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2022 Northern Great Plains Youth Institute

Monday, May 9, 2022 - University of Minnesota Crookston 
Paper deadline submission extended to April 11, 2022.

The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, an official World Food Prize event, is a potentially life-changing experience at the University of Minnesota Crookston where high school students engage with local leaders and experts on critical global challenges, participate in hands-on activities, and explore exciting ways to make a difference in Minnesota and around the world.

Participating high school students research a global issue they care about and write a short paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor. Then at this event, participants will:

  • Present research and recommendations on ways to solve these key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
  • Connect with other student leaders to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
  • Explore the issues, current research and opportunities to make a difference at the University of Minnesota Crookston; and
  • Interact with global leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.

Papers will be evaluated by the World Food Prize Board of Reviewers. This distinguished group of educators and experts was established to mentor and personally encourage students. Reviewers write thoughtful, personalized feedback to each student who participates in the Youth Institute.

Why Participate?
Students who participate in the Northern Great Plains Youth Institute can earn a $1,000 scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston
, can gain recognition as a Borlaug Scholar, and may qualify for internships as well as other possible opportunities.

The World Food Prize was founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who saved over a billion people from famine and starvation through advances in crop breeding technologies. Today, The World Food Prize celebrates individuals who significantly improve global food security. The Northern Great Plains Youth Institute was established at UMN Crookston to engage high school students with local leaders and experts on critical global food security challenges, participate in hands-on learning, explore campus, and formally present their solutions to food security, environmental or social justice issues.


How to participate

High school students in grades 9-12 in the 2021-22 school year are eligible to apply. There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute, and meals will be provided during the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event on the Crookston campus.  We invite larger groups of students (such as entire high school classes) to attend as well.

Select a Mentor, Research an Issue, and Write a Paper

To participate in the Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a 2-to-3 page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using these guidelines). A mentor can be a teacher at your school, a 4-H club leader, a coach, or FFA Advisor. Ask your teacher/mentor to help you as you develop your ideas and revise your paper. View a sample paper PDF File Icon

Agenda - schedule of events

Agenda - schedule of events

2022 Northern Great Plains Youth Institute

Schedule of Events

9-10                Check-in                                               International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center (SCC)
                        UMN Crookston Academic Major Fair     Bede Ballroom, SCC
                        Light refreshments
                        Reviewer orientation                              Alseth Business Boardroom, Dowell Hall

10-10:20         Opening remarks                                  Bede Ballroom, SCC
                        Michelle Christopherson,                       Introduction
                        Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause                Campus Welcome

10:20-10:30    Breakout and transit to roundtable discussions   

10:30-12:00    Round table discussions

12:05-1:00      Lunch, buffet style                                     Bede Ballroom

1:15-1:45        Reviewers convene                                   Alseth Business Boardroom

1:15 – 2:30       

Immersion Session 1                                       TBD
Immersion Session 2                                       TBD

Immersion Session 3                                       Dowell 220
The Mysterious Fish Kill:  Using Chemistry and Biology to understand what causes a fish kill and to propose solutions to prevent fish kills from occurring.  Lead by Dr. Katy Chapman, Dr. Venu Mukku

2:30-3:00          Borlaug Certificate Awards                        Bede Ballroom

3pm                   Depart Campus

Current Partners: Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership (NWRSDP), Pine Lake Wild Rice Inc., Valley Plains Equipment and American Crystal Sugar Company Inc.

 

Registration Deadline

Registration Deadline

Please complete this online form to register for the 2022 Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, May 9, 2022, at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

In order for your registration to be complete please upload your research paper here: Student Research Paper Submission - Paper deadline is April 11.

To advance to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, students must write an (enhanced) three-five page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor to be eligible.

 

How to Register and Participate

How to Register and Participate

How to participate

To participate in the Northern Great Plains Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor.

Students must register here.
Submit your paper here.
Mentors/Teachers must register here.

Ninth through twelfth grade students are eligible to apply.

Registration and paper submission due online by:  April 4, 2022

Note: Registration and paper submission forms are now live!

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and meals will be provided during the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Minnesota.