Student Profile

Tingwen Bao
Class of '13

Tingwen Bao is a graduate of the Illinois PSM in Bioenergy. Tingwen earned an undergraduate degree in bioengineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.  She completed her internship at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Lab at the University of Illinois, completing market research to update a market analysis/plan for the new lab.  Tingwen feels that the PSM “gave her the knowledge and skills needed for interviewing and her internship.  There were numerous chances to practice interviewing, build professional networks and prepare presentations.  The practices helped me stand out from the rest of the competition for my current job.”  She currently works as a Grid Integration and Innovation Analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric, located in the San Francisco Bay area.

Bioprocessing and Bioenergy Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher (internet-based test), 590 or higher (paper-based test), or 243 or higher (computer-based test) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation

The priority application date is January 15, 2018. 

Applications will be accepted until June 15th for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Dr. Vijay Singh advisor for bioprocessing and bioenergy, at or (217) 333-9510 or Dr. Ankita Juneja at

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