Global Partnership in Plant Breeding and Genetics


The Global Partnership in Plant Breeding and Genetics at Purdue University brings together corporate, government, and university researchers to create a platform to educate and prepare young scientists for leadership roles in plant breeding. The goal of the Partnership Program is to educate students in scientifically sound, plant breeding research and provide professional experiences that create a knowledgeable cadre of professional plant breeders.
The structure of the Partnership is composed of the Project Director, Partnership Advisory Committee, and the participating government, corporate and university scientists, researchers, and administrators. The Advisory Committee is composed of external representatives of the plant breeding community representing industry, government and universities. The Project Director and Advisory Committee have responsibility for defining overall program goals and identifying and prioritizing research areas.

Graduate students participate in:  

  • Graduate student internships
  • Monthly meetings with public and private sector researchers to foster professional networks of plant scientists
  • Training in extension and K-12 student education
  • Specialized course work in Applied Management Principles, Applied Statistics, and Graduate Teaching Certificate
  • Attend professional meetings​



Our goal is to develop the intellectual capital to effectively address complex plant traits through integration of transdisciplinary sciences, and for all students to participate in outreach activities to connect the science and the scientist to society. ​
  • Participate in program learning experiences
    • Department seminars, student research, education and Extension presentations.
  • Develop professional skills for academia and industry
    • Research presentations at professional conferences or industry meetings, scientific publications, outreach programs for K-12 school systems and promote STEM interest through career and science fairs. Students also participate in business management programs and complete the graduate-level course "Communicate with the Public".
  • Complete and off-campus internship with an industry, government or non-governmental organization
  • Interact with university and corporate mentors
    • ​University faculty will guide students as major professors. Industry or government scientists may serve on graduate student committees, and supervise internship experiences.​

​For More Information

Dr. Mitch Tuinstra, Professor of Plant Breeding
(765) 494-9093