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Wed, 07/18/2018

Tong – Tong “Thom” Gong is our first student spotlight of the week. He is studying Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Thom earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Geo-information Science and Technology from Ocean University of China. As an undergraduate student, he worked on numerous research projects, including one for the College of Marine Geosciences and another for the Institute of Estuary and Coastal Zone. He performed a wide variety of tasks including collecting data via geomatics surveys, data processing, constructing maps and more. He also completed an internship with the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Oceanology.

His long-term plan is to work in spatial analysis or platform development. This summer he is getting a taste of how the agriculture industry uses GIS technologies as a GIS intern for Dow Agrosciences, which recently merged with DuPont to create Corteva, the Agriculture Science Division of DowDuPont

Thu, 07/12/2018

Our next Student Spotlight is Negar Harati, Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student.

Negar earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Food Science and Technology from Tabriz University in Iran. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as an intern at Achin Sweets and Bakery Products. After she earned her first master’s degree, she worked as a Quality Control Manager for Besharat Meat Products. When she moved to the United States, she started working as a Cafe Manager for World Harvest Organic Food Market right here in Champaign-Urbana. Negar prepared both American and Turkish sweets, the latter being her own recipes she made up.  After graduation, Negar hopes to work in a Quality Control or R & D related position. She is getting to try out a quality related position for the next six months as she completes her Quality Assurance Engineering internship with FrieslandCampina.


Wed, 07/11/2018

Brittney Madison, Agricultural Production student is our first spotlight of the week.

She earned her B.S. in Crop Sciences, with a concentration in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology right here at the University of Illinois. She was named a James Scholar and held numerous internships throughout the seed industry, most notably as a pathology intern for Mycogen Seeds and as a Student Practicum Project Manager for Syngenta. She also volunteered in the greenhouse doing experiments with green pepper plants.

As a graduate student, Brittney works in another Crop Sciences lab where she photographs plant species and creates flyers for the University of Illinois Extension and Agronomy Day. She is also a Graduate Student Trainee in Ag Safety and Health.

Long-term, Brittney wants to utilize her crop science knowledge to be a liaison between the scientists and farmers. She is getting to do just that this summer working for AgriGold where she works with research plots, assists with marketing and speaks with potential customers about the seed and the science behind it.

Tue, 07/03/2018

Our next Student Spotlight is Geographic Information Science (GIS) student, Nurlan Khamzin.

Nurlan came into our program with both a B.S. and an M.S. in Cadastre from Kazakh Agrotechnical University in his home country of Kazakhstan. He worked for the Department of Land Cadastre for four years prior to starting his GIS Master’s Degree, where he created lists of land parcels, developed land use maps, worked with state and non-state organizations and published two scientific articles.

His career plan is to work as a remote sensing technician or a geomatics engineer preferably for an aerospace, mapping or petroleum company. This summer he is learning about how local groups utilize GIS technologies as he completes his Transportation Planning internship with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.


Mon, 07/02/2018

Kelsey Hamm, Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student is our next student spotlight.

She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie New York where she was the captain of the varsity women’s soccer team. During her undergraduate years, Kelsey worked in various labs on campus conducting molecular genetics studies, phylogenetic analyses, and developing protocols for thermal stress tests in E.coli. Her love of chemistry and food led her to enroll in the PSM program where she is gaining knowledge of food and flavor chemistry. Kelsey’s plan is to work in R&D, product or culinary development, or procurement. Her ultimate goal is to follow the creation of a product from idea to shelf. This summer she is putting her flavor chemistry knowledge to the test as a research intern for Synergy Flavors in Wauconda, Illinois.