(Posted May 11, 2015)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Rebecca Brumbaugh, a senior at Juniata College from Hilton, N.Y. studying chemistry, is one of eight students across the United States to receive a grant from the American Chemical Society that allowed her travel to Denver, Colo. to make a presentation on her research at the society's national meeting March 22-26.

Brumbaugh, the daughter of Dr. Donald Brumbaugh and Lucille Brumbaugh, also of Hilton, is a 2011 graduate of Bishop Kearney High School.

Her research presentation is a collaboration with three Juniata chemistry professors and a German researcher at the University of Bielfeld. The talk will center on synthesizing specially labeled chemicals that will ultimately help scientists analyze "polyphenolic" compounds, like the components of chocolate and red wine that have antioxidant properties.

In summer 2014, she worked with researchers at the University of Bristol School of Chemistry in Bristol, England as part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Brumbaugh received the Eli Lilly/WCC Travel Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society.
Brumbaugh will continue her research career at Emory University, in Atlanta, Ga., beginning this summer.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.