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Participant Information

Welcome to Ames, Iowa and the Iowa State University campus!

Visitor Guide

Maps & Directions

Map and Directions to Ames, Iowa

Business Map of Ames, Iowa

Map and Directions to the Seed Science Center,
Iowa State University Campus

Hotel Accommodations

There are many hotels to choose from in Ames, Iowa. However, for your convenience we have a limited number of rooms reserved for the November Short Course and February Short Course participants. Please contact the Best Western Plus or the Quality Inn to make your reservation ahead of time and ask for the appropriate Short Course block to receive the discounted room rate. This discounted rate is offered for up to 30-days before each short course and has a limited number of rooms available. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 12:00 p.m. Complimentary breakfast is provided at each location.

Best Western Plus
2500 University Boulevard
Ames, IA  50010
Phone: (515) 296-2500

Driving Directions: Exit 111B off of I-35 to head westbound on Hwy 30, travel west to Exit 146 and head south on University Boulevard. The Best Western Plus is on the East side of the road.

Quality Inn
2601 East 13th Street
Ames, IA, 50010, US
Phone: (515) 232-9260

Driving Directions: Exit 113 off of I-35, travel two blocks West. The Quality Inn is on the north side of the road.

Hotel Shuttle

Transportation will be provided by the STB Short Course staff from the Quality Inn and the Best Western Plus hotels to the ISU Seed Science Center before class each day and a return trip to the Quality Inn and the Best Western Plus hotels at the end of class each day. If you require additional transportation please check with your hotel front desk for availability or refer to the CyRide or Cyclone Cab information below.

Local and Campus Bus Transportation – CyRide

The city of Ames and the ISU campus have a comprehensive bus service available for a nominal fee. You can check out the CyRide schedule and service times on their website.

Taxi Service – Cyclone Cab

Ames taxi service, Cyclone Cab

Airport Shuttles

Executive Express and Limousines/Ride Share offers individual and shared ride airport shuttle services.

Arriving by Air

Des Moines International Airport
5800 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321

The Des Moines International Airport serves as the gateway to Central Iowa.
The following airlines serve the Des Moines International Airport and provide direct connections to cities throughout the United States.


Car Rentals available at the Des Moines International Airport
All car rental agencies are inside the terminal in the baggage claim area.


Meet Your Instructors

Gary Munkvold, PhD
Iowa State University
Professor, Plant Pathology
STB Short Course & Grad Program Director

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Susana Goggi, PhD
Iowa State University
Professor, Seed Physiology

Stephen Smith, PhD
Iowa State University
Affiliate Professor, Agronomy

Alan Gaul
Iowa State University
Seed Conditioning Specialist

Greg Lamka, PhD
Iowa State University
Dupont - Pioneer

Registration is Open!

Short Course – Home
Part I: Seed Science & Technology
Part II: Seed Business Management
Short Course Instructors
Registration Fees & Policies
Participant Information

Short Course Dates

November 06 – 10, 2017 – Part I
February 05 – 09, 2018 – Part II

Registration Fee

$3,850/person – both Part I & Part II
$2,850/person – either Part I or Part II
Cancellation & Minimum Attendance Policy


Seed Science Center
Iowa State University
2115 Osborn Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011


Please contact:
Cindy Robertson
STB Short Course Coordinator

Educational Credit

You can earn CEU and CCA credit at this program.