Participant Information 2018-07-17T18:26:09+00:00
Short Course

Participant Information

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

Visitor Guide

Participants in the STB Short Course are not exempt from campus parking regulations. If you are planning to park on campus during the Short Course, you will be emailed a free visitor permit to be used in the General Staff campus parking lots.

Visitor Permit

Approximately one week before the beginning of the Short Course, a visitor parking permit will be emailed to you to print and place in your vehicle. Visitor parking permits are valid only when placed in the drivers side of the front windshield facing forward. Permit is granted to the person registered for the Short Course and is not transferable to any other person or vehicle.

  • Visitor permits are only valid for the days printed on the permit.
  • Visitor permits are only valid in General Staff lots – Map. (Suggested lots for the STB Short Course: #41, 79, 68)
  • Not valid in red reserve lots/spaces or in RH Staff lots.

Pay for Parking

Pay for parking is also an option on the Iowa State University campus.

  • Pay for parking can be located at the Memorial Union Parking Ramp. Entrances are from the south off of Lincoln Way and from the North off of Union Drive.
  • There are also three main lots on campus that are pay-by-the-hour:
    • Lot 100 is on the east side of campus near the Lied Rec Center.
    • Lot 21 is on the west side of campus, next to the Armory.
    • The East Campus Parking Deck is located on Union Drive near Forker Building, or across from East and Heady Halls.
    • There are also meters in several of the lots on campus. Please read the signs and time limits on the meters carefully.

There are many hotels to choose from in Ames, Iowa: Ames Area Hotels. 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 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.

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.

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Transportation will be provided by the STB Short Course staff from the Best Western Plus hotel to the ISU Seed Science Center before class each day and a return trip to the Best Western Plus hotel 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,  Cyclone Cab or Uber 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


There is limited Uber service available in Ames, IA

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

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



Information for International Travelers:

If you are planning to attend either of the STB Short Courses and you live outside of the United States, you may need to apply for a Visitor Visa. The type of Visa you apply for will be determined by your individual situation.

We highly encourage you to apply for your Visitor Visa as soon as possible after completing your short course registration. Applicants for Visitor Visas should generally apply at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where they live. It is important to apply for a Visa well in advance of the travel departure date.

The following resources may help to answer any questions:

Meet Your Instructors

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

Dave Langer, MS
Research Management

Jim Summers, PhD
Iowa State University
Associate Professor, Management

Jose Rosa, PhD
Iowa State University
Professor, Marketing

Bobby Martens, PhD
Iowa State University
Associate Professor
Supply Chain Management

Greg Lamka, PhD
Iowa State University
Dupont - Pioneer

Stephen Smith, PhD
Iowa State University
Affiliate Professor, Agronomy

Travis Sapp, PhD
Iowa State University
Associate Professor, Finance

Sam DeMarie, PhD
Iowa State University
Associate Professor, Management

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Susana Goggi, PhD
Iowa State University
Professor, Seed Physiology

Alan Gaul, MS
Iowa State University
Seed Conditioning Specialist

Short Course – Home
Seed Science & Technology
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Registration Fees & Policies
Participant Information

Short Course Dates

Seed Science & Technology
November 05 – 09, 2018

Seed Business Management
February 04 – 08, 2019

Registration Fee

$3,850/person – both courses
$2,550/person – either course
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.


Previous Short Courses

February 2018
November 2017