News and Events

Thu, 09/12/2019

The IL PSM students are preparing for the poster showcase on Sept. 25! Please join us to hear more about their summer accomplishments!

poster showcase invitation, Sept. 25, 4-6 pm, Heritage Room, ACES Library

Fri, 02/01/2019

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Fri, 11/16/2018

The University of Illinois annual GIS Day was held on Wednesday, November 14th at the Natural History Building.

This student-centered celebration included remarks from the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research, Susan Martinis as well as a keynote address from Dr. Donna Cox, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Over the lunch hour, undergraduate and graduate students from across campus competed in the Student Poster Session.

We are happy to announce that two current Illinois PSM students and one Illinois PSM alumni won awards during the poster showcase.

  • Busranur "Busra" Cakal, 1st year GIS student won the prize for Best Web map. View her web map here: Are Americans More Active?
  • Nurmakhan "Norma" Ziyadin won 1st prize in the Cartographic Design category with his map on Diabetes in the Contiguous United States
  • Fikriyah Winata, Illinois PSM Alumni and now Ph.D. student in Geography and GIS was the runner-up in the category of Research Quality with her map on Community Health Centers in Indonesia 








Congratulations to the Winners!

Other GIS PSM students who competed in the competition included:

Tianshun Deng
Heavy Metal Deposits in China





Zizhao Ge
Location of Public Companies by Market Value






Wenhao Gu
Annual Rainfall in China






Yang Qiu
Employment Status of Disabled Persons






Zhesong Wu
Popularity of Gaming Worldwide






Fik Winata (Alumni and current Ph.D. student)
Community Health Centers in Indonesia






Norman Ziyadin
Diabetes in the United States






Not Pictured:

Busra Cakal, Global Sugar Consumption and Diabetes

Tom Moon, Malaria Cases in Kenya

Fri, 11/09/2018

The Illinois PSM Office is happy to announce that Illinois PSM Director, Natalie Bosecker, was named to the National Professional Science Master's Board this week at their annual conference in Washington D.C.

Natalie Bosecker is the Director of the Illinois Professional Science Master’s program at the University of Illinois, overseeing coordination for six majors in two colleges: Agricultural Production, Bioprocessing & Bioenergy, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Geographic Information Science, Plant Biotechnology, and Technical Systems Management. She works closely with the academic advisors, administrators, and IL PSM staff to market and recruit for the program, advise and support current students, and create community with students and alumni. Natalie co-teaches the plus seminars for PSM students and also co-teaches a class on law and regulations for scientists and engineers. This fall marked the 10th co-hort for the IL PSM program.

Natalie began working with the bioenergy major when recruitment began in 2009. After supporting the bioenergy major, she was asked to support all PSM students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, providing internship and career search support, building student community, creating an event to showcase the students’ internship experiences, and extra recruiting support. She became the director of the program in 2014.

Prior to her involvement with the IL PSM, Natalie had a diverse communications and marketing career. After completing a B.S. in Agricultural Communications from the University of Illinois, Natalie was on the communications team at USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, in Washington, DC. In addition to writing press releases and speeches, Natalie served on the crisis communications team – with the ability to be anywhere in the U.S. to be a liaison between scientists and the media during agricultural pest or disease outbreaks. (Think JJ on Criminal Minds in the early seasons.) She traveled throughout the country teaching scientists crisis communications skills – working with the media and creating a message.

During nine years at the State 4-H Office for the University of Illinois Extension, Natalie coordinated all media activities, coordinated educational materials for youth, adult volunteers and staff, and served as webmaster for approximately 6,000 files. While at this position, Natalie completed a non-thesis Master’s in Agricultural Education. Her research project was online training for a non-traditional audience.

Each of these experiences provides context and real-life examples for Natalie to help prepare PSM students for his/her future.

Currently, Natalie is a member of the 2018 NPSMA pre-conference workshop committee and last year joined the NPSMA Steering Committee, now known as the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs.


Wed, 11/07/2018

A month has passed since our 2018 Poster Showcase. 23 students presented their summer internship experiences for members of the U of I faculty, staff and industry partners.

Agricultural Production


Chandler Bruns was an Agronomy Marketing Intern for GROWMARK & Illinois Farm Bureau's 4R4U Nutrient Stewardship Partnership. She provided marketing support for the statewide initiative and was even featured on the news. 

Brittney Madison spent her summer as a Sales Intern for AgriGold where she served performed logistical, agronomic, and marketing activities to support the companies' corn and soybean sales. 


Joseph Rahe worked for Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) this summer as their Technology Development Field Assistant. In his role, he conducted small plot and strip trial research as well as disease and fertilizer management research.


 Yueqi "Yoki" Zhao was a Rotational Intern this summer for a regional nursery. She managed the supply chain of the production line and investigated plant health.



Bioprocessing & Bioenergy

Robert "Cary" Adams spent his summer as a Biofuels Research Intern for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center where he analyzed biomass, performed experimental testing on biofuel combustion, and provided outreach.


Sai Ram Chandra "Sai"Veersaiva was a Process Development and Technical Support Intern for Pacific Ethanol. He improved the process of their corn wet milling plant and provided cost recovery of co-products in corn products. Sai is planning to return to Pacific Ethanol for a full-time position in December.

Haotian Xiao worked for the Gene Therapy Program at Pennsylvania State University this summer as a summer research intern. In his role, he performed data analysis, cell culture and image processing. 


Food Science & Human Nutrition

Regan Frieling worked at PepsiCo as their R&D Beverage Intern. She tested the capabilities of new ingredients for the fortification of beverages.



Kelsey Hamm was a Research Intern this past summer for Synergy Flavors, Inc. In her role, Kelsey researched process optimization, flavor encapsulations, shelf life, and protein-flavor interactions.


Chia-Yen "Josephine" Hsieh worked at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) as a Research Intern. She developed and optimized the method of a lipid oxidation analytical tool.


Calvin Hsu spent his summer as a Research and Development Intern Intern for Del Monte Foods, Inc. He performed preliminary benchtop formulation and pilot plant scale production of beta test samples.


Laura Lopez Ortiz completed her food science internship at Autumn Berry Inspired where she improved product recipes, operated tasting events, conducted ingredients research, and contributed to a new product proposal.


Dhwani Mistry worked for Garden Fresh Gourmet, a  Campbell Soup Company as their Research & Development Intern. She crafted product specifications, analyzed the effects of processing conditions on final products, worked on cost reduction projects and RFPS.


Sanjana Moitra was a Quality Assurance and Compliance Intern this past summer for Dairy Farmers of America. Her position was located inside of Kemps. In her role, Sanjana completed risk assessment, proofed product labels and assisted with RSPO certification.


Xin "Josy" Zong worked at RXBAR in Chicago as a Research and Development Intern. She solved problems for existing products, including their nut butter and assisted with new product development.


Geographic Information Science

Tong "Thom" Gong spent his summer as a Data Science Intern for Corteva Agriscience at the University of Illinois Research Park. He performed data management, processing, and visualization on geospatial models related to the Western Corn Rootworm.


Nattapon "Nathan" Jaroenchai interned with the CyberGIS Center here at the University of Illinois as their website coordinator. Nathan created responsive websites and user-friendly content management systems to showcase the projects and works of the CyberGIS Center.


Aaron King worked this past summer as a GIS Consultant for the Scholarly Commons inside the University of Illinois Library. He helped to solve a variety of student and faculty research problems related to maps and GIS.


Kaixian Yang completed her internship with the Illinois State Water Survey inside the Prairie Research Institute as a GIS intern. She created GIS building footprints using LiDAR data, cleaned and classified the data.


Yatong "Yuki" Zhang did two internships this summer, working as a Remote Sensing Center and GIS Intern for the Illinois State Water Survey and as a GIS Intern for the Institute of Remote Sensing Technology in Henan Aero Geophysical Survey. For ISWS she created GIS building footprints using LiDAR data. At Henan, she created maps based on remote sensing imageries and established a platform for ArcGIS application secondary development.
Guimin "August" Zhu served as a GIS Intern this past summer for Corteva Agriscience at the University of Illinois Research Park. His project included multi-source crop data pipelines and pest management mapbook tool development. 



Technical Systems Management

Mary Dickerson worked for Elanco this summer at their headquarters outside of Indianapolis, IN as a Technical Services/Manufacturing Science Intern. She characterized growth medium for enzyme production through fermentation experiments.

Matsen Dziedzic was an Operations Management Intern this summer for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). He managed the daily operations of the grain facility in Mound City, IL where he worked on everything from inventory, engineering, and employee management.