For Students

Networking Opportunities

Throughout the conference there will be opportunities to meet in small groups or chat one-on-one with professionals.

Sunday, August 15th
Professional Development Workshop: 10 – 4 pm EST
Noon: Network Lunch

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience™ and Bayer© Crop Science.

Your Development for the Next Normal

Join us for an exciting professional development session focused on building your network, relationship mapping and effective communication skills in with particular emphasis on adapting to the Next Normal in a virtual environment. In this session you will practice leadership skills, prepare for specific work situations, and learn skills to enhance your professional development goals. As a part of our continued focus to support student development, we are pleased to bring this opportunity to you as co-sponsored by Bayer and Corteva.

A network lunch with the participation of Corteva and Bayer plant breeders will start at noon and will provide participants with a unique interacting opportunity with experienced plant breeders from both companies.

Klaus Koehler
NA Corn Breeding Logistics Lead
Corteva Agriscience™

JD Rossouw
Head of Plant Breeding North America
Bayer – Crop Science


NAPB Diversity Initiative Discussion Panel (Luncheon)

Hosted by: Juan M. Gonzalez

Date & Time: TBA (duration: 1 hr)


Through this discussion panel we will support our Diversity Scholars by addressing questions they may have about navigating a career in plant improvement. Additionally, this will be a space for an open and respectful conversation about the unique challenges minorities in plant improvement careers face. This event is also a networking opportunity toward connecting our Diversity Scholars to members of the greater NAPB community. The discussion panel will be composed of diversity mentors and other NAPB professional members interested in supporting this diversity initiative.



  • Moderated by Juan M. Gonzalez.
  • Diversity Scholars briefly introduce themselves and their professional goals
  • Diversity scholars will have an opportunity to submit questions before hand and throughout the session
  • Panel addresses questions with the help of the moderator
  • Topics for discussion include:
    -Advice on how to secure Diversity Scholar’s professional goals
    -Private or public sector research
    -Adapting to a new crop
    -Advice on how to address challenges underrepresented minorities face in this field
  • How has implicit (or explicit) bias affected your experience working in agribusiness?
  • How have you addressed these challenges?
  • Opportunities that Diversity Mentors may take advantage of
    -Networking opportunities
  • Reflect on how our experiences as minorities can inform diversity initiatives moving forward at NAPB



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.

Award Description

  • 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.


The meeting will consist of invited talks and contributed virtual poster sessions. Both require an abstract be submitted, noting that the presenting author must be registered to attend the conference.

All presenters must download and use the pre-formatted abstract template. Simply replace the bracketed text with your text. Do not alter font size or type.

When done, save the file as YourName-abstract.doc or .docx and submit the abstract electronically using the Submit Abstract button below. Abstracts submitted by email will not be accepted.

Titles and Abstracts will be accepted until June 30, 2021.



Posters will be displayed virtually for the entire conference. Presenting authors will be expected to be available online at their posters during scheduled display times when presenting authors will have the opportunity to engage with attendees and answer questions via Zoom. Posters presented by graduate students will participate in a poster competition. Any questions? Please contact us.