Research Studies


Rebekah Schilberg (Class of 2021)

Schilberg's research journey at LU's Texas Academy

  • Worked with faculty mentor on undergraduate research project
  • Presented at research conferences
  • Published first peer-reviewed article

Rebekah Schilberg was among the authors of an article published in the September 2021 issue of Chemical Physics Letters, published by Elsevier (CiteScore: 3.7; Impact Factor: 2.029).

Schilberg contributed to the investigation, formal analysis, data curation and the writing of the original draft, sharing research she began as the recipient of Lamar University's Office of Undergraduate Research grant (2019-2020). On that chemistry project, "Accurate Methods Based on Molecular Rational Resonance Spectroscopy for Fast Detection of Polar Impurities in Petroleum Mixtures," Schilberg worked with mentor Dr. Sylvestre Twagirayezu and another student researcher, Ablasse Kingcaid-Ouedraogo. They presented their findings at the 2019 Texas STEM Conference and the 2020 O.U.R. Expo at Lamar University.

Her article sheds light on MRR spectroscopy as a potential technique for the detection of PFOA, a product ideal for several industrial applications (such as food packaging, paintings, clothing fabrics and cleaning products), yet a subject of environmental concerns and cancer correlations.