Student Profile

Jaclyn “Jackie” Newell
Class of '15

Jaclyn “Jackie” Newell is a 2015 graduate of the Illinois PSM Food Science and Human Nutrition program.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  Jackie’s internship was with Schreiber Foods, where she worked as a research and development intern in the processed cheese group. She is now a research and development food product development technologist at Beachbody in El Segundo, California, where she works with their Shakeology line. She states, “the hardest part of my job as a product developer is working cross functionally with sourcing and manufacturing. The PSM business course work helped me prepare for these teams, because I have a foundational understanding of project management and supply chain processes.” She also credits the program for teaching her how to relate to people that come from different backgrounds, whether that be a difference of major or culture.

Food Science & Human Nutrition Degree Requirements

​The M.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition requires the completion of 42 semester hours as prescribed in the following four curricular components:

The program is designed to be completed in 16-months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Summer enrollment is required while completing the internship. A thesis is not required.

A student's curriculum will be developed with the major adviser and will vary depending upon his or her individual interests and career plans. A sample credit hour distribution is below, but individual student schedules may change depending upon curriculum and course schedule.



A full-time internship is required in the summer following with first two semesters of study. In consultation with faculty advisers, each student finds an internship that meets his or her personal and professional career objectives. The internship requires the application of science and business knowledge and skills.

No coursework is taken during the internship. Summer enrollment is required in PSM 555.

Preparation and planning for the internship search should begin early in the first semester of study.


Seminars cover additional business content and professional development. Seminars also feature industry guests, covering a range of topics relevant to today's science and technology fields.

Participation in the industry seminar is required each semester of enrollment. Seminars meet weekly. All Illinois PSM students participate in the same seminar, providing learning opportunities across science disciplines and industries. In the fall term, third-semester students present summaries of their internship experiences and mentor first-semester students in preparing for and securing internships.

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