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Rebecca Prendergast, M.S., Lieutenant, USCG

Instructor, Chemistry Department of Science

Rebecca PrendergastLT Rebecca Prendergast graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2012 with a B.S. degree (high honors) in Marine and Environmental Sciences. During her time she earned the George C. Alexander and Robert T. Alexander Award in Chemistry (under her maiden name Follmer). Her first assignment following graduation was as a Deck Watch Officer onboard the USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20) in Seattle, Washington from 2012-2014 where she conducted the missions of science and international ice-breaking. Her second assignment was as the Assistant Operations Officer onboard the USCGC MACKINAW (WLBB 30) in Cheboygan, Michigan from 2014-2016 where she conducted the missions of domestic ice-breaking and aids to navigation. Upon acceptance to the Academy Instructor Program, she attended Syracuse University from 2016-2018 and earned her M.S. degree in Chemistry in 2018. Her research included investigating the relation between impact sensitivity and elasticity in high energy materials using solid-state density functional theory as well as obtaining and characterizing the terahertz (THz) and low-frequency Raman spectra of the gun-shot residues nitroguanidine, 2-nitrodiphenylamine, diphenylurea, and ethyl centralite. She is now assigned as a Chemistry Instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Her family includes her husband Travis, an Army Infantry Officer, and her three cats Owen, Ophelia, and Octavia.


  • M.S., Syracuse University, Chemistry, 2018
  • B.S., U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Marine and Environmental Sciences, High Honors, 2012

Courses Taught

  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II Honors

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Prendergast, R., “A Solid-State Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Nitroguanidine and Gunshot Residues” (2018). Master’s Thesis.
  • Prendergast, R., Korter, T. Solid-state theoretical investigation of elasticity in insensitive explosives, 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Washington DC, August 23rd, 2017. Selected for Sci-Mix Presentation.
  • Gray, J.P., Burgo, D., Yuan, T., Seeram, N., Rebar, R., Follmer, R., Heart, E. Thymoquinone, a bioactive component of Nigella stavia, normalizes insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells under glucose overload via regulation of malonyl-CoA. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metlab, 2016. 310 (6): p. 394-404.


  • George C. Alexander and Robert T. Alexander Award in Chemistry, 2012

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS), 2017- Present

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