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 Degree Requirements
The M.S. degree in Agricultural Production requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:
The program is designed to be completed in 16-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.
A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.
A full-time internship is required in the summer following the first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.
No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.
Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.
Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.
Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third-semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.