News and Events

Fri, 06/30/2017

Our 1st Student Spotlight of the week is Lauran Widman.

Lauran is one of our 11 Agricultural Production students in the Class of 2017. Her focus in graduate school is food animal production, but also how to pair that knowledge with her B.S. degree in Crop Sciences, also from the University of Illinois. Lauran is an active member of the Illinois PSM Student Ambassadors and works part time at the Illinois Soybean Research Center. This summer, Lauran is combining her knowledge in agricultural production with business as a Grain Merchandising Trainee at Consolidated Grain and Barge (CGB). 

Wed, 06/28/2017

Our Final Student Spotlight of the week is Nickolas “Nick” Broches.

Nick, originally from Bartlett, Illinois, earned his B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology right here at the University of Illinois. During his undergraduate studies, Nick worked in various research laboratories. His passion for sports and fitness, paired with interest in food and technology led him to our Food Science and Human Nutrition program. This summer, he is enhancing his food laboratory skills working in the Engeseth Laboratory here at UIUC. Dr. Engeseth’s lab focuses on chemical and biochemical reactions in food products with the hopes of enhancement of food quality.

Tue, 06/27/2017

Ruoxin is just one of our 10 students in the Geographic Information Science program.  

She graduated from the Shanxi University of Finance and Economics with a B.S. in Resource and Regional Planning. She is currently a GIS Intern for the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center right here in Champaign. Ruoxin is interested in Health Geography and using GIS to ensure medical accessibility as well as environmental and resource management. Ruoxin is advised by Dr. Shakil Kashem.

The Geographic Information Science program is offered by the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science in the School of Earth, Society, and Environment. It is currently our only program that is offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mon, 06/26/2017

The first #StudentSpotlight of the week is Iliass Feddol.

Iliass is enrolled in our Agricultural Production program with a focus in Food Animal Production. He obtained his B.S. in Environmental and Biodiversity Management from Cadi Ayadd University in his home country of Morocco. Iliass also holds M.S. degrees in Biotechnology and Genetics from University Mohammed V in Morocco and Biotechnology and Pharma Management from Grenoble School of Management in France. After obtaining these degrees, he realized his true passion was in animal sciences and nutrition. This summer, Iliass is working as a Production Intern for JBS in Beardstown, Illinois.


The Illinois PSM in Agricultural Production is advised by Dr. Robert Knox. 

Wed, 06/21/2017

Today’s spotlight is Mengna Tang of our Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) program.

Mengna started her Food Science journey at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in her home country of China where she received her Bachelor of Engineering in Food Science and Engineering. This summer, Mengna is working as an Operations Intern for Tasty Catering, a Chicagoland based catering company that was named one of Forbes Top Small Companies in 2016. Mengna is advised by Dr. Nicki Engeseth.