Contact us

Wells Scholars Program
1331 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47408-3964

Phone: 812-855-9491

Fax: 812-855-3780


The Wells Scholars Program offices are located in Harlos House, directly across Tenth Street from the Wells (Main) Library. (You can find us on this searchable campus map.) The house was a generous gift to IU from Cecil and Inez Harlos, longtime friends and neighbors of Dr. Wells.


Christoph Irmscher, director

Christoph IrmscherChristoph Irmscher is proud to direct the Wells Scholars Program.  He is also Provost Professor of English at Indiana University and an active writer and biographer.   His most recent books include Longfellow Redux   (2006), Public Poet, Private Man (2009) as well as the co-edited collections A Keener Perception:  Ecocritical Essays in American Art History (2009) and Reconsidering Longfellow (2014).  His most recent biography, Louis Agassiz:   Creator of American Science, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013, was Editor’s Choice of the New York Times Book Review.  Considered one of the leading experts on the work of painter John James Audubon      (whose writings he had edited for the Library of America), Christoph has appeared in, and served as a consultant on, several documentaries about Audubon.  He has taught at the University of Tennessee, Harvard  University, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.   For more information, go to his personal website at   Wells Scholars may come to him with any and all questions.  He signs off  on students’ Study Abroad plans, meets with them about their academic progress at IU, oversees the recruitment process, stays in touch with alumni, and teaches one semester of the Wells Freshman Seminar.   Above  all, he constantly awed by just how smart and socially conscious our Wells Scholars are!  And he is delighted to work with such a wonderful program team. 

Charlene Brown, associate director

Charlene BrownCharlene Brown serves as the associate director of the Wells Scholars Program.  Her responsibilities include developing and directing extracurricular activities; overseeing Wells publications and the  WSP website; administering the WSP summer experience grant; and providing academic, career, post-graduate education, and national and international scholarship advising.  Having worked for  the Wells program since its founding, she also works on alumni relations and advises Wells student groups, including WAVE (Wells Activism and Volunteer Effort), the Mentoring Initiative, and Fun  Nights.  She did her undergraduate studies in political science and her graduate studies in public communication at Stanford University and has taught news writing, reporting, and communications  law for the IU School of Journalism. She is a co-author of The Media and the People and a co-editor of The First Amendment Reconsidered and was head of the Law Division of the Association for  Journalism and Mass Communication. She has been a Poynter Faculty Associate and serves on the Advisory Committee of IU's Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. She  is a member of the IU Truman Scholarship Nomination Committee and has served on the Academic Advisory Committee for Mellon Programs at the IU Art Museum, the IU student commencement  speaker committee, the advisory committee for LESA (Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action), the LeaderShape at IU Committee, the Foster International Living-Learning Center Committee, and the  strategic planning committee of the Office of Academic Support and Diversity. She also directs extracurricular programs and activities at the Hutton Honors College, and her honors include the IU  Foundation's Jerry Tardy Pride of Indiana Award.

Rachel Lawmaster, administrative assistant

Rachel LawmasterRachel joined the Wells Scholars Program in February 2010.  In 2008, she graduated from Indiana University with a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She has also  earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.At the Wells Scholars Program, Rachel administers all program funds both operational and scholarship related  including tuition fee remission and funds for overseas study.  Rachel also coordinates and oversees the annual Welcome Reception for new scholars.  She provides support for donor relations, course book ordering and  building management of Harlos House along with various other tasks related to the Wells Scholars Program.  

Christopher Shipman, program assistant

Chris ShipmanChris joined the Wells Scholars Program in September 2013.  In 1996, he graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Chris has worked in law enforcement  and has over 11 years of experience at Indiana University working in such areas as:  admissions, student services and security.  At the Wells Scholars Program, Chris assists with the nomination,  selection, and recruitment processes for Wells Scholarships.  He also assists with extracurricular events, publications, website, and records for the Wells Scholars Program.