Student Profile

Eva Sztechmiler
Class of '12

Eva Sztechmiler graduated from the Agricultural Production PSM program in 2012.  Her undergraduate degree in conservation biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), lead her to specialize in sustainability production while at Illinois.  Eva completed her internship at Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland, Colorado.  In her role, she co-authored grant proposals, planned and implemented youth programs, and oversaw a gala fundraiser.  Eva now works for the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District in New York. “Even though I thought I had gone to graduate school to study sustainable agriculture, what I really came away with was a sense of entrepreneurship, making your own opportunities, and networking.  In fact, if I had to associate one word with my graduate studies it would be networking.  Two years later, I can fully appreciate just how truly important it is, and just how valuable it was to sit through all of those seminars that drilled those key words into our heads (entrepreneurship, networking, make your own opportunity.)”

Agricultural Production Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher (internet-based test), 590 or higher (paper-based test), or 243 or higher (computer based test) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

The priority application date is January 15, 2017. 

Applications will be accepted until June 15th for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Robert Knox, major advisor for agricultural production, at rknox@illinois.edu or (217) 244-5177.

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