News and Events

Mon, 06/03/2013

Fall semester kicks-off with Orientation for newly admitted students on Thursday, August 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the ACES Library.

Orientation is an important early step in beginning your graduate school experience at Illinois.

In addition to meeting all the people who work with the Illinois PSM, we'll cover

  • academic advising, 
  • coaching from second-year students, 
  • transitioning to graduate school,
  • starting your internship search,
  • and more.

For complete information about Orientation -- including steps you must take now -- visit the Orientation page on the Illinois PSM website:


The Orientation webpage will update during the summer months, so check-in periodically for new information.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to the Illinois PSM!  As always, if you have questions, contact Kevin Sightler, Illinois PSM director at or contact your program's major advisor.

ALSO:  On Friday, August 23, there's a pizza social for all Illinois PSM students at 4:30 p.m. at Bevier Commons (Bevier Hall, room 249).  RSVP on Doodle or contact Natalie Bosecker (

Mon, 05/06/2013

Congratulations and good luck to Illinois PSM students as they start their internships.

An integral part of the Illinois PSM, the internship integrates classroom learning in science and business with workplace applications.  Students began their internship searches last August.

Illinois PSM students will be interning with these organizations this summer:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Advanced Cooling Therapy LLC
  • Autumn Berry Inspired
  • Best Chicago Meat Company
  • Clean Energy Trust
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Gammatonex LLC
  • Hampton Creek Foods
  • Inspirotec LLC
  • Kellogg Company
  • Pioneer
  • Soyko International, Inc.
  • Tyson Foods
  • U of I ACES Summer Intern Program
  • U of I CITES OnSite Consulting Group 
  • U of I Crop Science Research Lab
  • U of I Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory
  • U of I Jacobson Tomato Project

For additional information on the Illinois PSM and its five M.S. degree programs, visit us on the web at or email us at

Thu, 04/25/2013

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Illinois PSM students will host Michael Mazzocco at their final industry seminar of the spring semester on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in Business Instructional Facility (BIF) room 3001 [map].

The PSM program's bioenergy students are in charge of Mr. Mazzocco's visit.

In addition to Illinois PSM students, members of the university and surrounding community are also invited.  Prospective students and recently-admitted applicants are especially encouraged to attend.

Mr. Mazzocco is executive vice president for finance and business development at Clarkson Grain Company, Inc.  Clarkson supplies grain, oilseed, and ingredients to food manufacturing and animal-feed industries. He is also director at Verdant Partners, LLC, an agribusiness merger and acquisition advisory firm.

For nearly 20 years, Mr. Mazzocco was on the faculty at Illinois in the College of ACES and the College of Business.  He was director of the food and agribusiness management program and held roles in development and in corporate relations.

Mr. Mazzocco will share his perspectives on trends and emerging business, technological, and globalization issues in the agricultural and life sciences.  Take-aways for the participants include insights on career options, job search strategies, and the current state of the industry.

For additional information, contact Kevin Sightler, Illinois PSM director, at or call (217) 265-5363.

Mon, 04/22/2013

The department of plant biology has launched a new website for current students, prospective students, and for alumni of its plant biology professional science master's degree.

The plant biology program, part of the Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM), has made information available on all aspects of the program including degree requirements, industry opportunities, research opportunities, and admission requirements and processes.

Visit the new website to learn more.  Dr. Joan Huber, major advisor of the plant biology program, can be reached at or (217) 333-5498.

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ALSO:  The plant biology PSM was recently profiled in the 2012 magazine of the  School of Integrative Biology.  Read the full article which profiles the graduates for the programs's first graduating class.


Sat, 03/16/2013

Eva Sztechmiler is an Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM) graduate in agricultural production.

In this video, she discusses her summer internship at the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Colorado.

Eva earned an undergraduate degree in environmental and forest biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. To learn more about the Illinois PSM and internships, visit us on the web at or call (217) 265-5363.


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