The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have announced a second year for a program that encourages more students to get involved in swine and pork science research. Iowa students who complete and conduct a science experiment that is related to pigs, pork, pig production, swine care or in a related subject area will be eligible to receive a $200 scholarship.
"We are excited to offer this research opportunity to students," says Joyce Hoppes of the IPPA. "Our industry relies on science for advancement in animal care and product improvements."
The scholarship can assist students in the development of a project, be used to purchase supplies for their experiments or purchase supplies for the presentation of the project. The funds can also be used to help fund travel to any of the four science fairs and symposiums hosted in Iowa including: the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (March 1-2, 2021 online); the Western Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (online); the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (March 20, 2021 in Cedar Rapids); or the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (March 25-26, 2021 in Ames).
"Students can complete a research project in any of the more than 70 categories," says IALF Executive Director Will Fett. "There are so many interesting connections between pork and science that students can explore. Everything from biomedical and health sciences to mathematics and microbiology can relate to pork and swine."
Ten students (grades 6-12) will be selected to receive the scholarship. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be Jan. 29, 2021. Students selected to receive the scholarship and their teacher or sponsor will be contacted by Feb. 1, 2021.
For more information about this activity or other education activities please contact the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.