Student Members of the American Chemical Society



2015 Officers

Standing from Left to Right:  Executive Committee-William Kuenzinger, Dwight Johnson, Michaela E. Short, Krysten A. Harris, Vincent Cote Advisor-Dr. S. K. Airee, Sitting from Left to Right:  Secretary- Kristen H. McCrillis,Vice President- Drake T. Williams, President-Layla R. Gargus, Treasurer- Benjamin M. Ide. (PS:  Mid-year reshuffle resulted in Michaela Short as secretary, and Sofia Oliva and Jacob Thompson as members of the executive committee)

2013-14 Photos

L to R:  2013-14 Annual Report being written by SMACS officers president Krysten Harris, Priya Patel, secretary Stephanie Gourley, vice presdent Heather Vacovsky and treasurer Krishna Patel.
SMACS officers with the University chancellor Dr. Thomas A. Rakes and chemistry & Physics chair Dr. Rick Thomas after learning of chapter's Outstanding Rating from ACS
SMACS officers and KLS chair Dr. Phillip Shelton with the mayors of Weakley Co Houston Patrick and of Martin city Randy Brundige for National Chemistry Week Proclamations.

The 37th Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting sponsored by Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)

The meeting was held at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday, April 5. Thirty-six student research papers representing the work done at eleven Universities were presented.


Some of the organizing UTM SMACS are: Seated L to R: Sydney E.McClure from Martin, secretary Stephanie  R. Gourley from Martin, Priya J. Patel from Savannah, president Krysten A. Harris from Union City, treasurer Krishna V. Patel, vice president Heather N. Streckert from Dyersburg, Layla R. Gargus from Martin; Standing: Vincent T. Cote from Big Rock, Eric D. Fussell from Newbern,  chemistry department chair Dr. C. R. Thomas, Destin L. Fouche' from Bartlett, Dr. Nancy Hinds, and SMACS faculty advisor Dr. S. K. Airee. 

Clockwise: William Crosby, Meagan Eason, Eric Staggs, and Matthew Roberson presenting their research.

One of the SMACS Group posters.

Eight UTM SMACS Participate in the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society at Dallas March 16 – 18, 2014

SMACS presented a demonstration of Bouncing Polymer Ball, and Lava in a Cup, a poster of their activity of Fuel and Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Demonstrations in Conjunction with Green Chemistry Activities, assisted as volunteers with several organizational events, and received plaques for Outstanding Rating and for Green Chapter designation at the Awards Ceremony. Joining them at the ceremony were ACS president Diane Grob Schmidt, UT-Martin Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Science Dr. Richard Helegeson,Vice Chancellor of University Advancement Dr. Andy Wilson, UTM

SMACS Visit the Discovery Park of America
January 27, 2014

The University of Tennessee at Martin chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (UTM SMACS) organized a tour of the Discovery Park of America in Union City on Saturday, January 25. The group enjoyed touring the Discovery Center housing nine permanent exhibit galleries, and several outside exhibits spread across the 50 acre campus. The group also met the visiting first married couple of space astronauts Robert "Hoot" Gibson and Rhea Seddon who combined have flown on each of the space shuttles with a total of 8 missons.  L to R: Faculty advisor Dr. S. K. Airee, SMACS president Krysten Harris, Stephanie Gourley, Willy Al-Otaibi, Will Crosby, Krishna Patel, Megan Spellings, astronauts Hoot Gibson & Rhea Seddon, Matthew Roberson, Priya Patel, Sydney McClure, SMACS treasurer Heather Vacovsky, Layla Gargus, SMACS secretary Chapell Smith, Mark Maloney and SMACS vice president Heather Streckert. Absent in the picture is the Shelton family.


   UTM SMACS NCW Demonstrations at JCLC

on October 25, 2013 in conjunction with
National Chemistry Week celebrations

Propane Soap Bubble on Fire on the Palm                                                        Red, White and Blue


              Fuel Cell Demonstration                                                   Elephant’s Toothpaste

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Dollar Bill on Fire ­¯                                                           Gun Cotton on Fire

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Mole Day 2013

Approximately three hundred students, faculty and others from area school/colleges attended the NCW Demonstrations Show by SMACS from four Murray, State, Bethel, Union and UTM at Martin on October 23, 2013


UTM SMACS at the 2013 Homecoming, October 5, 2013

UTM SMACS  had a significant presence at the 2013 Fall Homecoming. They donated canned food and displayed it in the periodic chart of elements, prepared ice cream with liquid nitrogen, dressed up for the “Roaring 20’s” theme, and demonstrated their dye-sensitized solar cell. The booth was a popular stop for a lot of visitors including several SMACS alumni.


Click below for the News Clips or the photos of 2012-13

Clips of  SMACS in the 2012-13 NEWS

A Photo Collage (70 pics) of the chapter's Activites in 2012-13

The students registered in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Pre-professional (Sci-Med, Pharmacy, etc.) Programs are invited to join the #1 Science Club on Campus


The following links leads one to discern the sort of activities the chapter undertakes:

1. UTM SMACS 2011-12 in the News

2. High School Science Bowl
3. Area Collegiate Chemistry Meetings.

4. SMACS participate in National ACS mtgs in NOLA and San Diego

5. SMACS 2011 Homecoming Viva Las Martin, Safety Goggles & Periodic

    Chart of Elements Food Cans for the Hungry

6.  SMACS Chemistry Merit Badge Clinic for Boy Scouts

7. Green Chemistry Activities

8. Miscellaneous Activities

9. Speakers

10. UTM SMACS YouTube

          (Earth Day 2011- Thermite Reaction, SMACS Tour for Solar Enery,  SMACS president Corey Jones interviews Dr. Jerry Bell re Sustainability, Science Bowl Interviews , WLJT-TV Interviews  re Green Chemistry at ACCM)

11. SMACS Visit Discovery Park in Union City

Copy of the Chapter Annual Report 2009-10

Student Member benefits  include:

A. Web access to Chemical and Engineering News weekly
B. National SMACS Newsletter - inChemistry
C. Careers Information

D. List-serv
E. Half-price discount for meals at KLS-ACS meetings

Notices of the activities are posted on the bulletin board on the 3rd floor
of EPS and also sent by e-mail to all members.

TO JOIN contact any SAACS officer or the Faculty Advisor Dr. Airee (EXT #7454, EPS 308D), or come by the Chemistry Department Office in EPS 319.

To access last year's home page, click here

To access the 2011-12 Homepage Click here

Page updated by Krysten Harris, Priya Patel and Dr. S. K. Airee, April 16, 2013

Page updated by Lee A. Elliott and Dr. S. K. Airee, May 10, 2010

Page updated February 3, 2011 by Sam Moran