Mexico: International Crop Field Research

AGRO 5999

August 4 - 11, 2016

Application Deadline:
March 30, 2016

Corn Field

Are you interested in increasing global food security? Consider this week-long program in Mexico as a summer study abroad option. This course consists of a seven-day trip to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in el Batan, Mexico to learn about maize breeding for the developing work and its influence on food production and environmental sustainability. Learn about the Seeds of Discovery project, which is an ongoing international effort striving to share the genetic profiles of both maize and wheat. This great educational experience will be combined with cultural excursions to immerse students in Mexican culture. Trips include visits to local markets and a tour of the Teotihuacan Pyramids, the historical center of Mayan culture.

For more information, see the syllabus PDF icon International_Crop_Research_Course_Syllabus.pdf


Undergraduate and graduate students interested in international crop breeding and research, sustainable agriculture, and/or health and nutrition. 


The 2016 fee is $2,200 and includes all onsite costs including lodging, meals, program activities and local transportation.  You will also need to budget $1,000-1,300 for airfare and personal expenses.

Agronomy and Plant Genetics undergraduate and graduate students scholarship support is available with an estimated eligible amount of $500 per student.  For more details, see the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics website. 


Candice Hirsch is an Assistant Professor in the Agronomy and Plant Genetics Department. Her primary focus is on research and education about maize genomics. Hirsch has a special interest in studying maize genotypic and phenotypic diversity as it relates to improving maize as a crop plant.