Stan Hudson Research Award

The Hudson Award is available to assist with funding for research projects conducted by college or university students under the supervision of a faculty member. The award honors the late H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a long-time member of the Missouri Native Plant Society whose passion for the flora of Missouri and its conservation inspired his friends and family to create a small grants program in his memory. The award is usually given annually.

To qualify for the Hudson award, research must involve Missouri native plants in some way, but may have as its primary focus any pertinent subject area in plant biology, including conservation, ecology, physiology, systematics and evolution, etc. The grant may be used for any non-salary expenses relating to the proposed research, including travel, equipment, and supplies. At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients will be expected to prepare research results for publication in a scientific journal.


Proposals should not to exceed 5 single-spaced typed pages and should include:

  1. Description of the project;
  2. How the project relates to native Missouri plants;
  3. Estimated completion date;
  4. Overall budget for the research;
  5. How an award from the Hudson Fund would be used;
  6. A list of other funding received or applied for toward the project.

Applicants should also include a current curriculum vitae. In addition, two letters of reference must be included, one of these being from the student’s faculty advisor. Typically, proposals are due in mid-February each year and awarded in mid-April. Materials may be submitted by mail (in triplicate) or preferably electronically as e-mail attachments in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Letters from the applicant’s references may be submitted as e-mail messages. Proposals will be reviewed by the MONPS grants committee. Watch this site and your native plant news source for annual announcements.


Recipient Institution Year Topic
Mickey Schutzenhofer Saint Louis University 2006 Comparing the exotic Lespedeza cuneata and native L. virginica for differences in herbivory and pollination
Kurt Piskin Saint Louis University 2007 Isolation and identification of mycorrhizal fungi from two native Missouri orchids, Aplectrum hyemale and Triphora trianthophora
Nicole E. Miller Washington University 2008 Plant-pollinator interactions and endemism in a glade system
Kyra N. Krakos Washington University 2009 Specialization of pollination systems in Oenothera
Erica J. Wheeler University of Missouri 2009 Hybridization, polyploidy and asexuality in the Allium canadense varietal complex
Caitlyn Ferris * College of the Ozarks 2011 Pollination biology and reproductive effort of Yucca arkansana in Missouri
Steve Kroiss Washington University 2011 What limits the establishment of rare plant species? – A comparison between rare and widespread species in restored Ozark glades
Alice Tipton Washington University 2012 Restoration at the roots: Rudbeckia missouriensis and its effect on mycorrhizal interactions and dolomite glade restoration
Sarah Unruh University of Missouri 2013 Creating a chloroplast phylogeny for Orchidaceae at the tribal level using next-generation sequencing technology
Brigette Williams Saint Louis University 2017 Conservation Epigenetics and Phenotype Plasticity
Leavenworthia uniflora

*Special award outside of formal Hudson Program