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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics

Academic Programs

Research Assistantship Opportunities

The University of Georgia Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics graduate program invites applications by Jan 15, 2016 for admission of M.S. and Ph.D. candidates. While applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year, deadlines must be met for several awards including the Provost’s Ph.D. Scholars of Excellence, Graduate School Assistantships, Presidential Graduate Fellows Program, and IPBGG Assistantship. Requirements for these awards can be found at Compensation packages include competitive stipends and tuition assistance. Research opportunities are available with the following Graduate Faculty members:

· Peng Chee (cotton molecular breeding)

· Katrien Devos (cereal genetics & comparative genome analysis)

· Scott Jackson (crop genomics and cytogenetics)

· Zenglu Li (soybean breeding and genomics)

· Cecilia McGregor (vegetable breeding and genomics)

· Ali Missaoui (forage and biomass breeding and genetics)

· Peggy Ozias-Akins (plant reproduction; peanut breeding and genomics)

· Paul Raymer (turfgrass breeding and genetics)

· Carol Robacker (ornamental plant breeding and genetics)

· John Ruter (ornamental plant breeding and genetics)

· Brian Schwartz (turfgrass breeding)

· Esther van der Knaap (tomato and other Solanaceous crops)

· Jason Wallace (crop quantitative genetics & genomics; crop-microbiome interactions)

· Dayton Wilde (ornamental plant genetics and genomics)

· Donglin Zhang (ornamental plant breeding and genetics)

Formal application must be made to the Graduate School but you also are encouraged to contact in advance with a statement of purpose/personal essay, unofficial transcripts and curriculum vitae.

The Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics offers a Master's degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics. Interested students can apply for admission through the Institute.


An overall core curriculum for each degree ensures broad training, while providing the flexibility to emphasize topical areas of greatest interest to individual students. Each student will conduct their thesis or dissertation work under the supervision of his/her major professor and an advisory committee.


Admitted students will receive competitive assistantships and a waiver of tuition.

University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)