Bemis Awarded NSF GRFP Fellowship, Participates in Minority Outreach

August,  2012


Ph.D. student Kyle Bemis has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and places emphasis on diversity in the sciences. Bemis's fellowship will support his work in developing statistical and computational methods for the analysis of DESI imaging mass spectrometry data, in joint work with Dr. R. Graham Cooks of Purdue's Department of Chemistry. Bemis, under advisor Olga Vitek, has been working on spatially-aware clustering algorithms for image segmentation, and recently presented his work in a poster at the 2012 International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB), where he won an award for best presentation during the conference's Student Council Symposium.

The NSF GRFP also encourages fellows to participate in outreach programs that broaden participation of underrepresented populations in the sciences. Bemis is a member of the Zuni tribe, and is active in several Native American groups on campus, including the Native American Student Association (NASA), and is the current Vice-President of the Purdue chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Bemis is also a Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) fellow. This summer, Bemis and other native Purdue SIGP students mentored Alaskan Native high school students through the Alaskan Natives in Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) and other underrepresented minorities through the Minority Education Through Traveling and Learning in the Sciences (METALS) program, led by Purdue geology professor Ken Ridgeway. Bemis and the other students spoke about their research and experience in science at Purdue to encourage the new generation of young scientists to pursue study in the sciences.

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August 2012