Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award

Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award

Support Science Achievement in Your Favorite School District!

Are you willing to help your favorite high school honor an outstanding junior for their scientific achievement? The Alumni Society of the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) welcomes your help to expand its Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award program, established in 2005. It recognizes a deserving high school junior who excels at science.

More than a book

In addition to receiving a thought-provoking book and award certificate the recipient is recognized for excellence in science—recognition that is surprisingly rare in high school awards programs. The student also benefits from establishing connections to the University of Minnesota and CFANS, as well as helpful alumni. Additionally,a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to each recipient upon his/ her successful enrollment in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Find out how you can become a volunteer! Make a difference in the life of a local student through just a few simple steps!

Who was Norman Borlaug?

Norman E. Borlaug is arguably CFANS' most famous alumnus. He earned a B.S. in Forestry in 1937, followed by an M.S in 1941 and Ph.D. in 1942, both in Plant Pathology. He developed semi-dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant wheat varieties that were introduced to Mexico, Pakistan and India and dramatically increased wheat production (and therefore food security) in those nations. He has been called the "father of the Green Revolution" and has been credited with saving possibly a billion people from starvation. In 1970, Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his significant contributions to humanity.

From 2005 - 2013 this junior book award program was known as the CFANS Science Achievement Award, but it was re-named the Norman Borlaug Science Achievement Award in 2014 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Norman Borlaug's birth. Borlaug is a prime example of how one individual can use his or her talent and scientific rigor to change the world. We believe his story can inspire future generations of scientists and scholars to pursue their studies in order to find solutions for some of the world's problems.