Chemistry Department Clubs and Organizations

American Chemical Society Student Chapter

We are a nationally recognized Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS)!  Our chapter promotes career development, volunteer outreach, and community building for chemistry majors and minors at Belhaven University.

The American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 and exists to support chemistry. They have over 157,000 members and are considered the world’s largest scientific society. Each year the ACS hosts two national meetings covering the complete field of chemistry and also hosts many other smaller scientific meetings. The ACS is made up of various regional groups and smaller sections. Each of those sections has a number of different universities and other chemical related professionals. Typically each university will establish an ACS Student Chapter.

The Belhaven University ACS Student Chapter was established in 2013. We involve all students who have an interest in chemistry and host a number of different events during the academic year. We organize social events, community service events, fundraising events, educational events, and professional development events. Some of our big events are our annual Fall picnic, National Chemistry Week (NCW), CCEW (Chemists Celebrate Earth Week), Singing Christmas Tree fundraiser, and the Mississippi Local Section of the ACS Award Banquet.. We do many different activities every year and would love for everyone to be invited. Watch for fliers announcing our events or visit with our chapter faculty advisor, Dr. Magers.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, our Student Chapter was one of only 72 universities nationwide to win the designation of “Outstanding” among the over 600 student chapters (‘20-’21 awards still pending). This is the highest distinction award given to Student Chapters from the American Chemical Society. Read more here.

2021-2022 Belhaven University Student Chapter Officers:

  • Karlee McKinney – President
  • Rebecca Ayres – Vice President
  • Madison McGuire – Secretary
  • Misa Meadows – Treasurer
  • Laela Evans – Outreach Coordinator
  • D’Onna Manning – Public Relations Coordinator
  • Dr. Magers – Faculty Advisor

Chemistry Club Photos


Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society

Sigma Zeta (www.sigma is a national science and mathematics honor society. We have our own chapter, the Beta Theta chapter, at Belhaven University established in 1983. Our chapter  seeks to recognize outstanding students in the fields of natural and computer sciences and mathematics.

Each Spring we invite prospective students who meet the membership requirements to join the society and be recognized for their academic achievement. Each Spring semester we host an annual awards banquet where members and initiates come together to foster scholarly activity and recognize academic scholarship.

Membership Requirements:

  • Major in any of the Natural Sciences (Biology, and Chemistry), Computer Science or Mathematics
  • Complete at least 25 semester hours, including 15 semester hours in Natural Sciences, Computer Science, or Mathematics
  • Attain at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average in Science and Mathematics courses
  • Attain at least a 3.00 overall grade point average

See the benefits of membership on the Sigma Zeta website .