Taking Nominations for the Hudson Award for 2017

The Missouri Native Plant Society announces the availability of funding for research projects conducted by college or university students under the supervision of a faculty member. This award honors the late H. Stanton Hudson (1921–2002), a longtime 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.

To qualify for the Hudson fund, 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. For 2017, we anticipate awarding a single grant in the amount of $1,000. At the conclusion of the project, grant recipients will be expected to prepare research results for publication in a scientific journal.

Proposals should not 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. 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. Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2017, with funds to be awarded on or about 1 June 2017.  Application materials should be sent to:

Missouri Native Plant Society
Paul McKenzie
2311 Grandview Circle
Columbia, MO 65203

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