Miranda (Morgan) Buss grew up in a farming family in Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s degree in crop science at Illinois before enrolling in the Illinois PSM’s plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. Her interest in science plus business led to internships with both AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Georgia and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board in Bloomington, Illinois. After earning her M.S. degree, she joined AGCO as marketing specialist, working with high horsepower tractors and seeding and tillage equipment. Miranda recently moved back to Illinois to join the Illinois PSM program as Assistant Director.
Plant Biotechnology Degree Requirements
The Plant Biotechnology program is not accepting applications for 2016. Applicants are encouraged to explore the other IL PSM degree programs, especially the crops specialty in Agricultural Production, to determine if another major would match your goals and interests.
The M.S. degree in plant biotechnology 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.