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Masters Food Science, Development, African

I hold a bachelor degree in Food Science from XXXX University and have 5 years’ experience in product development, food technology and research.   My goal in pursuing a Master’s degree at XXU is to acquire the high-level skills and knowledge which will enable me to assist in providing effective solutions to the problems related to the feeding of those living in the less developed economies especially in Africa. My long term career goal is to lead research projects, in a private company or NGO, that are aimed at the provision of reliable, affordable and nutritious foods to the economically deprived.

I am a fully bicultural Kenyan-American and find that the easy availability of a very wide variety of high quality, long life food is taken for granted by many in the ‘first world countries’ but having been raised in Kenya, I have witnessed the difficulties arising in less advanced economies. Dependence on a narrow range of foodstuffs that often spoil very quickly and irregularity of quality and supply are examples of the many reasons that people suffer food insecurity in Africa. From my earliest years, I intended to ‘make a difference’ rather than just ‘make a living’ and when I saw the abundance here in the US and contrasted this situation with that in Kenya, I resolved to study Food Science and use the knowledge acquired to make a difference for the benefit of those living with food insecurity primarily in Africa but also in developed food economies.

I have worked in a variety of settings and in various roles and this experience, along with my undergraduate studies, provide an excellent basis for me to be able to ‘add value’ to the program and to benefit from it. I look forward to sharing the fruits of my own life, academic and work experience and to profit from the experiences of my fellow students.

The program is my first choice because I am aware that the Institute of Food Technologists has recognized the program as being the premier one in the US. Several of my colleagues are currently enrolled and recommend the program as highly challenging but providing a very supportive academic environment and research opportunities and as one being at the ‘cutting edge’ of work in this field. The online program will also enable me to pursue my employment without interruption and to apply what I learn to my day to day work.

My general area of interest is Food Chemistry because it is an area in which I feel that opportunities to meet my overall goals can be met. Specifically, I would like to develop my understanding of the relationship between the structure of food molecules and their functional properties, in order to improve nutritional aspect of foods. I hope that it might be possible to assist in a related research project within the program.

I am aware that research, and especially research leadership, calls for specific and uncommon characteristics such as determination, patience, an ability to approach problems with creativity and originality, the ability to communicate innovative ideas with precision and high level planning skills. I believe that I have demonstrated these characteristics in my work and research to date and intend to develop them to the very best of my potential through my participation in the program and present and future work.

To summarize, I consider myself to be a highly motivated, well qualified applicant who will bring useful insights to the program. I can assure the reader of enthusiastic and diligent participation in the program, if selected, and a determination to excel rather than to merely succeed.

Thank you for considering my application.

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