Photo left to right: Jenna Bensko, Pratyoosh Kashyap, Rebecca Wasserman-Olin

Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Food Systems Institute Student Symposium!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

First Place: Rebecca Wasserman-Olin, DARE: Finding Community Among Diversified Vegetable Farmers and Stakeholder Led Research, $500.

Second Place: Pratyoosh Kashyap, DARE: Diffusion of Universal Free School Meals in the United States: Examining Factors Influencing Adoption of Community Eligibility Provision, $250.

Third Place: Jenna Bensko, FSHN: Associations between sustainability scores and the likelihood of offering menu items with various protein sources in the top selling US restaurant chains, $100.

The aim of this event, which we hope will become an annual occurrence, are multiple: to highlight the engaged, outward facing research and scholarship that CSU students are doing on food systems-related issues; to build bridges between and across not only disciplines, but also town and gown; to make visible the amazing work our students are doing, particularly as it relates to food and agriculture, to the broader campus community; and to professionally develop the next generation of food systems thinkers and doers. Unlike typical research-oriented symposiums, we want students to tell their research stories—e.g., what drove them to study what they did, what they hope to accomplish, who they met along the way (including non-academic stakeholders), and how their research can make a difference. The event is open to both graduate and upper-level undergraduate (at least 90 credit hours completed) students. The competition has two rounds3-minute presentations with three students moving to the finalist stage to present 10-minute presentations to compete for three cash prizes.


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