New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2008
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Dr. Paul W. Bosland

Dr. Bosland is recognized internationally as one of the foremost experts on “Capsicum” – chile genetics, breeding, and germplasm evaluation. He leads the chile breeding and genetics research program at New Mexico State University.

He has served the state of New Mexico and the people through his teaching, his research and his community service. Dr. Bosland is active in the NSF funded Agricultural Science Summer and Research Education and Development program. This program provides fi rst-generation children of migrant farm workers the opportunity to experience agricultural research. He reaches out to these children in border communities to learn of career opportunities in agricultural sciences beyond fi eld work. The goal is to provide these students with the opportunity to experience agricultural research as a fi eld for scientifi c discovery and study. He also assists freshman and sophomore college students from fi rst or second generation migrant farm labor families.

Dr. Bosland is a Regents Professor at New Mexico State University where he established himself as the premier pepper breeder in the world. He has received the Harvard University’s Ig-Nobel Award for developing a heatless jalapeno pepper, and notoriety for discovering the world’s hottest pepper. He was the fi rst member of the department and second faculty member of the college to be named a Regents Professor.

Dr. Bosland has received many honors including being named Fellow of the American Society of Horticultural Science, the NMSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics Distinguished Researcher Award, Wilson’s Guide to Experts in Science and Technology, and 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century among many others.