For Students


In line with NAPB’s goal to advance excellence in research, education, and outreach in the field of plant improvement, this award fosters diversity in our membership and scholarship.The goal of this award is to support undergraduate and early graduate students belonging to historically underrepresented groups from the United States in their plant breeding career. Focusing on early career students we will encourage their success in plant breeding in the long term. By sponsoring their registration to our annual meeting and by connecting them with an NAPB mentor, we are ensuring that the next generation of plant breeders represent the full scope of the people we serve. Through this award, we welcome young scientists and students who may otherwise not have considered a career in plant improvement through networking and by giving them an opportunity to connect with peers with similar interests in this field.


  • Paid registration to the NAPB Annual Conference hosted by Cornell
  • Showcase your interest and work to the NAPB community
  • Connection with an NAPB mentor
    • Source of professional development support and guidance
  • Participation in mentee – mentor networking session
  • Participation in the NAPB Diversity Enhancement Award Lunch Discussion
  • Mentor and mentee can choose to remain in contact after the annual meeting with both parties’ consent.


  • Priority will be given to early career graduate students and all level undergraduates who have an interest in developing a career related to plant breeding. If you are a graduate student close to graduation, we recommend the Borlaug Scholars program.
  • Individuals must self-identify as belonging to an underrepresented minority group in plant breeding. This includes but is not limited to ability, racial, ethnic, or gender identity minorities.

Application Process

  • Application opens June, 2021.
  • Applications must be received in full through the online application submission system by August 6th, 2021 @ 5:00 PM EST.