Frank L. Haynes Graduate Student Research Award Competition
A graduate student award fund honoring the late Dr. Frank L. Haynes, long time professor of Potato Breeding and Genetics at North Carolina State University was initiated by his wife, Dr. Kathy Haynes, USDA-ARS Potato Breeder at Beltsville, MD and family to the PAA Endowment and presented at the organization’s annual meeting held July 27, 2000 in Colorado, Springs, Colorado. The PAA has been making the Graduate student cash awards honoring outstanding student research presentations given during paper presentation sessions at the organization's Annual Meeting. Each participating student is presented a certificate showing the name of the title of presentation when they receive their evaluation from the Chair of the Graduate Student Competition Committee.
Honorary Life Memberships
One of the most significant ways to recognize outstanding contributions to the potato industry and to our organization, The Potato Association of America, is the awarding of Honorary Life Membership (HLM). This is the highest award bestowed upon an individual by the PAA. Each year at the Annual Meeting of the PAA this award is given to deserving individuals and is considered by many attendees the highlight of the banquet.
Outstanding Extension Project Award
The Outstanding Extension Project Award was developed in 2009 to recognize outstanding Extension projects or programs, printed publications, websites, workshops, newsletters, etc., that have made significant contributions to education on potato.
Outstanding Paper Award
Each year the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Potato Research conducts a formal routine of nominations and voting to select the highest quality research paper in each section published in AJPR in the previous year (volume). The corresponding author receives the award at the Awards Banquet, and the paper itself is granted open-access status by the publisher.