Marshalltown High School students Abby Snyder and Emma Runquist were among 300 Iowa high school students invited to attend the first Iowa Youth Institute held at Iowa State University Monday, April 30.
This new program, an extension of the World Food Prize’s existing youth programs, aims to challenge and inspire Iowa students to think globally and consider opportunities in the sciences as they embark on their careers and post-secondary studies.
Snyder and Runquist were selected for the Institute after researching and writing a paper on the topic “Cultivating Innovations to Feed the World”. An expert committee evaluated papers before students were invited to participate.
During this unique daylong program, students toured research facilities, labs and other ongoing projects on the Iowa State University campus. The also presented research papers they’d written on a chosen aspect of global food security and interacted with Iowa business and industry leaders, academics, legislative officials and their peers.