A selection committee led by University of California President Janet Napolitano has named UC Davis senior Ren Bautista as the winner of the student logo design contest for the UC Global Food Initiative, it was announced today (Dec. 15).
Bautista, a civil engineering major, will receive $2,000 for creating the winning logo. Bautista’s design conceptualizes the initiative’s goal of putting the world on a path to feed itself nutritiously and sustainably by picturing a head of cabbage in the soil, which also can be seen as an open book, a symbol of UC research and education. The blue ring incorporated in the design represents the world, highlighting the global scope of the initiative.
Bautista’s entry was selected from among 19 submissions from five UC campuses. The contest was open to currently registered undergraduate, graduate or professional school students who attend any of UC’s 10 campuses.
“Student engagement is critical to the UC Global Food Initiative,” Napolitano said. “I applaud Ren for this winning design and thank all of the participating students for their submissions.”
Napolitano, together with UC’s 10 chancellors, launched the UC Global Food Initiative in July. On Tuesday (Dec. 9), UC announced that 54 UC students have been awarded Global Food Initiative fellowships that will fund projects addressing issues ranging from community gardens and food pantries to urban agriculture and food waste.