PCAS Research Awards

2021 Helen Miller and Edwin Glover Awards

The Payne County Audubon Society supports research and conservation through two grants named in honor of founding members Helen Miller and Edwin Glover. The grants provide up to $1000 to students at any level conducting field-based research on any native plants or animals in Oklahoma.  Special consideration will be given to projects that address the behavior, conservation, or natural history of birds.

Proposals will be judged by a committee of PCAS members that will rank overall merit based on financial need, articulation of the question or need the proposal addresses, and significance of the work to Oklahoma. Previous recipients are invited to apply but will be ranked lower than new proposals of comparable merit. To apply, prepare a written proposal in MS Word, double-spaced, using 11-pt or larger font, and with a maximum length of 2 pages (not including budget and literature cited).  Present the information in the following order:

  1. name, institution, and contact information
  2. project title
  3. introduction and justification
  4. clear statement of objectives/hypothesis
  5. study area and methods description
  6. anticipated results
  7. literature cited
  8. itemized budget of expenses for which the funds will be used
  9. need category (A–D described below)

Financial Need Category: To better illustrate the need for PCAS support, please add a line below the budget and indicate with an A, B, C, or D the approximate amount of funding from all sources that has already been secured to conduct the proposed research:

  1. 0% – there is no funding currently available to do the proposed research (A)
  2. more than 0% but less than 50% (B)
  3. more than 50% but less than 100% (C)
  4. 100% – support from the PCAS would be supplemental (D)

The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm on Friday, March 26th, 2021. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by Thursday, April 1, 2021. Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to Dr. Tim O’Connell: tim.oconnell@okstate.edu. Please include in the subject line “PCAS grant: last name, first name”.

The membership of the Payne County Audubon Society invests a significant proportion of the annual budget in its commitment to the Helen Miller and Edwin Glover awards. Applicants who receive funding are expected to deliver a presentation of the work at our monthly meeting in April 2022, tentatively scheduled for April 7th.

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Previous Awards


  1. 2020 Edwin Glover Award. 2020 was a remarkable year in many ways, but we did support Teri Cocke from the OSU Department of Integrative Biology for a proposal related to her graduate work, How does road-type influence native bee species richness, abundance, and mortality in roadside habitats in Oklahoma? 


On Thursday April 4th we gathered for pizza and programming at The Hideaway. We enjoyed brief presentations from Abbey Ramirez, 2018 recipient of the Helen Miller Award, who discussed results of her 3-year study of wintering Northern Saw-Whet Owls in Oklahoma. We also heard from Jared Elmore, 2018 recipient of the Edwin Glover Award, who described the role that scent plays in helping Red-cockaded Woodpecker avoid predation by rat snakes. We also celebrated three new research awards for 2019:

  1. 2019 Edwin Glover Award: Emily Geest, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University. The impact of fire on grassland butterfly communities in the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.
  2. 2019 Helen Miller Award: Elisa Henderson, University of California, Riverside. Do humans drive hybridization? A genomic study of hummingbird species pairs.
  3. 2019 Payne County Audubon Society Award: Matt Ridenour, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University. Mechanisms of nestling growth mediated by sibling rivalry in Eastern Bluebirds.



Award winners from 2016 will deliver presentations of their work at our Thursday meeting on April 6, 2017.

In 2016, we were pleased to award the Edwin Glover Award to Caitlin Laughlin for her proposal regarding Insectivorous bird responses to fire frequency in the Cross Timbers, and the Helen Miller Award to Corey Riding for The effects of artificial illumination on window collisions by nocturnally migrating birds. Caitlin is working toward an MS and Corey toward a PhD, both in the department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.


Meelyn Pandit, Dept. of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University and recipient of the Helen Miller Award. Meelyn is pursuing his master’s degree at OSU using data on Eastern Bluebird to address The function of alarm songs in behavioral coordination.

2015 Helen Miller Award recipient Meelyn Pandit and PCAS Treasurer Les Imboden.

Jonathan Sullivan, Dept. of Natural Sciences, Northeastern State University, Talequah and recipient of the Edwin Glover Award. Jonathan is pursuing his master’s degree by Exploring edge effect and the impact of invasive vegetation on Snowy Plover nesting success.

2015 Edwin Glover Award recipient Jonathan Sullivan and PCAS Treasurer Les Imboden.

Congratulations, gentlemen and best wishes for a successful field season.  We will look forward to presentations on your projects on Thursday April 7, 2016.  Many thanks to Jim Ownby for chairing the Scholarships Committee, and to all who supported PCAS in 2014!

We had intended to hold an informal awards ceremony at the OSU Botanic Garden, but the steady rain sent us to Plan B - indoors at the Stillwater Public Library.
We had intended to hold an informal awards ceremony at the OSU Botanic Garden, but the steady rain sent us to Plan B – indoors at the Stillwater Public Library.


In 2014, we were pleased to support Shannon Andreoli of the OSU Department of Integrative Biology with the Edwin Glover Award for her master’s thesis study “The effects of land use on the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus), its host plants, and its parasites.”

The 2014 Helen Miller Award was awarded to Cassondra Walker, PhD student in the OSU Department of Integrative Biology, to support her study entitled “Remote sensing, modeling, and statistical analysis to investigate habitat choice by Bell’s Vireo in Oklahoma’s prairie/crosstimbers ecoregion.”

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Shannon (above left) and Cassondra (above right) discussed their research with us at our Apr. 2nd Thursday evening program with 33 in attendance.  Congratulations to these bright young scholars!

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