Student Profile

Brandon Jordan
Class of '12

Brandon Jordan earned an M.S. in the Illinois PSM’s first plant biology (now plant biotechnology) cohort. He earned an undergraduate degree at Illinois in molecular and cellular biology with an informatics minor. Brandon’s Illinois PSM internship was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also completed a research project with Chromatin. Brandon is currently a PhD student in Dr. Brian Dier's lab at the University of Illinois.

Plant Biotechnology Program Graduates

MEET PLANT BIOTECHNOLGY GRADUTES

Grant Hansen

Class of '12

Grant Hansen earned an M.S. in the Illinois PSM's plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. He returned to school after several years of business experience to "not only gain a master's degree, but to add business instruction and experience" to position him for bio-based careers. Grant received the 2012 Volunteer Service Award from the Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs for his work with SCORE while an Illinois PSM student. He interned with AMCOL International Corp. as a market research analyst. Grant worked as a marketing specialist with DuPont after graduation before joining United Suppliers as a Product Coordinator.

Miranda (Morgan) Buss

Class of '12

Miranda (Morgan) Buss grew up in a farming family in Illinois. She earned a bachelor's degree in crop sciences at Illinois before enrolling in the Illinois PSM's plant biology (now biotechnology) program. Her interest in science plus business led to internships with both AGCO Corporation in Duluth, Georgia and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. After earning her M.S. degree, she joined AGCO as a marketing specialist, specializing in high horsepower tractors and seeding and tillage equipment.  Miranda recently moved back to Illinois to join the Illinois PSM as Assistant Director.

Brandon Jordan

Class of "12

Brandon Jordan earned an M.S. in the Illinois PSM's first plant biology cohort. He earned an undergraduate degree at Illinois in molecular and cellular biology with an informatics minor. Brandon's Illinois PSM internship was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also completed a research project with Chromatin. Brandon is currently a doctoral candidate in Dr. Brian Dier's lab at the University of Illinois.

COMPANIES

Plant biotechnology students have had their Illinois PSM internship at:

  • AGCO Corporation
  • AgReliant Genetics
  • AMCOL International Corp.
  • Eurofins Agroscience Services
  • Genective S.A.
  • Illinois Corn Marketing Board
  • KWS Cereals USA, LLC
  • Monsanto
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • and others.

Plant biotechnology graduates have been hired by:

  • Agilent
  • ADM
  • AGCO Corporation
  • Dow AgroSciences
  • DuPont
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • DuPont
  • KWS Cereals USA, LLC
  • Lousiana State University
  • Medline Industries
  • United Suppliers Inc.
  • and others.

POSITIONS

Plant Biotechnology graduates have accepted the following positions after graduating from the Illinois PSM:

  • Marketing Content Specialist,
  • Marketing Data Specialist,
  • Marketing Specialist,
  • International Video Producer,
  • Senior Scientist
  • and more.
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