News and Events

Fri, 02/24/2012

On February 14th, students from undergraduate science majors came to the professional science master’s (PSM) workshop primed to learn about these new MS degrees.

The students quickly seized the small group discussions, led by five graduate students in the Illinois PSM, digging for answers to their questions. 

Facilitating conversations were Illinois PSM students

  • Molly Czopek (food science and human nutrition),
  • Miranda Morgan (plant biology),
  • Patrick Grady (bioenergy),
  • Casey Cheng (technical systems management), and
  • Lu Yu (agricultural production). 

The graduate students shared their background and their goals that originally sealed their choice of the Illinois PSM.  Attendees, in turn, probed PSM students for information about

  • internships,
  • successful search strategies,
  • expectations for the business courses, and
  • ties to industry through PSM’s seminars and workshops. 

Overall, a dynamic and wide ranging conversation!

Join our next discussion:  If you’re in or near Champaign-Urbana, the next PSM workshop is on

April 4th, 2012
4:00 – 5:20 pm
G46 Foreign Language Building

For more information, contact plant biology program coordinator Joan Huber at or (217) 333-5498.

Wed, 02/15/2012

Learn about the Illinois Professional Science Master's in this brief introductory video. 

What is the PSM and what does it offer that other M.S. degree programs don't?  Our mission, connections with industry, research opportunities, and resources are presented.  Hear from Illinois PSM students

  • Eva Szctechmiler, 
  • Beth Papanek, 
  • Patrick Grady, and 
  • Leo Zhang.
Fri, 01/13/2012

The Illinois PSM Student Leadership Council is a communication channel directly between PSM students and the Graduate College. 

Council members are elected representatives, selected by student vote.  The goal of the Student Leadership Council is continuous improvement of the program for all stakeholders.

The Class of 2012 elected the following to serve as their representatives:

  • Eva Sztechmiler, Agricultural Production
  • Leo Zhang, Bioenergy
  • Kathryn Torrey, Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Grant Hansen, Plant Biology
  • Chris Godwin, Techincal Systems Management

For additional information, contact Bill Buttlar, associate dean of the Graduate College, at (217) 333-6715 or