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SPS (Society of Physics Students)

Dr. Scott Hawley is the faculty advisor for this organization.

Club Officers
President:     Daniel "Toast" Taber
Vice-President:     Georgia Fisher
Secretary:    So Ra "Sarah" Chung
Treasurer:    Cameron Hardwick

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Physics Students Sponsor an 'Egg Drop' Contest
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Dr. Scott Hawley dropping the apparatus of SPS
President Daniel Taber, who is holding the height
 Anthony Irwin - 1st place winner
 Alisha Dowling - 2nd place winner
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) at Belmont University sponsored an "Egg Drop" contest on April 12, 2013.  Students from across the university were invited to compete by building an apparatus which could contain an egg, allowing it to be dropped from the maximum possible height without breaking.  The 1st Place Winner was Anthony Irwin, a double major in Physics and Audio Engineering Technology,  and the 2nd Place Winner was Alisha Dowling, a Medical Physics major.  Both Mr. Irwin's and Ms. Dowling's apparatuses sustained drops from over 6 meters with no egg breakage, but after a brutal tiebreaker, Mr. Irwin claimed the prize of a $25 gift certificate provided by Bongo Java -- makers of the 'Egg Bomb' breakfast sandwich. 

Society of Physics Students (SPS) build a trebuchet! 



Society of Physics students Phil Feurtado, Clark Shell and Stewart Brenegar show off the trebuchet they built.  A trebuchet is a medieval siege device similar to a catapult.  It uses the potential energy of a heavy weight set to launch a smaller projectilegreat distances.

Beta Chi


This student organization's purpose is to promote research in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology through seminars and laboratory opportunities, while providing a social setting for networking and volunteering.

Dr. Rachel Rigsby serves as the faculty advisor for this organization.

Club Officers for 2014-2015:

President               Paul Hanna
Vice-President       Vickie Lim
Secretary               Chris Bowens
Treasurer               Jacob Curry
Historian                Himesh Zaver

SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society)

SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society) has an active chapter on campus. Belmont received a Commendable Award for the activities of their local chapter at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA in March 2012 . The chapter also received a Commendable Award at the ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA in March 2011. Dr. Alison Moore and Dr. Rachel Rigsby are the faculty advisors. Students involved in SMACS have participated in the following activities:

  • attended regional and national ACS (American Chemical Society) meetings
  • visited local high schools to present Chemistry demonstrations
  • offered convocation programs on campus as part of National Chemistry Week
  • participated in Explorations in Chemistry --- High School Chemistry Day at Belmont
  • participated in CSI Week at Belmont and CSI: Belmont......Whodunnit?

The Belmont chapter of SMACS entered a video in the ACS Presidential Video Challenge. The videos are to reach out to elementary and middle school students and help them develop an awareness of who chemists are and to understand how important chemistry is to their lives. Here is the link to Belmont's SMACS video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKr__4TXV9g

National Chemistry Week 2013

National Chemistry Week, October 20-26, was celebrated on the Belmont campus with events sponsored by students and faculty associated with the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS) club. Dr. Alison Moore and Dr. Rachel Rigsby are the club faculty advisors.  The activities included: Hey, Look at this Awesome Science!  Convocation that focused on science in everyday life; Pin the Element on the Periodic Table activity and celebration of Mole Day, with a cupcake giveaway; Words with Elements activity, using atomic symbols to spell words; and a club Fall Cookout and Pumpkin Carving at Dr. Moore’s house. National Chemistry Week is an annual event that encourages chemists and chemistry enthusiasts to build awareness of chemistry at the local level and promote the value of chemistry in everyday life. Mole Day is celebrated every October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. in commemoration of  Avogadro’s Number, according to the National Mole Day Foundation Inc. website (yes there is one).What’s Avogadro’s Number? It is 6.02 x 1023 , a basic measuring unit in chemistry discovered by the 18th century chemist Amadeo Avogadro. This explains the time and day it is celebrated: 6:02 10/23. For the nongeeky, nonsciencey types out there, a mole is a number used in chemistry quite a bit. It is used to measure the number of atoms or molecules in a sample, and it equals 6.02 x 1023—a pretty hefty number. It was a fun, geeky week for all!

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American Chemical Society's 245th National Meeting


Belmont Chemistry faculty Dr. Rachel Rigsby and Dr. Alison Moore, along with six Belmont University students, attended the American Chemical Society's 245th National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans, LA.  The conference took place on April 7-11, 2013, with over 15,000 chemists, academics, students, and other professionals in attendance.  The focus of the meeting was the chemistry of energy and food in our society.

Five Belmont students presented undergraduate research posters:
  • Logan Books:  "Determining Chemical Compounds in the Mint Plant Blephilia Ciliata"
  • Michelle Leatherwood:  "Redox Reactions of a Schiff-base Copper(II) Complex"
  • Dviti Mody:  "Antioxidants and Polyphenol Activity: It's Getting Hot"
  • Soham Mody:  "Save your Bible the Organic Way"
  • Rebecca Newton:  "Greener Synthesis of Carvone from the Oxidation of Limonene"

Michelle Leatherwood and Fatin Jweinat also presented the SMACS (Student Members of the American Chemical Society) chapter poster, "Belmont Student Members Show the Community that Science is Fun".