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Logan Bishop named an NSF Graduate Research Fellow 

Chemistry graduate student Logan Bishop has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Bishop’s research in the field of Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry will receive three years of financial support as well as opportunities for mentorship and professional development.

Bishop’s ongoing research “focuses on the statistical mechanisms underpinning chromatographic separations.” He works in conjunction with his team member’s experiments “to investigate these mechanisms through a combination of simulation and machine learning.” Bishop cites Rice University’s spirit of collaboration and interdisciplinary nature as an impetus for selecting Rice’s Chemistry Department as the home for his graduate studies.

"Winning an NSF fellowship is confirmation of the quality of the work I have performed and provides greater motivation to continue with the project I have proposed. Further, it gives me the freedom to explore activities outside the lab that often provide inspiration for my research," he says.  

Bishop can attest, that while setbacks in research can feel discouraging, it is important to incorporate those experiences into one's everyday work. "To those looking at another round of applications: Do not give up," he says. "The personal statement that won this award discussed the (numerous) times I have failed in the past. Learning from those past failures was the vital step to reaching success."
Bishop works under the guidance of Christy Landes, professor of chemistry and electrical and computer engineering. About Bishop, she asserts, “Logan is the student I’ve been waiting for to work on the most important project in my group: a mechanistic description of protein separations/chromatography. He is unique in his background, intellect, ambition, communication skills, and the speed with which he is able to incorporate new knowledge into his working toolset.”
First year graduate student Rachael Kress was named an honorable mention by the Foundation. She is mentored by assistant professor Matthew Jones, who also recently began his professorship at Rice. He commends Kress' grit saying, "What makes Rachael unique is when preparing an unfamiliar experiment she is completely undaunted and approaches the task with abandon. There is no paralyzing self-reflection, pathological attention to detail, or desire for the experiment to yield a certain result. Rachael is unafraid to fail because her satisfaction comes simply from knowing something new."
In total, Rice Univeristy has 29 new NSF Graduate Research Fellows. A full list can be viewed here: http://news.rice.edu/2018/04/16/rice-has-29-new-nsf-graduate-research-fellows/.