Sheep Project Earns N.D. Girl Trip to International Science Fair
May 12, 2017

Abbigale Steeke, a sophomore at Scranton (N.D.) Public School, is headed to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, May 14-19, thanks to a science project that incorporated the family's sheep flock.

Intel ISEF, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for an average of $4 million in prizes.

Steeke finished in the top two in her region to qualify for the trip, and is the first student since 1986 from the school to earn a spot in the prestigious science fair. She placed CIDRS (a progesterone product) in sheep and experimented with veterinarian-prescribed amounts of gonadotropin 600, also known as PG600, to determine its effect on the yield of her lamb crop.

"I did this because there's not a lot of information on sheep with a combination of CIDRS and PG600," she said. "There's a lot of things done on cows and sows, but not a lot published on sheep."

The project might even lend itself to follow-up experiments in the years to come. She first began the project in August 2016. The American Sheep Industry Association awarded Steeke a $500 stipend to assist with travel expenses during her trip to ISEF.