“K-State’s in my blood.”
A self-proclaimed Wildcat at heart, Martha Hunt attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and knew that’s where she wanted to go to earn a master’s degree, too. The only problem? She had moved to Michigan. Not so much of a problem after all, thanks to K-State Global Campus.
“Their online food science program is one of the best,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of value in getting a master’s degree and Global Campus is a great way to accomplish that goal.”
Hunt has been working in research and development in the food industry for nearly seven years with well-known brands like Kellogg’s and Tyson.
“I take projects from an idea to creating recipes through final production,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to see your products on the shelf at a grocery store.”
Hunt works in a highly collaborative environment where entire teams dedicate themselves to figuring out how to make a concept become reality.
“It’s a very integrated process. Everyone’s got a final goal and everyone works together to accomplish that goal,” she said. “I work with a lot of really great people and there’s a lot of variety in my job.”
Variety was something she appreciated with Global Campus. Her classes included specialized courses in packaging, dietary restrictions like kosher and halal, flavor chemistry, and food safety. Hunt also appreciated the flexibility that came with the online program.
“You’re able to personalize your schedule around daily life. You choose your pace to balance work, life and school,” she said.
Hunt was most impressed by the support she received from faculty and staff.
“To have a support system of teachers and advisors who are willing to reach out, whose goal is to see you graduate — that’s a big deal,” she said.
Getting a master’s degree was a personal goal for Hunt, and she hopes it will give her more opportunities to advance professionally as well.
“Committing to get a masters degree is a lot of work and it’s worth it in the end,” she said.
Hunt plans to graduate with a Master of Science in food science in May 2019.