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IOP Policy Challenges

Each quarter, the Institute of Politics challenges UChicago students to come up with and present solutions to major issues in local, national, and global politics.

Spring 2023 Challenge

Solving World Hunger

The Institute of Politics and the Kiphart Center for Global Health and Social Development are joining forces for a university-wide contest soliciting student-generated policy solutions to solve world hunger. Your challenge is to present a plan to attack hunger anywhere around the globe – from conflict zones to your own college campus and anywhere in between – formed through your specific area of study or interest. Your plan outline could increase sustainable agricultural productivity or a new food production system; creatively invest in research and technology; hit on trade policies or create new forms of food access – the sky's the limit. Be creative! Every avenue is yours to explore.

This contest is open to all students and no prior policy background or coursework is required. Students will compete in teams of 2-5 participants and present proposals to a panel of experts. Each member of the winning team will receive $500.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Attend an info session at the IOP on Monday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m. CT to answer any questions you may have (optional and no registration is required). Lunch will be provided.

Register your team’s participation by Sunday, April 16 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Only 20 teams will be allowed to participate. Team registrations are on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay.

Participate in competition mentor office hours (optional).

Submit your team’s proposals here by Sunday, May 7 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Share your team’s slide deck (if there is one) with IOP staff by 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, May 9.

Attend and present at the pitch mixer on Thursday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. CT. Three finalists will be named.

Finalists will present their proposals on Monday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. CT. A winner will be named.

Past Challenges

Winter 2023 | Rerouting: Public Transportation for All

The Institute of Politics and the Center for Effective Government joined forces for a university-wide contest soliciting student-generated policy solutions to fix Chicago’s transit system.

Fall 2022 | The $1.6 Trillion Question

The Institute of Politics teamed up with the Harris School of Public Policy for a contest soliciting student-generated policy solutions to the student-debt crisis.

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