The theme for the 2021 symposium is “Cultivation & Culture.” Since this year is our 10th anniversary, the 2021 theme will be a combination of topics addressing where plant breeding has been and where it may go in the future, while highlighting historically underrepresented plant breeders and geneticists, native and diverse plant species, and underutilized cultivation methods.

To accomplish this, we will be splitting the day into 3 sub-themes around the Past, Present, and Future of Plant Breeding.

  • The Past: The Roots of Breeding
  • The Present: Culture of Plant Breeding
  • The Future: Where does our field go in the digital age?

Our goal is to spread the wealth of knowledge generated by these sources, so that plant breeders and geneticists can use this in ongoing and future efforts to combat the challenges we face in plant breeding.

Additionally, we are soliciting applications for Graduate Student Speakers.

2021 Cornell Corteva Plant Breeding Symposium Graduate Student Speaker Application

Selected applicants need to be prepared to give a 15 minute presentation focused on their research with 5 minutes for questions on the day of the symposium.

Please do not let our theme deter you from applying! Applicants will be selected based on the overall merits of their application, not the adherence to our theme.


  • Application Closes: March 1, 2021
  • Applicants Notified: March 10, 2021
  • Symposium:  April 23, 2021

Questions? Contact Aimee Schulz: