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The MSU SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society) is part of the national organization, the American Chemical Society. MSU SMACS strives to cultivate leadership and promote science through education and demonstration. To achieve these goals, MSU SMACS offers leadership roles in officer and committee head positions.  The organization continues to further these goals by encouraging personal initiative in its members to develop creative ideas for fundraising awareness, promotion, social, and educational events. MSU SMACS supports members in their attendance and participation at chemistry conferences to encourage networking and career development.

2019 SMACS Crew

*Photo Credit: Emily Chappell

2018-2019 Events:

Date Event
08/22/18 Shades of Starkville
09/06/18 Joint SMACS/CGSA Meeting
09/10/18 The Chemistry of Baseball
10/17/2018 Speed Networking with Faculty
10/22/18-10/27/18 NCW: Out Of This World (15 events)
10/27/18 NCW Tailgate Extravaganza
11/14/18 Resume Building Workshop
11/08/18 SMACS Ice Cream Party at Henderson-Ward Stewart Elementary
11/29/18 Dept. of Chemistry: Barn Party
01/23/19 What To Do With Your Summer
02/07/19 Valentines Day Bags for Faculty & Staff
02/13/19 Faculty Appreciation Lunch hosted by SMACS
02/21/19 Undergraduate Recruitment at University of Southern Mississippi
02/26/19 ACS Program-in-a-Box: The Evolving Periodic Table
03/22/19 Officer Elections
04/04/19 STEM Fair at Webster County School
04/06/19 Officer Retreat - Escape Rooms in Tupelo, MS
04/07/19 Student Affairs Organization Fair
04/09/19 Annual Crawfish Boil
04/13/19 I Am Girl
04/25/19 DNA Day with Overstreet Elementary School

2018-2019 Officers

Position Officer Email
President Zoe Fokakis
Vice President Olivia Murtagh
Secretary Ruby Hall
Treasurer Sydney Canaday
Historian Keely Russell
Consultant Allie Hanson
Faculty Advisor Dr. Eric Van Dornshuld
Faculty Co-Advisor Dr. Whitnee Nettles
Faculty Co-Advisor Dr. C. Edwin Webster

*Photo Credit: Emily Chappell

How To Join

To become a member of MSU SMACS, go to and sign up for national membership. Then join us at the MSU SMACS biweekly meetings held in Hand Lab on the MSU campus on Thursday evenings at 6:00. Not sure about joining? The meetings are open to anyone that is interested in chemistry and educating the community: so come by and see if SMACS is for you.

Benefits of Being a Member of SMACS:

  1. Meeting new people, such as fellow students and faculty members
  2. Funding opportunities for research, travel, and conferences
  3. Involvment within the Department of Chemistry, the campus, and the community
  4. Gain hands on experience through science demonstrations
  5. Stay connected in the science community through ACS membership
  6. Gain insight into different career options in chemistry
  7. SMACS sponsors service projects allowing members to give back to the community
  8. SMACS is fun, and anyone can join and be a part of the great MSU chapter!


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