Student Profile

Grant Hansen
Class of '12

Grant Hansen earned an M.S. in the Illinois PSM’s plant biology (now plant biotechnology) program. He return to school after several years of business experience to "not only gain a master's degree, but to add business instruction and experience" to position him for bio-based careers. Grant received the 2012 Volunteer Service Award from the Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs for his work with SCORE while an Illinois PSM student. He interned with AMCOL International as a market research analyst. Upon graduation, Grant was hired as a marketing specialist with DuPont.  Recently, he accepted a new position as a product coordinator for United Suppliers.

Plant Biotechnology

The Illinois PSM in plant biotechnology offers a fast-paced immersion into preparation for careers in biotechnology sectors. In this program, students merge their interdisciplinary graduate studies with real-world training by integrating business acuity with the top-notch science credentials demanded by a wide array of biotechnology careers in agriculture, medicine, and environmental enterprises.

 

SCIENCE + BUSINESS

Graduate students in the Illinois PSM in plant biotechnology build a flexible, interdisciplinary expertise around a strong, plant-based biotechnology core. Plant biotechnology PSM students enjoy the charged atmosphere of scientific discoveries for which the University of Illinois is globally recognized.To prepare students to function successfully at the interface of science and business in biotechnology industries, the Illinois PSM in plant biotechnology provides essential business knowledge and real-world experience that builds professional skills in key areas of communication, management, and leadership.

 

DIVERSE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

By merging a biotechnology-focused education with business knowledge and professional skills, the Illinois PSM in plant biotechnology equips graduates for diverse entry points into agricultural, medical and environmental enterprises that demand strong science credentials and business acumen. The sources of career opportunities span industry, not-for-profit, and government organizations. Career areas include

  • product development and marketing,
  • government and public relations,
  • design and implementation of regulatory strategies,
  • market analysis and feasibility studies,
  • application of new customer support models, and
  • technology transfer and intellectual property ventures.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To discuss your learning and career objectives, contact the Illinois PSM Office at PSMdegree@illinois.edu or (217) 265-5363.

 

 

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