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10th annual Iowa Youth Institute held virtually, inspires statewide


More than 250 Iowa high school students from 102 schools across the state participated virtually in the World Food Prize Foundation Iowa Youth Institute held virtually on Monday. The Iowa Youth Institute, now in its 10th year, is endowed by Paul Schickler, former DuPont Pioneer president, and his wife, Claudia, in partnership with Iowa State University. The event was created to inspire Iowa high school students on global issues in STEM, and over the past decade has reached more than 2,500 students. “Iowa State University is deeply proud to mark 10 years of partnering with the World Food Prize Foundation to provide this premier educational opportunity,” said ISU President Wendy Wintersteen. “Iowa State’s role in the Iowa Youth Institute is supported by the dedicated and tireless efforts of so many individuals in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, including leaders like David Acker, professor and associate dean for global engagement. We know that building a diverse pipeline of talent and innovation is essential for addressing the grand challenges of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition, and this program has been incredibly successful at doing just that.” This year, the event was expanded to two days to ensure students receive a more personal experience through smaller discussion groups.

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