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Our objective is to encourage and facilitate the contact between UC Davis students and seed industry professionals.

very month, we go to great length to attract students to our networking event.

  • At every networking event, we draw the name of one student present that day.
    The winner gets
    to shadow a seed industry researcher for a day or two.
    Every three months, the last 3 winners have dinner with a seed company's research executive and HR manager.

  • The drawing system is simple and efficient:

    • at registration, each student is given a number of BALLOT cards, on which the student's name is entered;

    • the student gives one BALLOT card to each industry member he/she visits with during the networking event;

    • after 90 minutes of networking, all BALLOT cards are put into the ballot box and one card is drawn. The more industry members the student has visited with during the previous 90 minutes, the more times his/her name will be in the ballot box.

  • Grand Prize 2013

    • East-West Seed Company offered a 3-month internship in East-West's research station in Chiang Mai, Thailand, all expenses paid. Winner: Mohan Niroula.

  • Grand Prize 2014

    • HM.Clause offered a Grand Prize composed of 2-week internships at each of the company's U.S. research stations in California, Idaho, Michigan and Florida. Winner: Mitchell Harkenrider.

  • Grand Prize 2015

    • Monsanto Company offered a Vegetable Breeding Technology Internship at the Woodland, California research station in the summer 2015. Winner: Randi Jimenez
      Research project: Inheritance of “perma-green” trait in peppers.
      Hands on experience:

      • Pepper breeding techniques

      • Genotypic analysis

      • Vegetable quality phenotyping

      • Marker application

  • Grand Prize 2016

    • East-West Seed Company offered a 3-month internship to 3 UC Davis students at East-West's research station in Thailand, The Philippines and Tanzania. Winners: David O'Donnell, Daniel Caddell, and  Sultan Beardsley.

  • Grand Prize 2018

    • East-West Seed Company offered a 3-month internship to 3 UC Davis students at East-West's research station in Thailand.

    • May-Agro Tohumculuk A.S. (May Seed) offered:

      • to UC Davis 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students and MS or PhD student: a 3-month internship at the company's research station in Bursa, Turkey, and
      • to new UC Davis graduates with MS or PhD: 6- to 18-month internships at the company's research station in Bursa, Turkey.


Several times a year
, we take a group of students to visit a seed or seed-related company and to talk with the company's employees. The Seed Central field trips are open to all UC Davis students, undergraduates and graduates. Postdocs are also welcome.

Several times a year
, we offer career development workshops where students acquire networking skills and business etiquette, craft and practice their "elevator pitch", and learn what it means to be a business professional.

NEW AA PROGRAM at local colleges
We are working with Hartnell College (Salinas, CA) and Woodland Community College (Woodland, CA) to facilitate the launch in 2014 of a new AA program for Horticultural Technician. Several Seed Central members are providing input for the creation of the curriculum. Graduates will be well prepared to work in our industry.
We will encourage community colleges in other seed industry hubs to do the same.

A every UC Davis Career Fair, Seed Central makes a table available to its members.

Seed Central members Monsanto Company (left) and HM.Clause share Seed Central's table at the 2017 Career Fair


To participate in the student program, please contact Kathleen Bess-Esparza: klesparza@ucdavis.edu

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