The J. Richard Dilworth Memorial Fund was established in 1983 to honor long-time College of Forestry faculty member "Dick" Dilworth in order to "improve the quality of the programs in the College of Forestry". Awards from the memorial fund are available to graduate students in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management (FERM) and in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES), and are given in priority of scholarship, student travel, and teaching grants. Guidelines for each of these are provided below:

  1. Scholarship. Scholarship requests for new or returning students (MS or PhD) working in the areas of mensuration, biometrics, photogrammetry, and applied silviculture will receive the highest priority. Applications should include the student's name, area of interest (research project if decided upon), Department, major professor, amount requested, how the money will be used, and when it will be spent.
  2. Student Travel. Allocation of funds for graduate student travel will be limited and priority given to travel for student research not covered by departmental or project funds and for group instructional activities not covered by departmental funds. Priority for conference expenses will be given for graduate students presenting as speakers and then as poster presentations. Travel requests should be specific and include the number of students expected (if a group) or the student's name (if an individual), the purpose and time of the travel, and a brief itemization of the expected expenses.
  3. Graduate Teaching. Applications for graduate teaching equipment, software, books, or guest speakers will be considered as special opportunities and should have a broad impact. Specific information on the opportunity, its need, its cost or expenses, and its intended use should be provided.

Priority will also be given to Oregon residents or those students likely to remain in Oregon after graduation.

The request should include a 1-2 page letter clearly specifying the exact amount requested, a budget (how the funds will be used), and the broader context of the project or activity.

In the case of requests for enhancing research and scholarship, the letter should also clearly specify the hypothesis being tested.

Applications, with the information required above, should be received by the selection committee chairperson by the end of the first full week in April. Awards will be determined by a selection committee and made before the end of May 2021. The total amount of the awards will depend on the annual yield of the foundation account (currently about $4,000 per year).

Jim Kiser
Dilworth Memorial Fund
Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management


About Dick Dilworth


Dick Dilworth joined the Forest Management faculty of Oregon State College in 1946 and became the department head in 1954.  In 1976 he became the first head of the new Forest Science Department.  He retired from the College of Forestry as professor of forest science in 1977.

Dick was born in 1914 in Dubuque, Iowa. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1937 and a masters in 1938 from Iowa State College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 until 1946, when he retired with the rank of major.In 1956 he received a doctorate from the University of Washington. He died June 15, 1981.

During his 31-year association with Oregon State, Dick was a respected teacher of undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars. Dick laid the groundwork for much of the College's continuing education program by developing some of the earliest short courses for practicing foresters. His research interests included measurements (scaling and cruising), photogrammetry (develope dphoto-volume tables), and silviculture (one of his last projects looked at development of spaced young western hemlock). His texts on scaling and cruising have been updated several times and still form the basis of the widely used "Log Scaling and Timber Cruising" book. Dick played an instrumental role in building the Departments of Forest Resources and Science and the College of Forestry to their present position of worldwide prestige.





Jim Kiser: jim.kiser@oregonstate.edu