentors will begin on Feb. 1, 2023 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/miyi22

  • Youth Registration - Registration Open from Feb. 1 to March 15, 2023
    (Please note that youth must submit their completed research paper as part of the registration process.)
  • Teacher and Adult Mentor Registration Deadline: March 15, 2023

Paper guidelines: Using the Global Challenge Paper Guidelines, youth will select a developing country and research one of 20 key factors that affect food security (examples of key factors include plant science, water scarcity, dietary diseases, malnutrition or international trade). Each participant will write a two-five page paper outlining their research findings, as well as an approach/recommendation they develop to overcome the issue. 

During the event: Youth will give a short presentation on their research paper and recommendations. Presentations will be 5 minutes in length and presented in a round table format so youth can receive feedback on their research from their peers and experts that will be assigned to each group. During the Institute, youth will also participate in a live interactive session with global challenge experts to learn more about topics related to global food and food security.  

During the event, youth will be evaluated by the experts in their presentation groups based on their individual presentations. Papers will be evaluated by a member of the World Food Prize Foundation Board of Reviewers and each youth will receive individualized feedback on their research.

The top performing youth will be considered as possible delegates to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (or virtually), October 2023. The quality of student research papers and presentations will be the primary measurements used to select potential World Food Prize Global Youth Institute delegates from Michigan. Students selected as finalists to join Michigan's delegation to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute will be invited to participate in a video conference interview with the WFPMIYI coordinators.

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