- Degree in Agronomy, 1998 - Zamorano Pan American School of Agriculture, Honduras
- B.S., Food Science, 2001- University of Arkansas
Hazel was a graduate student in the lab from 2001 to 2004. She worked on a project to identify the spoilage organisms present in fluid milk products 17 days post-pasteurization. Her thesis was entitled: “Characterization of pasteurized fluid milk shelf life attributes”.
After leaving the lab, she became a scientist at Kraft Foods Inc. in East Hanover, NJ.