Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
University of California
Plant Breeding Academy

PBA in Davis-Class VIII

The Seed Biotechnology Center at the University of California, Davis has organized a professional development course to teach the principles of plant breeding to seed industry personnel. This two-year course addresses the reduced numbers of plant breeders being trained in academic programs. Participants meet at UC Davis for six sessions over two years. Readings and exercises continue between sessions via internet to allow participants to maintain their current positions while being involved in the course. 

Course goal: This course develops the skills and abilities of current industry personnel to enable them to become independent breeders or more valuable contributors to larger breeding programs.

Who should attend? The course is targeted toward personnel currently involved in plant breeding programs who lack the academic background in genetics theory and practice to advance as independent breeders. Current breeders who desire a refresher course or would like to broaden their expertise would also be potential participants.

When will the in-residence sessions be held? Instruction for the 2020-2022 Academy cohort was originally set to begin in September of 2020 and run through June of 2022.

However, due to the COVID pandemic, the initiation of PBA VIII is now delayed with plans to start in the Fall of 2021. We hope by that time, it will be safe to travel and hold in-person trainings.

The dates below are tentative based on whether we are able to hold in-person classes in September of 2021.

September 13-18, 2021
February 7-12, 2022
June 6-11, 2022

September 12-17, 2022
February 6-11, 2023
June 5-9, 2023

Application and Admission: To provide a personalized learning environment, the program is limited to 20 participants. Applicants should complete the on-line form and separately mail or email a resume in order to be considered for enrollment. Applicants' background and experience will be reviewed to ensure they meet the minimal requirements before acceptance. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree (or demonstrate equivalent professional experience) and have taken introductory courses in statistics and genetics. Practical experience, academic standing (GPA or equivalent) and rationale for participation in the Academy will be evaluated. Among applicants meeting the program requirements, acceptance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Acceptance is not secured until the first year's tuition is received.

Tuition: Tuition is $24,000 USD per participant for the two-year program (Early registration is $23,000 USD). Tuition includes all course materials and fees. Lunches and breaks during residence in Davis are provided. Travel, accommodations and other meals during in-residence sessions are not included. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 USD will be due within 30 days of acceptance into the Academy, and will be applied toward tuition. A letter requesting the balance of the first year's tuition will be sent once the deposit is received. The second-year tuition ($12,000 USD, or $11,000 USD for early registration) will be due by Summer of 2022. No refunds will be issued for an annual payment. Payment procedures will be provided to applicants following acceptance into the Academy.


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