Student Profile

Arshdeep Saroa
Class of '13

Arshdeep Saroa is a 2013 graduate of the Agricultural Production PSM program, with a focus on Crop Production.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Punjab Agricultural University in India.  She chose Illinois PSM because she wanted to serve the life science industry both at the research and business development level.  Arshdeep completed her internship with Dr. Carl Bradley’s crop science laboratory where she applied fungicides for efficacy trials and rated plots for parameters such as plant vigor and sudden death syndrome of soybeans.  Her work also involved data collection, plot maintenance and processing wheat samples for DON analysis.  She is currently working as a synthetic biology applications scientist for Integrated DNA Technologies, the world's largest supplier of custom nucleic acids for academic research, biotechnology, clinical diagnostics and pharmaceutical development.  Arshdeep suggests that potential and current students “grab the opportunities as they come.  It might not be your dream at the time but it will give you new exposure and experience, which will take you a step closer to your dream destination.”

Agricultural Production 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
  • Personal Statement (please see the Application Information page for more details)

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 Robert Knox, major advisor for agricultural production, at or (217) 244-5177.

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