News and Events

Mon, 01/28/2013

Miranda Morgan is an Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM) graduate in plant biology (now plant biotechnology).

In this video, she discusses her summer internship at AGCO in Duluth, Ga., and how the Illinois PSM prepared her for the internship and for her career.

Miranda earned an undergraduate degree in crop sciences from the University of Illinois.

To learn more about the Illinois PSM and internships, visit us on the web at or call (217) 265-5363.

Thu, 01/17/2013

Kathryn Torrey is an Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM) graduate in food science and human nutrition.

In this video, she discusses her summer internship at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Ind.

Kathryn earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from The College of Wooster and a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

To learn more about the Illinois PSM and internships, visit us on the web at or call (217) 265-5363.

Fri, 12/21/2012
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Twenty-three Illinois Professional Science Master’s (PSM) students celebrated the completion of their M.S. degree programs at a reception and ceremony in their honor on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Illini Union. 

The Illinois PSM reception was followed by the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ceremony recognizing all of its December graduates. 

“The reception and ceremony is the capstone event for the Illinois PSM students,” noted Illinois PSM director Dr. Kevin Sightler.  “They have a lot to be proud of as they celebrate their accomplishments with their families and friends.”

Dr. Faye Dong, chair of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, addressed the audience on the importance of land grant institutions.  Dr. Dong is retiring at the end of the year after serving 10 years as chair.

All Illinois PSM graduates were recognized at the ceremony, including those in the College of ACES and those in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

This is the third graduating class of the Illinois PSM.  The class of 2012 brings the total number of Illinois PSM graduates to 47.

2012 Illinois PSM Graduates

Agricultural Production
Chad M. Rushing
Andrew D. Siegel
Eva Sztechmiler
Lu Yu
    Jason T. Duncan
    Evan A. Edwards
    Patrick Robert Grady
    Ryan James Livingston
    Stefan Kyle Schwegmann
    YiXi Zhang
      Food Science and Human Nutrition
      Molly A. Czopek
      Rui Li
      Yuehao Lu
      Kathryn Torrey
      Ching Yang
      Yi Zhou
        Plant Biology
        Grant Arne Hansen
        Brandon D. Jordan
        Miranda Lee Morgan
          Technical Systems Management
          Casey (Yu-Tien) Cheng
          Christopher Michael Godwin
          John R. Ossyra
          Maomao Yang

            To learn more about the Illinois PSM, visit us on the web at or email us at

            Wed, 12/12/2012

            The Illinois Professional Science Master's (PSM) welcomes students from around the world.

            Since the first students were admitted in 2009, graduates from 30 institutions have enrolled in the Illinois PSM's five degree programs:

            • Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Dubai
            • Bradley University
            • Elmhurst College
            • Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
            • Illinois State University
            • Illinois Wesleyan University
            • Knox College
            • M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, India
            • Nanjing University, China
            • National Taiwan Normal University
            • National Taiwan University
            • National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
            • Northern Arizona University
            • Patil University, India
            • Purdue University
            • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
            • SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
            • Texas A&M University
            • The College of Wooster
            • Tongji University, China
            • United International College, China
            • Universitat de Vic, Spain
            • University of British Columbia, Canada
            • University of California, Davis
            • University of California, Riverside
            • University of Florida
            • University of Illinois
            • University of Texas at Austin
            • University of Wisconsin-Madison
            • Zhejiang University, China

            To talk with someone about your career objectives and to explore the Illinois PSM, contact us at, call us at (217) 265-5363, or visit us on the web at

            Wed, 11/14/2012

            Jim Keating with Illinois VENTURES spent Monday evening with the second-year Illinois PSM students discussing what he titled "Venture Capital, Entrepreneurs, and Finding a Job."

            One of the questions Jim posed to the class was "how many of you want to be entrepreneurs?"

            A few hands were tentatively raised -- hands raised as if they were question marks, if you will.

            All professional science master's students are, in essence, entrepreneurs.  Even if they don't self-identify or have no specific plans to be what they perceive as "entrepreneurs," they are calculated risk-takers.  They are investing in a PSM education on speculation of payoff -- personally, professional, and/or financially.

            Despite program growth in recent years, the PSM remains a largely unknown brand.  But students are still drawn to PSM programs as enrollments nationally have steadily grown -- last fall, about 5,500 people enrolled in PSM programs, according to the Council of Graduate Schools.

            PSM graduates will have the toolbox of skills and knowledge to be entrepreneurs if they choose.  They may not be starting companies from scratch, but their business and entrepreneurship skills are valuable in all types of settings -- profit and non-profit, large and small, established and start-up, and in traditional and novel organizations.

            On a related note, take a look at this three-minute video released today by the Kauffman Foundation.  Entrepreneur Geoffrey Clapp suggest several key moves entrepreneurs should make to maximize their chances of success.  Don't wait for the "big idea" or put your energy into form or process.  Instead, just do it -- help people solve problems and the market will find you.

            Kevin Sightler
            Director, Illinois PSM