Student Essay Contest Calls for Future Food System Thought Leaders, Submissions Due Sept. 24

September 8, 2021 - 2 min read

InternationalProtein Report, the online publication and industry platform advancing protein literacy for safer, more sustainable food systems, has announced the launch of an essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students from around the world.

Made possible by a $5000 Flash Grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation, nominated by cellular agriculture research organization, New Harvest, the Student Essay Contest is offering cash prizes worth $3000 — $1500 for first-place winners in each the undergraduate and graduate student divisions. Second-place winners will receive exciting non-cash prizes, while winners, runners up, and honorable mention submissions will all be announced and published on Protein Report.

According to organizers, the contest's main goals are threefold:

  • To support, encourage, and reward emerging thought leadership and excellence in communication
  • To showcase the wide range of disciplines, approaches, and perspectives needed to effectively address food system challenges
  • To promote inclusive, constructive dialogue and communication strategies around complex, often contentious issues

In order to ensure essay submissions are critically evaluated against these aims, as well as for their technical merits, a panel of expert judges has been recruited to read and score the finalist essays. The judge panel is comprised of some of the most widely respected leaders in their fields, with organizations represented including New Harvest, Cellular Agriculture Australia, University of California, Davis, FAIRR Initiative, University of the Fraser Valley, Cultured Meat Symposium, Helikon Consulting, Iowa State University, University of California, Santa Cruz, Aleph Farms, and Eat Just, Inc. The full panel of judges can be seen here.

Protein Report and members of the judge panel have been promoting the contest on social media to make sure all interested students have a chance to participate. Anyone interested in supporting the contest's goals is encouraged to share this announcement widely among students, professors, and other university contacts who can help amplify the call for submissions, which must be received by September 24, 2021.

Students interested in participating should carefully read the contest's prompt, rules, requirements, and FAQ.

For full details, visit the contest page at:

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