See our reaction to the ACS ChemLuminary win. Check out our 2019 NCW Tailgate video.

The MSU SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society) is a nationally recognized, award winning student group that is part of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific community. 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, science awareness, promotion of chemistry, as well as 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 & Laura Olive

2019-2020 Events:

Date Event
07/31/19 Student Lounge Renovation Begins
08/27/19 ACS ChemLuminary Awards Banquet (San Diego, CA)
09/05/19 General Meeting: The State of SMACS
09/14/19 Dept. of Chemistry & SMACS Tailgate (Kansas State at MSU)
09/15/19 Escape Room Planning Session
09/19/19 SMACS/CGSA Joint Meeting
10/17/19 ChemDawg Photo Contest
10/18/19 NCW Group Photo
10/19/19 ChemDawg Rockers Tailgate Extravaganza
10/20/19 Decorate Hand
10/21/19 Bake Sale
10/22/19 Demos on the Drill Field
  Program-in-a-Box: Marvelous Metals
10/23/19 Grill Out and Dunk Tank
10/24/19 Periodic Table of Darts
  Pittman 80th Birthday Symposium
10/25/19 Seminar
10/26/19 Escape Room - Escape the Experiment
10/27/19 Escape Room - Escape the Experiment
11/07/19 Research Panel Meeting
11/21/19 Barn Party
  Gingerbread House Contest



Position Officer Email
President Zoe Fokakis
President Elect Olivia Murtagh
Vice President Sydney Canaday
Secretary Nathan Frey
Treasurer Ruby Hall
Outreach Coordinator Emily Davis
Social Media Coordinator Emily Chappell
Upper Classmen Representative Matthew Figgins
Lower Classmen Representative Hayden Davis
Faculty Co-Advisor Dr. Whitnee Nettles
Faculty Co-Advisor Dr. C. Edwin Webster
Faculty Advisor Dr. Eric Van Dornshuld

*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 by performing 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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