Blatchley Nature Study Club Scholarship Undergraduate Requirements

Blatchley Nature Study Club Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by the Blatchley Nature Study Club of Noblesville, Indiana.


Juniors with a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology who plan to apply to a graduate Plant Biology or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology degree program. Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.

Also open to Bloomington graduate students in Plant Biology, or Evolution, Ecology and Behavior.


Serious candidates should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have financial need. First preference is given to qualified candidates who have Indiana residency. Not sure you are a resident? See the Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status on the Registrar’s website.

Recipient MUST be willing to prepare and present a program to the club at a mutually agreed upon time, usually the following spring. (Research conducted through Biology L490 or its equivalent could provide material for this.)



Matthew Helm, 2015 Blatchley Scholar

In the spring of 2016, recipient Matthew Helm will visit the Blatchley Nature Study Club. While there, he will give a presentation featuring the results of his research on conferring disease resistance to the viral pathogen Soybean Mosaic Virus in soybeans. Matt is a member of Roger Innes’ lab, where research suggests that endogenous soybean resistance genes (R genes) can be modified to confer durable resistance to the Soybean Mosaic Virus. The aim of this work is to generate crop plants with wide-spectrum, agronomically useful disease resistance.