PCAS Research Awards

Helen Miller and Edwin Glover Awards

Now accepting grant applications for the 2022 Helen Miller and Edwin Glover PCAS Research Awards. Please see below for more information and a download with complete application requirements, including the submission deadline of April 1, 2022.

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

Proposals are 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. Previously unawarded applicants will be ranked equal to all other applicants.

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 of the following year.

Applications are accepted as Word or PDF documents with a maximum length of 2 pages (not including budget and literature cited). Remember that not all reviewers have a scientific background. For planning purposes, it may be helpful to know that applicants are asked to include a project title, introduction and justification, a clear statement of objectives and/or hypothesis, the study area and methods description, anticipated results, and literature cited. All applicants are expected to provide an itemized budget of expenses for which the funds will be used, and to self-assign a Financial Need Category.

Financial Need Categories are used by the committee to better illustrate the need for PCAS support. All applicants will be expected to self-assign a Financial Need Category to their funding request, based on the approximate amount of funding available from all sources that has already been secured to conduct the proposed research. If the applicant believes an explanation of funding would be helpful in understanding why they chose the category they did, a single paragraph explanation may be provided.

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

Research proposals are generally accepted in March of a given year, but the deadline and call for proposals may vary a little year-to-year as we are a volunteer run organization. The call for proposals will be announced here and on the PCAS Facebook group. Proposals are accepted electronically, via Google Form.

Previous Award Winners


In the spring of 2021, we were delighted to award the Helen Miller Award to Victoria Roper from the OSU Department of Integrative Biology for a proposal titled Effects of a novel pathogen (Mycoplasma gallisepticum) on avian host physiology and behavior. We were similarly delighted to award the Edwin Glover Award to Alex Harmon from the OSU Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology for a proposal titled Tiger Beetles: Completely carnivorous or occasional omnivores? Both Victoria and Alex are working towards earning their PhDs at Oklahoma State.


2020 was a remarkable year in many ways, but we did support Teri Cocke from the OSU Department of Integrative Biology with the 2020 Edwin Glover Award 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? We sadly did not have a April 2021 meeting for her to present at.

Edwin Miller Award winner, Teri Cocke, was awarded via the USPS due to the global pandemic!


On Thursday April 4th we gathered for pizza and programming at The Hideaway. We enjoyed brief presentations from the 2018 recipients of our awards and celebrated awarding the following research awards:

  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.



In 2018 we were excited to award Abbey Ramirez with the 2018 Helen Miller Award. She discussed results of her 3-year study of wintering Northern Saw-Whet Owls in Oklahoma at our April 2019 meeting. We also heard from Jared Elmore, the 2018 recipient of the Edwin Glover Award, who described the role that scent plays in helping Red-cockaded Woodpecker avoid predation by rat snakes at the same meeting.


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. Both presented on their findings at our April 2017 meeting.


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. 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. Many thanks to Jim Ownby for chairing the Scholarships Committee, and to all who supported PCAS in 2014!


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 prarie/crosstimbers ecoregion. Shannon and Cassondra discussed their research with us at our April 2 evening program with 33 in attendance. 

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