The scholarship winners were announced at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa
Des Moines, IA (June 12, 2013) – The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IBA) awarded an IBA State Science and Technology Fair Scholarship to Ethan Hellweg, a freshman at Central Lee High School in West Point, Iowa. Hellweg received one of five IBA scholarships awarded for exhibiting the best use of biotechnology at the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa (SSTFI), held April 5 at Iowa State University in Ames.
“Farmers in today’s world need pollinators to help produce more yield in soybeans and other various crop production,” said Ethan, “My project is about bee pollination on soybeans. I was trying to find what types of bees help pollinate soybeans more effectively. In my project, I used leafcutter bees and bumble bees. I found that the leafcutter bees produced a higher yield.”
Projects with a biotechnology focus were judged by IBA and several of its member companies. The panel used a standard scoring system and evaluated the students’ oral presentations to determine the five winners. Each student will receive $2,000 if they attend an in-state higher education institution or $1,000 if they go out-of-state. Since 2000, IBA has awarded 68 scholarships.
“The Iowa Biotech Association is proud of the 13 year partnership we have with the State Science and Technology Fair,” said Rachel Hurley, Executive Director of the IBA. “We appreciate the opportunity to encourage young minds to make a difference in the biotechnology industry.”