graduate program announced
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[DEC. 4, 2006]
URBANA -- The University of Illinois Department
of Animal Sciences and a leading Illinois swine management business
are creating a new master's degree program at the U of I College of
Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
The degree -- The Maschhoffs Inc.-sponsored Master of Science in
Animal Sciences-Swine Production Management -- is designed for
high-caliber students with a bachelorís degree in animal
sciences or an associated discipline.
"This program is aimed
at students planning a career in production management within
the swine industry," explained Michael Ellis, a professor in the
Department of Animal Sciences and head of the new degree
program. "In the future, these individuals will need an
increasingly broader range of technical and business management
skills and practical experience if they are to be successful.
"Our program will combine the academic rigors of a master's
degree at the U of I with extensive practical experience and
involvement in applied research studies carried out within The
The Maschhoffs is headquartered in Carlyle and over the past
decade has partnered with the U of I on numerous progressive
research projects in swine production science, ranging from
nutrition to health to transportation and engineering.
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"This program gives students a unique experience," said Bradley
Wolter, a U of I Ph.D. in animal sciences and director of production
technology with The Maschhoffs. "In return, our company gets the
opportunity to work with the bright minds who will become tomorrow's
swine industry leaders."
Students will spend three semesters doing class work and being
involved in a wide range of applied swine research. During the final
semester of the program, students will work within The Maschhoffs
system carrying out an applied research project, which will form the
basis of the thesis component of their degree.
Applications for the program, which begins in fall semester 2007,
should be submitted by Jan. 31, 2007. Further information can be
obtained by contacting Ellis at 1207 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL
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