Dr. Bugayong earned her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 2009. Her graduate research focused on the chemical synthesis and development of innovative separation methods involving molecular tagging, ionic liquids and chiral proline with pharmaceutical and renewable energy applications. Previously, Dr. Bugayong earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dave Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University from 2009 to 2013. At MSU, she developed chemical materials and methodologies for the conversion of activated sludge biomass to renewable energy and value-added products. In 2013, she pursued additional postdoctoral research work at the Audubon Sugar Institute of Louisiana State University AgCenter. At LSU, she worked on lignocellulosic biomass conversion to renewable energy and value-added products. To date, she has authored/co-authored 16 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters and has made over 60 paper and poster presentations. In August 2015, she joined the faculty of Benedictine College where she is an Assistant Professor in organic chemistry.