Hunter International Travel Award

  • Dr. Melvin “Hunter” Hunt was a long-time AMSA member and a leader in the meat science community during his distinguished career at Kansas State University. Hunter’s reputation as a top meat color research is well-known throughout the world and his service to the meat industry spans a career of teaching, mentoring, and research. He is the primary author of the first version of the Guidelines for Meat Color. The Hunter International Travel Award is a non-tuition scholarship intended to support the efforts of meat science graduate students in communicating their research results at international meetings like ICoMST or other similar researched-based conferences.
  • Interested students who are members or are becoming members of AMSA are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants will be MS or PhD students who have: (1) completed at least one year of graduate study in a MS program or two years of a PhD program on research using fundamental approaches to advance the biochemical understanding of muscle, fresh and/or processed meats, and (2) are presenting their research at an international meeting.
Nature of the award
  • One award will be presented in 2024. The award consists of a cash payment of $2,500. The recipient will be required to provide a follow-up report that details how the funds were used and their experiences.
Materials to apply
  1. Cover Letter- The student shall write a cover letter describing his/her interest in meat science, possible career choice, and the purpose for applying for the scholarship(s). This should include details regarding: Need of financial support and Reasons for attending the conference, etc.
  2. Resume-The resumé will be evaluated on the basis of its suitability to accompany a job application in the meat and food industry.
  3. Student Unofficial Transcript
  4. Any additional items (if applicable)
Submitting Application

Students must apply to each scholarship individually, to ensure students are eligible for the specific award.

Application materials should be combined into one PDF file titled "Name of Nominee_Name of Scholarship", which should also be included in the email subject line. Applications will be submitted to Joanna Hardcastle at You will receive a confirmation email to verify the application was received. 


If you have questions or need additional information on the program, contact Joanna Hardcastle at