Borlaug Poster Competition

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the Nutritional Sciences Council are pleased to present the 18th Annual Norman Borlaug Lectureship Poster Competition for Graduate and Undergraduate Students.

Submitting a Poster

*Poster abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2019 competition

Students are encouraged to enter poster abstracts related to world issues.  Submit your poster title and an abstract (250 word limit) by completing the Norman Borlaug Poster Competition submission survey by 5:00 pm, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, to be considered for this competition. 

NOTE: You cannot save the survey and return to finish it at a later date. Therefore, please have your abstract completed, as well as the answer to this: “In 150 words or less, explain how the research project described in your abstract relates to world food issues,” before starting the survey.

To be considered for this competition, your abstract must contain:

  • Title
  • Your name
  • Name of faculty mentor(s) and their departments

The following sections should not exceed 250 words total:

  • hypothesis and objectives of project;
  • methods, results, discussion, conclusion;
  • a brief description of the relationship of project to world food issues (1-3 sentences).

Poster judging at the event on Monday, October 14, will consider:

  • content and organization including overall content, logical presentation, clarity of expression, punctuation
  • quality of presented research or study and relevance to world food issues including techniques and experimental design if appropriate, if topic is current, innovative and provides better understanding
  • presentation and explanation of materials and methods
  • presentation and explanation of results that are scientifically sound to explain results
  • conclusions including soundness, supported by results, concise, precise, adequate and appropriate
  • oral presentation skills in discussing your work and the relationship of the project to world food issues with the judges

You may use a poster prepared for another event. Your poster should be able to fit on a board no more than 40″ wide and 36″ tall. If you need a poster printed, please contact your project mentors.

You will be notified by October 7, 2019, whether or not your poster has been selected for the competition.

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 14, 2019
Great Hall, Memorial Union
Poster set up & judging:  5:45-7:45 p.m.
Poster Display:  7:00-8:00 p.m. during Reception
Lecture: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Hold the Date

Join a conversation with the 2019 World Food Prize Laureate, Simon Groot, a sixth-generation seedsman and the founder and leader of East-West Seed, Monday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union. Posters will address world issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.

Having observed the many challenges facing poverty-stricken smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia, Groot founded East-West Seed in 1982 in the Philippines. It was the first market-oriented vegetable seeds breeding company with smallholders as the main client base and was based on the idea that a high-quality, well-adapted vegetable seed could change the lives of the poor. Over the past four decades Groot has focused on making vegetable seeds available to millions of smallholder farmers throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America, allowing them to earn greater incomes and improve nutrition through enhanced vegetable production.

Norman Borlaug Lecture

Dr. Norman Borlaug (1914-2009) was a Cresco, Iowa, native whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his contribution to world peace through his wheat research and production that saved millions of lives worldwide. He founded the World Food Prize in 1986 to recognize the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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