Alumni & Development
Howard W. Clark Scholarship
Ryan Kessens, 2013 Howard W. Clark Scholar
Ryan Kessens with the pumpkin he carved in homage to IU basketball player Christian Watford, who scored a last-minute shot to beat Kentucky on Dec. 10, 2011. Courtesy photo.
Ryan graduated this year with a B.S. in Biotechnology. He hails from a farm in southern Indiana and came to IU with an interest in agricultural biotechnology. In Roger Innes’s lab Ryan investigated the immune system of plants; research that is hoped will enable development of crop plants that are more resistant to disease. He participated in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Integrated Freshman Learning Experience (IFLE), an honors freshman biology program with a strong research component. Ryan was an Indiana University Founders Scholar; he received a Hutton Honors College Scholarship each year that he was at IU, a Summer Research Grant from the Honors Program, and a 4-year long IU Excellence Scholarship. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society in 2011. This is the second year in a row that Ryan received a Howard W. Clark Scholarship. He starts a Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2013.