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A choice group of undergraduates will become part of a new Food Policy Think Tank at UNCG.

The Think Tank, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Science’s MERGE faculty network and the Lloyd International Honors College, will give students a chance to work with food policy experts and community food stakeholders, build research skills, and engage the implications of what and how we eat. Admission to the Think Tank is competitive, and all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 3.3 GPA or higher may apply.

The project, designed by Dr. Susan Andreatta (Anthropology) and Dr. Marianne LeGreco (Communication Studies), is a year-long undertaking during the 2011-12 academic year for which student participants will receive three credit hours of honors credit during the spring semester. The Think Tank curriculum will include bi-weekly classroom meetings and semi-monthly community events. Students will engage in field work, research and other assignments outside the classroom. Topics will range from gathering data to studying how media and social media affect food policy.

Andreatta has worked extensively with NC farmers and fishermen to support local food systems, developing a model for Community Supported Fisheries. LeGreco has studied and written about the communication processes associated with food policy.

Numerous community stakeholders have pledged support for the Think Tank, including the Guilford County Health Department, Greensboro Urban Harvest, Get Healthy Guilford, the Montagnard Dega Association and the Edible School Yard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Faculty members Lauren Haldemen (Nutrition) and Charlie Headington (Religious Studies) will also contribute their time and expertise.

Space is limited to 20 students. Students can download applications online at http://honorscollege.uncg.edu/thinktank/Think_Tank_Student_Application.pdf.

Completed applications, including two essays and letters of recommendation, must be submitted to the Honors College office in 205 Foust Building by April 1.

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