McPherson Fund
The J.K. McPherson Memorial Fund was established in memory of the late Dr. James K. McPherson, an ecology professor who served the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at OSU from 1968 to 1992. This fund, administered by the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, is designated for student travel for fieldwork and attendance/participation at scientific conferences. Eligibility requirements include demonstrated satisfactory progress toward degree.
Application Procedure

Applications will be accepted each February 1 and, if sufficient funds are available, September 1. To apply for funding, please submit application materials electronically (as a single pdf file) to the Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Administrative Assistant, including a current CV. A faculty committee will review your request and make recommendations to the Department Head. Your advisor must send an e-mail that s/he has read your request and endorses it, and may provide additional comments.
  A brief Report detailing tasks completed and funds expended must be submitted to the Department Head within 30 days of completion of travel. Failure to submit a report will result in ineligibility for future grants. All expenditures must follow OSU travel policy and procedures. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Department Head or your Graduate Advisor.

Fieldwork Grants: Briefly describe your thesis project and provide an outline of data to be collected with funds requested. Include an itemized budget and budget justification. Provide a table or graph that presents a projected timeline for your degree program including your research goals with specific tasks outlined. Applications should not exceed two pages (not including the CV). Strong preference will be given to students not requesting funds for two consecutive submission dates. Eligible expenses include travel and field supplies. Typical awards will not exceed $1000 per submission date.
Scientific Meeting Attendance: Submit a request that includes the meeting name, place, and date, and abstract if applicable. Provide a travel budget (airfare, mileage or gasoline, registration, housing). List funds and amount available to you or for which you intend to apply, in addition to the McPherson Fund (e.g., grant, OSU-GPSGA, professional societies). Strong preference will be given to students presenting their research. Typical awards will not exceed $500 per meeting.

James K. McPherson Biography
James King McPherson was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1937 and grew up in San Diego and Orange County, California. He received a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1959. His graduate studies were in plant ecology under C.H. Muller at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a M.S. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1968.
  Dr. McPherson was a member of the faculty in the OSU Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from 1968 until his retirement in 1992. He also served as acting Head of Botany from 1980-1981. During his tenure at OSU, Jim McPherson distinguished himself as a scholar, teaching students in areas ranging from vegetational surveys to allelopathy in sunflowers. His course in field botany was well-known, as was his summer field course on plants of the southern Rocky Mountains. He set a fast pace, both on foot and intellectually. Many of his former students, now widely dispersed, continue to praise his greatness as a teacher and report that they think of McPherson whenever they identify a plant.
  Jim's volunteer service included work for the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club. He managed the Conservancy's Springer Prairie Preserve and contributed expertise and labor to the new Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Osage County. At the time of his death he was completing a study of the flora of the Black Mesa area in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
  Dr. McPherson was awarded the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy's Stewardship Award in 1992 and in 1994 was posthumously awarded the National President's Stewardship Award.
  His work for the Sierra Club included serving as president of the Stillwater Group. He also led Sierra Club National Service Outings in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada and the San Juan Wilderness of colorado.
  The McPherson Fund was established by Dr. McPherson's wife Iris after his death. Each year, monies are distributed to Botany graduate students to help with their ecological research, especially in the summer months, and to defray the costs of attending national and regional conferences.