Student Profile

Beth Papanek
Class of '11

Beth Papanek is a 2011 graduate of the program.  As a student, she worked in Dr. Hans Blaschek’s laboratory and did consulting work with Illinois Business Consulting.  She is now a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and works in the Office of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Beth says that because of the Illinois PSM, “I have been taken much more seriously and got to jump in right away because I did have some business background.  I am working with a startup company that I will hopefully become CEO of once I graduate.  The parent company said specifically how rare and useful it is to have someone who understands the technical side of things, but can also really speak to the business interests.”

Bioprocessing and Bioenergy Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from a recognized institution abroad
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and for any graduate work
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher (internet-based test), 590 or higher (paper-based test), or 243 or higher (computer-based test) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement (please see the Application Information page for more details)

Applications will be accepted until June 15th for international students and July 1st for domestic students.

For additional information or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Dr. Beth Conerty, advisor for bioprocessing and bioenergy, at bconerty@illinois.edu or (217) 300- 4543. 

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