The National Peanut Board will award Jason Woodward, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, the 2006 Dr. George Washington Carver Award and $1000.
The award, honoring the “father of the peanut industry,” recognizes excellence in peanut-related research and community involvement. Jason’s achievements also earned the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, GA a matching $1,000 award.
“Jason’s research is truly remarkable and has already shed some light on the future of peanuts, especially in the Southeast. Not many graduate student projects make such an immediate impact on the industry and his community involvement truly lived up to the spirit of Dr. Carver’s name,” National Peanut Board Research Chairman Jack Brinkley said of the achievement.
Woodward’s research project involved the creation of an index that has already enabled some growers to reduce their input costs substantially. Along the way he even helped discover two new diseases found on peanuts in Georgia and published his studies as a result of those discoveries.
His outstanding record of community involvement includes volunteering at the YMCA as a coach, serving as an usher at his local church and assisting as a mentor in the Georgia Internship for Teachers Program, all while raising two small boys with his wife.
Competition for the Dr. George Washington Carver Award was open to both undergraduate and graduate students actively engaged in research related to the USA-grown peanut industry. Entries were judged on their measurable impact on the American peanut industry in the categories of peanut cultivation and new peanut-product development. Judgment criteria were also based upon volunteerism and community involvement.
The award will be presented on July 12, 2006, at the American Peanut Research and Education Society (APRES) Annual Meeting being held in Savannah, Ga.
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