John R. and Wendy L. Kindig Scholarship Undergraduate Requirements

John R. and Wendy L. Kindig Scholarship

Established in 2015 by IU alumni John R. Kindig, M.D., and Wendy L. Kindig, M.D.


Open to undergraduates with a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology who have a demonstrated record of excellence.


Candidates must have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 scale.


Two awards at $6,243 each.

Christina Moe, 2016 Kindig Scholar

Christina Moe is earning a B.S. in Biology and a Certificate in the Liberal Arts and Management Program. She joined Professor Claire Walczak’s lab in 2013. Work in that lab examines the basic mechanisms by which cells divide, and Christina’s research project focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms that contribute to spindle organization, which is essential for accurate chromosome segregation.

Christina is a Cox Research Scholar and was a 2015 recipient of a Hutton Honors College Research Grant. She is third author on a paper published in the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell. Christina is the Social Sciences Chair for the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research and President of the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education’s Student Advisory Board. Christina plans to pursue a career in medicine.

John D. Ryan, 2016 Kindig Scholar

John D. Ryan, or Jack, as he prefers to be called, is earning a B.S. in Microbiology and Neuroscience with minors in chemistry and psychology. Jack conducts research in Professor Malcolm Winkler’s lab on the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. He has been an undergraduate teaching intern for the Intensive Freshman Seminars Program and an undergraduate teaching assistant for L211 Molecular Biology and M250 Microbiology.

Jack was the recipient of a Metz Scholarship, a Hutton Honors College Research Partnership Award, a College of Arts and Sciences Indiana Scholarship, and an IU Excellence Scholarship. He was also named an IU Founders Scholar.

Upon graduation, Jack plans to pursue admission to an M.D./Ph.D. program to continue his study of microbiology and infectious disease. His ultimate goal is to earn a medical school faculty position as a physician-scientist.