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Tue, 07/18/2017

Our midweek spotlight is Lalita Nivasnanda, Agricultural Production student.

Lalita is one of our Illinois PSM Student Ambassadors which help with various recruitment activities and other events. She earned her B.S. in Animal Sciences right here at the University of Illinois and is continuing down that education path as a food animal production focused graduate student. Her interest in animals led her this summer to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter serving the greater Chicago area. Her role this summer is serving as an adoptions counselor where she speaks with potential adopters about animal care including veterinary visits, behavior classes, microchip information and more. 

Mon, 07/17/2017

The first spotlight of the week is Han “Hank” Yue, Bioprocessing and Bioenergy student.

Hank’s passion for bioenergy began during his undergraduate study at Beijing Institute of Technology in his home country of China. He noticed how the environment was being destroyed by fossil fuels and wanted to use his biotechnology knowledge to help solve some of the energy and environmental problems facing his community. His previous bachelor degrees in Biotechnology and Economics are helping him combine all aspects of business with bioprocessing and bioenergy. This summer, Hank is getting the unique opportunity to do a two part internship, the first half in academia and the 2nd half in industry. The first half of his internship was working as a research assistant in Dr. Vijay Sing’s laboratories within the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL). Recently, he started the 2nd half of his internship at Devotion Corporation in Guangzhou, China. Devotion is a bioenergy company focusing on biomass moulding fuel, biomass-gas fuel, and biomass-oil fuel.

Thu, 07/13/2017

Our last spotlight of the week is Xu Li, Geographic Information Science.

Xu earned his B.S. in Remote Sensing Science and Technology from Wuhan University in his home country of China. While he was there, he was involved in modeling contests, academic projects and internships as a modeling engineer and programmer. In May 2015 he published “An Extensible Simulation Framework for Diagnosing the Execution of Geospatial Web Service.” This summer he is putting all of his GIS knowledge to work at the CyberGIS Center here at the University of Illinois where he is working with the supercomputer Roger, building servers and more. 

Xu is advised by Dr. Shakil Kashem of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science in the School of Earth, Society and Environment housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Tue, 07/11/2017

Our midweek spotlight is Emily Rogier, Agricultural Production student specializing in Sustainable Production Systems.

Emily’s University of Illinois journey began as an undergraduate studying Agricultural and Consumer Economics with minors in Animal Sciences and Agriculture Safety and Health. During this time, she became intrigued with sustainable practices, environmental and agriculture policies, especially ones affecting developing countries. Emily loves to travel and has studied abroad in China and Sierra Leone. This summer, she is working for the Illinois Farm Bureau working as a Governmental Affairs and Commodities Division intern where she is involved in everything from social media to helping plan the Farm Income and Innovations Conference. Her favorite thing so far – getting to do something new every day and seeing how the policies and resolutions of her division are affecting local farmers and projects. 

Mon, 07/10/2017

Our first spotlight of the week is Huahua “Wawa” Ouyang, Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Wawa obtained her B.S. in Food Science and Industry at Iowa State University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a lab research assistant, she also completed a food chemistry internship at Ganzhou Institute for Food and Drug Control in her home country of China. Wawa’s passion for both food science and travel has led her to France this summer where she is studying abroad and doing an internship with Rose des Arts, an organic rose garden in Southern France that breeds roses for the perfume industry. Some of her responsibilities this summer include tending to roses and writing recipes! 

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