Youth Institute attracts 150 participants

The University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) is hosting the 2017 MN Youth Institute on the St. Paul campus on Monday, May 15th. The program, which has been hosted by CFANS since 2008, engages high school students in solving local and global hunger issues. Before the event, students research a solution to a food security issue in a developing nation, submit a short paper about the solution and on May 15, more than 150 students will come to campus to present their solutions to research, business and legislative leaders in a roundtable discussion.

"In addition to the roundtable discussions, we engage the students in hands-on science immersion experiences, workshops on admissions and professional development," said Mohamed Yakub, program coordinator. "We take the experience to the fullest extent, giving these teens an opportunity to see where this kind of research can take them. Each student will have an opportunity to practice networking with professionals, and they will also get to take home a professional headshot. "

Students from all across the state will present their solutions, including representatives from the following schools: South Minneapolis High School, Grand Rapids High School, Minnesota Transition School Minnesota Connections Academy (MTSMCA), Staples-Motley High School, Lincoln Secondary High School, Wayzata High School, Totino-Grace High School, Humboldt High School, Maple Grove Senior High School, Burnsville High School, Nova Classical Academy, Braham Area High School, Park High School, Austin Senior High, Woodbury High School, Redwood Valley High School and Ubah Medical Academy.

Based on the papers and presentations, the selection panel will choose six students to present their research solutions at the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2017. The event is limited to 200 student winners from around the world.

If you're interested in chatting with students about your department, courses, and career opportunities in various science fields, write to Yakub at