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Plumeri Award for Chemistry Professor

Professor Deborah BeboutSince coming to William & Mary in 1993, Professor Bebout has more than proven her devotion to her students, the College and the field of chemistry. She has served as director for the College’s interdisciplinary biochemistry minor for more than 15 years, and also is director of graduate studies in her department. Bebout’s current research uses a powerful combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), crystallography and mass spectrometry to expand understanding of zinc, cadmium and mercury coordination chemistry, addressing toxicological concerns associated with society’s increasing dependence on metal resources. Her research has garnered grant funding from both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Last year, she was a co-principal investigator on a funded NSF project to upgrade a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer for enhanced research and education. Bebout has mentored numerous research students at both the undergraduate and master’s levels, many of whom have appeared as co-authors on papers published in top scientific journals. Bebout holds a doctorate in physical organic chemistry from Cornell University. She was a NIH postdoctoral fellow for two years at Pennsylvania State University.