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Wed, 06/06/2018

Today's student spotlight is Xin "Josy" Zong, Food Science and Human Nutrition student.

Josy earned her B.S. in Food Science and Technology from Nanjing Agriculture University in her home country of China, where she graduated with honors. She is fluent in Chinese and English and also speaks a bit of Korean and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she served as the president of her class and served as the Minister of Publicity for the Model UN. She also held numerous internships including research at the Jiangsu Administration of Quality Supervision and Inspection, serving as a TA within in her department, and as a marketing intern for Bosch Investment Co. LTD. Her main interest is in research and development for food and beverage companies. This summer, Josy is getting to try her hand in R & D at RXBAR, a whole food protein bar company based out of Chicago, IL. 

Fri, 06/01/2018

Guimin “August” Zhu, is our next student spotlight and is working towards his M.S. degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS).


August earned his B.S. in Geographic Information Systems from Peking University in his home country of China. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in two exchange programs, one in Hong Kong and the other with the University of California in Berkeley. He also worked for the Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS in Beijing as a GeoSoft Laboratory Research Assistant. August’s main interest lie in urban transportation and agriculture, specifically using remote sensing in agriculture to provide assessment, quantitative cultivation, and disaster precaution services. This spring, August started working for Dow AgroSciences, a large agriculture company, inside the University of Illinois Research Park as a GIS intern

Wed, 05/30/2018
Our first Student Spotlight is Regan Frieling, Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student.
Regan completed her undergraduate studies right here at the University of Illinois earning her B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition with a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate, she was awarded the Bronze Tablet, the highest award given at the University to the Top 3% in each graduating class. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant in the Engeseth Laboratory and did internships with Prinova Group USA and Imbibe Inc. Her career interests lie in product development as well as research and development within the beverage industry, specifically in nutrition. This summer, Regan is getting a taste of her planned career path working as a nutrition research and development intern at PepsiCo in Barrington, Illinois.   
Mon, 04/16/2018

Two Illinois Professional Science Master's Students in Geographic Information Science (GIS) took home honorable mention awards at the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) Map Design Competition.

  • Arthur Robinson Print Map Honorable Mention - Nattapon Jaroenchai, Internet Access in 2017 
  • David Woodward Digital Map Honorable Mention - Nurlan Khamzin, "Road to Russia 2018 World Cup"

Nattapon and Nurlan are finishing their first year as M.S. students in the Department of Geography and GIS, which hosts the GIS PSM program. The Department is a part of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nattapon and Nurlan are advised by Dr. Shakil Kashem.


Thu, 03/22/2018

Join Assistant Director Miranda Buss from 8:00 - 8:30 CST on Tuesday, April 17th for a Facebook Live Event. Miranda will answer questions about the Illinois PSM program, University of Illinois and more.

Feel free to submit your questions to or post them on our Facebook Event page.