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.
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.