News and Events

Mon, 09/14/2015

Current Illinois PSM students will showcase their accomplishments from their summer internships on October 7, 2015 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the ACES Library Heritage room.  Please RSVP by October 2nd to (217) 265-5363 or

Mon, 08/31/2015

Illinois PSM would like to officially welcome Dr. Shakil Kashem to the program. He recently joined the Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) staff as a Teaching Assistant Professor.  Shakil also advises the PSM students in our new Geographic Information Science program. Prior to joining the GGIS faculty, Shakil was a PhD student at Illinois in Urban Planning where he taught the introductory GIS course in Urban Planning.  Dr. Kashem currently uses GIS and spatial methods in his research on environmental justice and sociospatial inequalites in vulnerability to natural hazards.

To learn more about Dr. Kashem's research, please visit his website.


Tue, 06/02/2015

Kickoff for your Illinois PSM experience with Orientation. You'll meet with your peers, faculty members, and others. Orientation is informative and social -- the principal goals are for you to meet and begin working with your Illinois PSM colleagues, to understand the necessary transition to graduate-level study, learn about internship options and processes, and to start exploring the wealth of learning opportunities available to you at Illinois.

Orientation is Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until about 2:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room (first floor) of the College of ACES Library [maps: onlineprintable (PDF)]. 

Lunch will be provided, as well as a light breakfast. Attire: Business casual, preferred.

For more information please visit the New Student Orientation page!

Mon, 04/27/2015

Illinois PSM welcomes you to join us for an interactive webinar "Master's Degrees on the cutting edge of Science + Business" on May 5, 2015 from 1:00- 2:00 pm CST.  The webinar will highlight the program and include insight from Illinois PSM alumni and current students (see below).  Prospective students will learn about the Illinois PSM, how it differs from other graduate degrees and the value this type of degrees to not only themselves but to future employers.  

Register for the Illinois PSM Webinar here: Register Now

How to join the webinar:

1. Follow this link to join our FREE webinar at the specified time and date.  

2. Check the "Install Lync Web App plug-in" box and click "Join the meeting" (Note: installing the plug-in may take a few minutes) 

3.  Choose one of the following audio options once you are inside the meeting

Audio Options:

  1. Use your computer microphone and speakers 
  2. Have the meeting call you
  3. Use your phone to dial in using one of the below numbers:

+1 217 332 6338 (Site1-Dialin-region)                            English (United States)

+1 312 994 8410 (Site1-Dialin-region)                            English (United States)  

+1 888 983 3631 (Site1-Dialin-region)                            English (United States)  

Please feel free to share the link with others, so they may learn more about the Illinois PSM as well.

The webinar content will be available at a later date on our website and social media outlets.

Presenter:  Miranda Buss is the Assistant Director for the Illinois Professional Science Master's program as well as a 2012 graduate of the Plant Biotechnology PSM program.  Prior to joining the Illinois PSM staff, she was a marketing specialist for AGCO Corporation. S

    Miranda Buss


Alumni Panelists:


      John Buns                Andrew Gabalis            Beth Papanek

   Class of 2010               Class of 2014                Class of 2011

     Bioenergy                Plant Biotechnology            Bioenergy

Student Panelists:

   Abhijit Limaye

   Class of 2014



Mon, 04/06/2015

Illinois PSM will be hosting drop in hours in 135 Burrill Hall on the following dates.  Please stop by to learn more about the current program offering!

- April 8 (Wednesday) 1:30 - 3:00 PM

- April 13 (Monday) 10:30am - Noon

- April 21 (Tuesday) 1:30 - 3:00 PM