Student Profile

Donald Chan
Class of '13

Donald Chan is a 2013 graduate of the Food Science and Human Nutrition PSM program.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in Food Science from the University of Illinois.  Donald chose the Illinois PSM because he wanted to pursue further education in Food Science with industrial applications in mind.  The focus on the workplace, rather than pure classwork or research, is what convinced him to enroll.  He also states that the PSM “provided me with multiple opportunities and connections to potential employers, which is how I got my internship at Eli Lilly.”  He is currently employed by Smithfield Farmland in Kentucky where he is an Associate Quality Assurance Specialist.  

Food Science & Human Nutrition 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

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 Nicki Engesethmajor advisor for food science and human nutrition, at or (217) 244-6788.

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