Central features for Seed Central member companies
Encouraged by many of its members, Seed Central has set
up a mentorship program to connect UC Davis students
with professionals in the seed and ag-biotech industry.
We started small but we will learn along the way and
grow the program (incl. beyond UC Davis) as we figure
out how to do it well, so all parties benefit fully.
The program is open to undergraduates, graduates and
In industry, we are looking for individuals who are very
motivated to become mentors and are willing to:
a) learn how to be a good mentor (we offer guidance) and
b) provide feedback so we keep improving the program.
We certainly would like to have researchers in the mix,
but also people from other functional areas.
We provide guidance to mentors and mentees, and we
follow each pair through their mentorship period.
We offer two kinds of mentorship:
i.e. accompanying the student during
undergraduate/graduate years, through graduation,
and possibly a bit beyond, with contacts 3 or 4
times a year, and
e.g. frequent communication between mentor and
mentee during the last 6 to 12 months before
We do our best to pair “smartly”, as we tried to do with
industry and student panelists for our
January 2016 and March 2017: we asked the students about
their career plans and aspirations, and matched them
accordingly based on the industry peoples’ own profiles.
Mentors do not necessarily need to be located near
If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee,
please contact François Korn at: