Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

St. Mary's American Chemical Society Student Affiliates

SMACS is an organization dedicated to helping people, both on campus and in the community, enjoy chemistry. We meet every other week to discuss the different activities we are involved in, and others we might be interested in doing in the future. We usually have a fun demonstration in the second half of the meeting. Anyone interested in chemistry is welcome to join us.

2007 - 2008 SMACS Officers

Christina Falk: President
Rachel Flurie: Vice President
Shinhee Park: Secretary
Ann Kim: Treasurer
Mike Kessler and Gameli Agbleze: Demonstrations Coordinators

Dr. Andrew Koch, Faculty Advisor

Meeting Schedule

Watch for signs in Goodpaster Hall! We meet in the Shaefer Conference Room

Upcoming Events:

  • The national Chemistry Week theme this year is "Kitchen Chemistry"--so watch out for our demonstrations
  • Our new t-shirt logo: (front)(back)
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